U.S. Domestic Policy News

Latin American Program in the News: As Colombian Drug Gangs Collapse, Mexican Cartels Get Tons of Cheap Coke

Apr 26, 2013
Fellow Daniel Rico remarks on the increased competition between Colombia's Bacrim as the suppliers of cocaine and the strengthening of Mexican cartels were as buyers and traffickers of illicit substances into the United States.

Keeping the Lights On: Cyber Threats and the North American Power Grid

Apr 25, 2013
Attempted cyber attacks on critical infrastructure occur daily throughout the world. And the job of protecting critical infrastructure from potentially catastrophic disruptions is a 24-7 undertaking. Leading cyber security expert Mark Fabro discusses the U.S. and Canadian efforts to protect the North American power grid.

A Brief History of Congressional Reform Efforts

Apr 22, 2013
Congress has undergone many changes since World War II, most of which have had to do with adapting to the complexities of modern society and the commensurate growth in the Executive Branch bureaucracy and powers of the presidency. The first major post War reform efforts begun in 1945 and 1965 were premised on the belief that any institutional changes should be bicameral and bipartisan. Consequently, joint committees of equal party and chamber representation were formed to conduct a comprehensive study of the organization and operations of Congress with a view to strengthening it...

Every American Muslim's Fear After the Boston Bombing

Apr 22, 2013
The Tsarnaev brothers are Muslim. They are homegrown jihadists. But careful, writes Wilson Center Fellow Charles King, are these terrorists really any different from Adam Lanza and other mass murderers?

The Boston Bombing Suspects and The Caucasus

Apr 22, 2013
So far the links between the horrors in Boston and the distant region of the North Caucasus are tenuous. The operative comparison in the coming days may not be with bearded jihadists fighting in the forests of the North Caucasus but rather with homegrown American terrorists radicalized by the internet and misguided youthful ardor. We must all wait for the facts to come out, writes Charles King in the Wall Street Journal.

Bombing Suspect: Civilian or Enemy Combatant?

Apr 22, 2013
With the Boston bombing suspect now in custody, how do we balance his constitutional protections as a U.S. citizen with the need to get intelligence on other possible threats? Jane Harman debated this question with a panel on Fox News Sunday.

Latin American Program in the News: Venezuelan Election's Winged Endorsement

Apr 15, 2013
Director Cynthia J. Arnson remarks on the use of references to Chávez by Maduro as a way to shore up support for himself and validate his own legitimacy within chavismo.

Latin American Program in the News: El futuro de las alianzas 'heredadas' por Chávez a Venezuela

Apr 15, 2013
Director Cynthia J. Arnson weighs in on the diplomatic alliances that Venezuela has forged with countries in the Latin America and how certain regional nations are somewhat economically dependent on the continuation of Chávez's leftwing policies in Venezuela. (In Spanish)

Latin American Program in the News: The well-greased vote machine Chavez left

Apr 15, 2013
Director Cynthia J. Arnson calls the ruling socialists' get-out-the-vote efforts in Venezuela extremely atypical for a democracy.

Latin American Program in the News: Maduro, con enorme maquinaria de promoción

Apr 15, 2013
Director Cynthia J. Arnson comments on the Chávez/Maduro machine and how State and campaign funds are increasingly becoming conflated, which gives the incumbents an electoral edge. (In Spanish)

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