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Five Myths About the Presidency

Feb 17, 2012
Americans are presidency-addicted. We can’t get enough information about our presidents, yet there is a woeful misunderstanding of the office. The president is more often than not at the mercy of events rather than a master of them. Our greatest presidents were also lucky: They inherited national crises and times that were ripe for change — and had the skills and capacity to act. As we prepare to celebrate Presidents’ Day, let’s correct some common misconceptions about the job and the people who have held it.

Jane Harman, Wilson Center Mourn Passing of Anthony Shadid

Feb 17, 2012
The Wilson Center family mourns the passing of Anthony Shadid – a remarkable reporter and unwavering champion for justice.

Engaging the Law in Eurasia and Eastern Europe

Feb 17, 2012
The Kennan Institute, in partnership with the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, and the University of Wisconsin Law School, is pleased to announce a new workshop series on “Engaging the Law in Eurasia and Eastern Europe.”

Latin American Program in the News: US Senators Warn Latin America on Iran Ties

Feb 17, 2012
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics Affairs held a hearing on February 16, 2012 on Iran’s relationship and influence in Latin America. Director Cynthia J. Arnson was among the witnesses.

Cold Welcome for Iran in Latin America; ‘Vigilance’ Still Needed

Feb 16, 2012
Several Latin American governments, which a few years ago joined in showy displays of anti-U.S. solidarity, are now distancing themselves from the Ahmadinejad regime, as tensions rise over Iran’s controversial nuclear policies and new administrations take over in key capitals, The Wilson Center’s Latin America Program director said Thursday. Briefing senators on Iran’s activities in the region, Cindy Arnson added that “vigilance” still remains necessary, to guard against any state or nonstate threat in the region. “Vigilance is essential, as is evidence-based consideration of the issues,” she told the subcommittee’s hearing on Iranian activities in Latin America.