U.S. Politics Events

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Changing Chinese Views of American Society

October 25, 2011 // 3:30pm5:30pm
United States Studies
Increasing numbers of Chinese travel to the US for business, tourism, or education, while others study American history and culture in local schools and universities. The Wilson Center was joined by experts from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences to discuss Chinese views of American society, politics, and culture.

Legislating International Organization: The US Congress, the IMF, and the World Bank

October 25, 2011 // 9:00am10:30am
Program on America and the Global Economy
Covering the history of the IMF and World Bank from their origins, Lavelle shows that domestic political constituencies in advanced industrial states have always been important drivers of international financial institution policy. She focuses in particular on the U.S. Congress, tracing its long history of involvement with these institutions and showing how the Congress wields significant influence. The impact of 2008 financial crisis has focused American politics on the global role played by the IMF and World Bank.
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Congress’ Influence on Foreign Policy: For Better or Worse?

October 17, 2011 // 4:00pm6:00pm
Congress Project
Congress does not pay close attention to foreign affairs; its oversight of the foreign policy establishment is sporadic and haphazard; and, when it does get involved, its decisions are usually driven more by politics than careful deliberation. That was the consensus of a panel convened at the Wilson Center Oct. 17 on the topic, “Congress’ Influence on Foreign Policy: For Better or Worse?”
American Dreamers
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Book Discussion: "American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation"

October 12, 2011 // 3:00pm4:30pm
United States Studies
Join us for a book discussion of Michael Kazin's new book, which provides a "panoramic yet intimate portrait of the American left."
U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta
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Defense Priorities: Today and Tomorrow with Secretary Leon Panetta

October 11, 2011 // 1:00pm2:15pm
We must not reduce our readiness or ability to perform essential missions, said Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in his first U.S. policy speech at The Wilson Center, but in our current fiscal environment it is imperative to scrutinize for savings.
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Informal Settlements in the U.S.: Sharing Lessons Learned at Home and Abroad

October 07, 2011 // 9:00am11:00am
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
In the United States today, there are people living in informal settlements without access to basic shelter, electricity, water, and sanitation. In recognition of World Habitat Day, please join us for a discussion on informal housing settlements in the United States and abroad.

A Conversation with H.E. Porfirio Lobo Sosa President of the Republic of Honduras

October 05, 2011 // 12:45pm2:30pm
Latin American Program
A private, off-the-record exchange with Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa was hosted by the Latin America Program. The President addressed questions of governance, security, and U.S.-Honduran relations.
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Liberty's Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from Washington to Obama

October 04, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Jeremi Suri, provocative historian and one of Smithsonian magazine’s “Top Young Innovators,” takes on the idea of American exceptionalism and turns it into a playbook for President Obama over the next, vital few years.
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Why We Botch the Ends of Wars

October 03, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
A persistent theme in American history in wartime is a failure to plan carefully for the aftermath of wars. Obsessed with the military aspects of their struggles, neither military nor civilian leaders pay close attention to political issues until the shooting is about to stop, making the achievement of a durable settlement dramatically harder.

On the Docket: The Legal and Media Worlds Look at the Supreme Court 2011 Term

September 19, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
United States Studies
Panelists will discuss the upcoming Supreme Court term and how the modern media covers our nation’s highest court.

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