U.S. Politics News

Latin American Program in the News: "¿El Plan Colombia II?"

Feb 03, 2014
In this article about a proposal for a "Plan Colombia II" created by Senator Juan Fernando Cristo, the president of the Colombian Congress, Latin American Program Director is quoted about U.S. aid in El Salvador pre- and post-conflict. This article is in Spanish.

Government Task Force Recommends NSA Stop Collecting Phone Records

Jan 23, 2014
Jane Harman was interviewed on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports" regarding the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board's new report, which called the NSA's data collection program illegal. "My own view was and still is that the program is constitutional, but that’s only one piece. The second piece is, politically does it make sense, and in terms of US security, to have a program which is creating so much dissension in our own country?" Harman said.

CfA: Sixth Annual European Summer School on Cold War History

Jan 23, 2014
The Sixth Annual European Summer School on Cold War History is now accepting applications. It will be held at the Università di Trento from 4-6 September 2014.

Future Terrorists

Jan 07, 2014
We need to build bridges to those most vulnerable to radicalization, writes Jane Harman in The Los Angeles Times.

The Federal Reserve System: Woodrow Wilson's Most Important Achievement?

Dec 19, 2013
In this Context interview, economist Kent Hughes spoke on Woodrow Wilson's foreign policy legacy and the idea that the Federal Reserve System may be at the top of the list when it comes to evaluating Wilson’s presidency and legacy.

NAFTA at 20: Success, Failure, or Something In Between?

Dec 19, 2013
In this Context interview, an international panel offered their perspectives on the 20th Anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement and its successes, failures, and implications for future trade agreements.

Thinking About Think Tanks: What Are They and What Do They Do?

Dec 18, 2013
Think tanks set out to inform and influence public policy ideas and decisions. And yet, the ways they actually achieve impact or measure progress remain unclear and underexplored. In this interview, Andrew Selee answers the questions, what are they? What do they do? And how do they do it?

The Iran Deal: A Humanizing Breakthrough

Nov 25, 2013
So the recent talks in Geneva between Iran and the world’s six major powers produced far more than a long-elusive deal to restrict Iran’s nuclear program, writes Robin Wright in Time. Geneva laid the cornerstone to defuse 34 years of both overt and covert confrontation over a host of other issues too.

Do Friends Spy on Friends? What We Have Learned From the “Summer of Snowden”

Nov 20, 2013
In this Context interview, Georg Mascolo, former Editor-in-Chief of the German news weekly Der Spiegel, summarized what we have learned from the "Summer of Snowden."

The Military's Invaluable 'Soft' Power

Nov 19, 2013
"At a time when too many see U.S. foreign policy in kinetic terms, like drones or special ops, the 'soft power diplomacy' of disaster relief delivers life-saving help to desperate people, and improves their image of America," writes Jane Harman in The Huffington Post.

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