U.S. Politics Events

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The Changing Face and Changing Roles of the Foreign Service

February 25, 2015 // 10:30am11:45am
For more than two decades, the US Department of State, USAID and other foreign affairs agencies have worked to ensure that the Foreign Service looks more like America. Success in that effort could contribute immeasurably to the United States’ global leadership on a range of issues including gender equality, democracy and minority rights. A panel of experts will question if the Foreign Service has been successful in these efforts and explore how it must continue to evolve in a rapidly changing world.
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Authorizing Military Action Against ISIL: Geography, Strategy and Unanswered Questions

February 23, 2015 // 2:00pm3:00pm
For the first time in his Administration, President Barack Obama has submitted to Congress a formal request for additional authority to use military force. Is his draft Authorization for Use of Military Force against ISIL “alarmingly broad,” as The New York Times worries, or a narrow set of handcuffs? Does it empower the Presidency or create—as Senator John McCain put it—“535 Commanders-in-Chief”? From different angles, many ask: Does the proposed AUMF reflect sound law and sound strategy?

Colonel House: A Biography of Woodrow Wilson's Silent Partner

February 09, 2015 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
In this seminar biography, Charles E. Neu details the life of "Colonel" House, a Texas landowner who rose to become one of the century's greatest political operators. In 191l House met Woodrow Wilson, and almost immediately the two formed one of the most famous friendships in American political history.
Podcast

U.S. Arms to Ukraine: Tilting the Balance?

February 05, 2015 // 2:00pm3:00pm
Kennan Institute
What would be the outcome of changing policy and sending military assistance to Ukraine? Would such a step help Ukraine resist the aggression or further escalate the war? How would it change America’s role in the conflict?

Book Talk: "US Foreign Policy and Defense Strategy: Evolution of an Incidental Superpower"

January 30, 2015 // 10:00am11:30am
Kennan Institute
Does the United States have a plan for how it hopes to achieve its objectives on the global stage? Or is its position in the world an accident of history? Perhaps it is better to understand the United States as an incidental superpower—responding and adjusting to changes in the international system. If that is the case, given the instability and flux of current events, what might the future pattern of U.S. foreign and defense policy look like?
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A Conversation with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson

January 29, 2015 // 10:00am11:00am
Please join the Wilson Center for a major address by Secretary Jeh Johnson, the fourth Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Secretary Johnson oversees the third largest Cabinet department and leads the nation’s efforts to secure our country from a myriad of threats from terrorism to natural disasters. The address will be followed by a question and answer session with Wilson Center President Jane Harman.
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The Strategic Importance of AGOA's Renewal: A Discussion with African Trade Ministers

January 22, 2015 // 4:30pm5:30pm
Africa Program
The Woodrow Wilson Center, in partnership with African Union Mission, hosts the African Union ministerial delegation in a discussion on the strategic importance of AGOA, its timely re-authorization, and its role in the economic transformation and deepening the regional integration of the continent.
Podcast

Media Briefing: Obama in India

January 22, 2015 // 10:30am11:30am
Asia Program
A media briefing with Wilson Center experts on US-India political and economic relations.
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The U.S. and Cuba: The Way Forward

December 19, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
Latin American Program
This teleconference call will discuss the impact on the politics and economy of Cuba and the regime’s motivation and strategy going forward. What are the benefits and risks of this policy shift? What is the relationship, if any, between economic incentives and a broader political opening? Why is the Cuban government interested in better relations with the United States? Join us BY PHONE as three U.S.-Cuba experts discuss what these policy changes will mean concretely for Cubans on the island.
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Iran Nuclear Extension: Key to Deal or an Empty Room?

December 01, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
In case you missed the Ground Truth Briefing on the recent Iranian nuclear talks, please see this summary of the conversation with experts Robert Litwak, Ali Vaez and Robin Wright.

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