U.S. Politics Events

Stealth Democracy: Americans' Beliefs about How Government Should Work---Roundtable Discussion with Authors

January 16, 2004 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Congress Project
with Co-authors: John R. Hibbing and Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, professors of political science, University of Nebraska; Discussants: David Skaggs, Executive Director, Center for Democracy and Citizenship; and Catherine Rudder, Professor and Director of the Masters Program in Public Policy at George Mason University

The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: Stepping Up to the Global Challenge

December 11, 2003 // 9:00am10:00am
Environmental Change and Security Program
U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Randall L. Tobias emphasizes the importance of prevention, treatment, and stigma reduction in this Director's Forum -- also his first major speaking engagement open to the public.

Congress and Trade Policy

November 17, 2003 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Congress Project
with Representative Sander M. Levin (D-MI), Ranking Democrat, House Trade Subcommittee; Thelma J. Askey, Director, U.S. Trade & Development Agency; Kent Hughes, Director, Project on America and the Global Economy; Elizabeth Becker, Trade Correspondent, The New York Times

A Single Payer, Universal Health System? Current U.S. Proposals and the Canadian Model

September 23, 2003 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Canada Institute
Gregory Marchildon and Pierre-Gerlier Forest discussed the evolution of the Canadian plan of the single payer, universal health care system and its applicability as a model for the United States.

Congress and the Politics of Deficits

September 22, 2003 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Congress Project
with Rep. John Spratt (D-SC);Rudoph G. Penner, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute;Professor James Thurber, The American University;Andrew Taylor, CQ Weekly

African Oil: Its Strategic Significance, Emerging Issues and American Policy

June 27, 2003 // 9:30am11:00am
Africa Program
At the request of the Corporate Council on Africa, in conjunction with the CCA's Annual United States – Africa Business Summit, the WWIC's Africa Project organized a panel on "African Oil: Issues and Prospects." Moderated by Witney Schneidman, President of Schneidman & Associates, International and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa, the panel featured four renowned experts: Ibrahim Gambari, Special Advisor on Africa to the UN Secretary-General; David Gordon, Director of the CIA's Office on Transnational Issues; Ian Gary, Strategic Advisor on Africa to the Catholic Relief Services and co-author of Bottom of the Barrel; and Assistant Secretary for Economics Anthony Wayne. The panel examined the strategic implications of African oil – both for Africa and for the United States – and a host of difficult issues that surround the exploitation of African oil.

Canadian Anti-Americanism: Before and After 9/11

May 22, 2003 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Canada Institute
Reginald C. Stuart explored five varieties of anti-Americanism within Canada, their historical roots, and lines of argument. He questioned what such expressions expose about Canadians themselves, their view of America, and their potential power in the current and future Canada-U.S. relationship.

Congress, Intelligence, and Secrecy During War

May 09, 2003 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Congress Project
In this Congress Project seminar the chairman and ranking Democrat of the House Intelligence Committee examined the role of Congress in overseeing and reorganizing U.S. intelligence agencies and operations as part of our larger war against terrorism at home and abroad.

Congress and Homeland Security: Politics, Process, and Prospects

March 07, 2003 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Congress Project
Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Congress moved quickly not only to give the President authority to use force abroad against those responsible, but also to shore up the nation's internal defenses against terrorism. It enacted measures in such areas as aviation and port security, and bioterrorism. But it took nearly a year to resolve differences over creating a Department of Homeland Security that brings together 170,000 federal employees from 22 federal agencies with a budget of nearly $40 billion--the biggest executive reorganizion in a half-century. This seminar explored the interplay of politics and processes in Congress to address this new challenge as well as the outlook for the future.

Borderlines: Canada in North America

February 27, 2003 // 8:00am8:00pm
Canada Institute
The BorderLines: Canada in North America conference series was conceived by various high-profile Canadian business leaders, academics, journalists, and scholars who saw the need for a re-evaluation of Canada's relationship with its southern neighbors. This two-day conference fostered frank and informative dialogue about the state of the Canada-U.S. relationship.

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