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Global Women’s Leadership Spotlight: Colonel Eries Mentzer

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with Colonel Eries Mentzer, Vice Commander of Joint Base Anacostia Bolling and former Air Force fellow at the Wilson Center.  Col. Mentzer discusses her rise through the ranks of the United States Air Force and the personal and professional mentors who helped shape her career.  Gwen Young, the Director of the Wilson Center’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative also joins the discussion.


Event Recap: Japan's Leadership Role in the International Order

How is Japan navigating changes in global trade and its evolving economic relations with the United States, as well as the domestic expectations for Japan on the international stage? Those were the issues of focus at an event held in collaboration with the Social Science Research Council’s New Voice from Japan initiative, which seeks to introduce young and upcoming scholars in Japan to the world and tries to involve academics in the policy process.

U.S. Spotlight Fixed Squarely on AMLO as He Takes Reins in Mexico

On Dec. 1, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) will be sworn in as Mexico’s president. AMLO’s presidency will have important ramifications for the United States.

Through trade, travel, heritage and history, U.S.-Mexico relations touch the daily lives of more American citizens than ties with any other country. The two countries trade over $1 million a minute, have over $100 billion in mutual investment and share a million border crossings a day.

The Issues behind Election Day

The 2018 U.S. midterm election is one of the most contentious and closely watched in recent memory. Over the past year, Wilson Center experts and fellows have illuminated many of the issues that voters may be considering as they head to the polls – from migration to trade and more. Here is a sampling of research and analysis that takes on new relevance today:

The Evolving U.S. Congress: From 'Culture of Legislating' to 'Culture of Campaigning'

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we speak with Congressional Fellow Donald Wolfensberger about his latest book, “Changing Cultures in Congress: From Fair Play to Power Plays.” He explains the institutional dynamics behind the House of Representative’s transformation from an institution primarily focused on legislation and governance to one plagued by a culture of perpetual campaigning. He also offers thoughts on how the culture can change again and

A Bad Omen

The last time a Mexican president tried to manipulate the economy, it ended in disaster. Luis Echeverria tried to do just this to get around the budgetary restrictions that hindered his goals and political promises.

Contested Spaces, Tangled Webs: Indian Geopolitics Today

Over the last decade, the United States and India have sought to build a strategic partnership. At the same time, the rise of India's neighbor China, along with Chinese military assertiveness and trade imbalances and security threats emanating from China, have fueled new tensions with the United States. This event will offer an Indian perspective on the geometry of the India-U.S.-China triangle in the Indo-Pacific region. It will also lay out a way forward for New Delhi.

U.S.-China Competition and Implications for the Korean Peninsula

On September 13, 2018 Asia Program Director Abraham M. Denmark spoke at the Seoul Defense Dialogue 2018 for Plenary Session II: Strategic Balance in Northeast Asia: Cooperation and Confidence Building.  Below are his prepared remarks.

US-China Competition and Implications for the Korean Peninsula

2018 Korea Global Forum

A New Path Forward: Charting a Roadmap to Peace on the Korean Peninsula

Last year, tensions between the United States and North Korea brought the Korean Peninsula to brink of war. North Korea’s Kim Jong Un ramped up testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles designed to strike the American heartland. President Donald Trump threatened “fire and fury” in response to Pyongyang’s defiance.

Mexican Migration Flows: From Great Wave to Gentle Stream?

There are few relationships as long-standing, rich, and complex as the relationship between Mexico and the United States. Mexicans have always made substantial contributions to the labor force, economy, and culture of the United States, and today Mexicans continue to be the largest immigrant population in the United States. Not only is this population substantial in size, the flow of Mexican migrants coming to the United States is becoming more diverse.