North America News

Have Canada's Rules Helped Avoid Big Oil Spills?

Apr 05, 2012
Two years after Deepwater Horizon, memories linger of the massive Gulf oil disaster. In this interview, experts contrast Canada’s unique drilling regulations, which split responsibilities between Ottawa and the provinces, with a US regulatory framework overseen exclusively at the federal level.

Political Demography at the Monterey Institute of International Studies

Apr 05, 2012
Jack Goldstone, Richard Cincotta, Jennifer Sciubba, and Geoff Dabelko spoke at the Monterey Institute for International Studies on key developments in political demography.

Mexico Institute in the News: The Politics of Exports and Jobs

Mar 29, 2012
Rick Santorum proposes negotiating several free trade agreements in the first year of Presidency, even though he was against the NAFTA back in 1993.

Mexico Institute in the News: The North American Security Perimeter: The North American Leaders Summit and Reviving Trilateral Integration

Mar 27, 2012
What the upcoming North American Leaders Summit will mean for the United States' relationship with Canada and Mexico.
National Security

New Laws Needed to Fight Terror

Mar 27, 2012
Amid unprecedented security concerns, bright legal lines are needed for aggressive intelligence-gathering and to guard privacy rights, Wilson Center President Jane Harman writes in Foreign Policy.

With Congress at Low Point, Time for Reform Is Now

Mar 14, 2012
Former House Rules Committee staffer and Wilson Center expert Don Wolfensberger lays out a step-by-step plan to restore Congress’ “culture of lawmaking.” Committees—not party leaders—should control legislative work, he says, and campaign finance reforms are needed to shift attention from 24-7 fundraising.

Fall 2012 CWIHP Internship Opportunities

Feb 28, 2012
The Cold War International History Project is currently accepting internship applications for the Fall 2012 academic semester. Deadline to apply: 7/20

Mexico ‘Critically Important’ to US Economy

Feb 24, 2012
Enhanced North American economic integration benefits all of the United States—not just the border—Mexico’s Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan and former United States Trade Representative Carla Hills say. Mexico differs from other trade partners, since its U.S. exports contain such a large share of U.S. content, they note.

Five Myths About the Presidency

Feb 17, 2012
Americans are presidency-addicted. We can’t get enough information about our presidents, yet there is a woeful misunderstanding of the office. The president is more often than not at the mercy of events rather than a master of them. Our greatest presidents were also lucky: They inherited national crises and times that were ripe for change — and had the skills and capacity to act. As we prepare to celebrate Presidents’ Day, let’s correct some common misconceptions about the job and the people who have held it.
Trita Parsi

Iran-U.S. Ties Fray on Nuclear Concerns

Feb 08, 2012
The threat of military confrontation between Iran and the U.S. is real, as bilateral relations touch a low point on Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon, says Trita Parsi, founder of the National Iranian American Council. A former Wilson Center public policy scholar, Parsi questions whether efforts to negotiate and engage with Iran have hastened conflict, making war a more real risk than under the Bush administration, which employed a more hardline approach to Iran.

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