U.S. Domestic Policy Events

The Other Welfare: Supplemental Security Income and U.S. Social Policy

November 04, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Supplemental Security Income, passed in 1972 during an innovative and expansive phase of the American welfare state, marked an effort to do welfare right. But economic and political circumstances, as well as the contingencies of the moment, all combined to turn the program into a source of controversy over such things as whether parents coached their children to act “crazy” in an effort to secure benefits or whether immigrants deserved benefits.

POSTPONED: Building Livable Cities and Healthy Communities: Policy and Planning Approaches for Resilience and Sustainability

October 02, 2013 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
A panel of experts will discuss innovative law and policy solutions for creating healthier neighborhoods, cities. Speakers will identify environmental change solutions for diseases like diabetes, obesity, asthma, and lung cancer. This seminar will showcase the latest in research and practice on how best to incorporate legal and policy tools into public health strategies.

Leadership in the Asia-Pacific: The Road Ahead for Japan and the United States HELD IN TOKYO

October 02, 2013 // 10:00am5:30pm
Asia Program
Economic growth and stability in the Asia-Pacific is hardly a regional issue. The world at large has a major stake in ensuring peace and prosperity in the region, especially amid growing risks worldwide. In the fifth annual Japan-U.S. Joint Public Policy Forum to be held October 2 in Tokyo hosted by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the Wilson Center, experts from both countries will gather to discuss the outlook and challenges ahead for Japan and the United States to take leadership in the Asia-Pacific region.

Housing Policies in the U.S. and Korea: Balancing Affordability with Financial Viability

July 24, 2013 // 2:00pm5:00pm
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
The Wilson Center is organizing this seminar in collaboration with the Land and Housing Institute (LHI), Korea Land and Housing Corporation, based in Seoul, Korea, as a part of a comprehensive study and exchange of affordable housing policies in the U.S. to inform Korean policies and programs. A panel of experts will examine best practices as well as limitations found in U.S. housing policies and will highlight patterns in programming.

Earth Observation Satellite Data-Sharing: Policies and Partnerships

July 15, 2013 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Science and Technology Innovation Program
On Monday, July 15, 2013, Secure World Foundation and the Commons Lab of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will co-host a panel discussion, entitled "Earth Observation Satellite Data-Sharing: Policies and Partnerships." Please note, this event will be held at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace from 12 to 2 PM and requires an RSVP by Friday, July 12, 2013.
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AUMF: Reasserting the Role of Congress

July 11, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
The law that authorized U.S. forces to act against terrorists after 9/11 is once again up for debate. The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) is seen by many as no longer applicable to a conflict that has moved beyond those responsible for 9/11. The enemy and the nature of the conflict have changed: is it time for the U.S. to revise or repeal the AUMF? This National Conversation includes expert commentators who have worked in many of the organizations most closely involved with the issue – Congress, the U.S. military and the CIA.
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Cybersecurity in Your Neighborhood: Why Public-Private Partnerships Matter

June 20, 2013 // 1:00pm2:30pm
How can we protect our infrastructure, and make it more resilient against the many hazards that are part of the 21st Century? This National Conversation is part of a dialogue between government and the private sector, to help make policy more effective.

Barriers to Cross-Border Labour Mobility for Professionals Doing Business in Canada and the United States (Toronto)

May 22, 2013 // 12:00pm1:30pm
Canada Institute
The Canada Institute launched the 16th issue of its One Issue, Two Voices series in Toronto on May 22, 2013. Addressing the problem of executive labor mobility, the publication and the panel addressed the barriers that professionals face when crossing the Canada-U.S. border on business. The moderator, Eileen Martin, who has extensive experience in immigration law as well as at border crossings as a customs agent, discussed the reality of what happens at the border; the two authors discussed the challenges faced by their members.
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Act of Congress: How America’s Essential Institution Works, and How It Doesn’t

May 17, 2013 // 12:00pm1:30pm
The founding fathers expected Congress to be the most important branch of government and gave it the most power. When Congress is broken—as its justifiably dismal approval ratings suggest—so is our democracy. Here, Robert G. Kaiser, whose long and distinguished career at The Washington Post has made him as keen and knowledgeable an observer of Congress as we have, takes us behind the sound bites to expose the protocols, players, and politics of the House and Senate—revealing both the triumphs of the system and (more often) its fundamental flaws.
Book cover from the Gingrich Senators
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The Gingrich Senators: The Roots of Partisan Warfare in Congress

April 25, 2013 // 5:00pm6:00pm
Congress Project
The much venerated Senate of the mid-twentieth century is now a distant memory. Today senators routinely electioneer on the Senate floor, play games with the legislative process, and question each other’s motives. Sean M. Theriault documents how one group of senators has been at the forefront of the transformation—the “Gingrich Senators,” which he defines as those Republicans who previously served in the House after New Gingrich was first elected. He shows how the Gingrich Senators are more conservative and more likely to engage in partisan warfare than the other Republicans.

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