U.S. Politics News

U.S.-Sponsored Broadcasts to Other Countries

Jul 05, 2013
Senior Scholar Ross Johnson discusses the purpose of Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and other services which operate as tools for diplomacy and foreign policy, but which some have criticized.

Crime Violence in Mexico: Is the Tide Turning?

Jun 26, 2013
Recent government statistics suggest that an almost decade long focus on reducing crime related violence in Mexico is working. But do the numbers accurately depict what’s really happening? Are the efforts of the new administration and its recent predecessors improving public safety and helping to change the country’s image? Our guest, David Shirk, has been following the situation for many years and offers a broad perspective on what’s gone before, the current situation, and prospects for the future during this edition of CONTEXT.

John Kerry, Lone Ranger of the Middle East

Jun 26, 2013
John Kerry has made the Middle East peace process a major priority of his term as secretary of state. But the prospects of success are not very high. That raises the question of what Kerry's strategy is -- and what his motivations are, writes Aaron David Miller in Foreign Affairs.

Latin American Program in the News: Saga Snowden: on ne provoque pas Washington impunément

Jun 24, 2013
Cynthia J. Arnson comments on the impact upon US relations with Latin American countries that offer asylum to Edward Snowden. This article is in French.

Latin American Program in the News: EE.UU. amenaza con represalias a China y Rusia por el caso Snowden

Jun 24, 2013
This article refers to comments made by Cynthia J. Arnson on the consequences for US relations with Latin American countries that grant asylum to Edward Snowden. This article is in Spanish.

Latin American Program in the News: EE.UU, aguijoneado por el caso Snowden, amenaza con represalias a China, Rusia y países latinoamericanos

Jun 24, 2013
This article refers to comments made by Cynthia J. Arnson on the "direct consequences" of US relations with Latin American countries that aid Edward Snowden. This article is in Spanish.

The New Problem From Hell

Jun 13, 2013
"The commentariat is looking for ways to press the administration to act. Their arguments are largely correct: Syria is indeed a moral, humanitarian, and strategic disaster. But their prescription for action is long on generalities and short on specifics," writes Aaron David Miller in a Foreign Policy op-ed.

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Memorial Exhibit and Learning Center Re-opens to the Public

Jun 07, 2013
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Memorial Exhibit and Learning Center officially reopened Tuesday, June 4 after undergoing extensive enhancements.

How Well Do You Understand the U.S.-Mexico Border?

Jun 04, 2013
In this Context interview, Wilson Center Vice President of Programs Andrew Selee discusses common misperceptions about the U.S.-Mexico border.
A Free Syrian Army fighter takes cover during clashes with Syrian Army in the Salaheddine neighbourhood of central Aleppo August 7, 2012.

Syria: No Good Options

May 30, 2013
"Governing is about choosing. When America acts, it has to ask itself two questions, not just, can it accomplish it? If we wanted to unseat the Assads, we could do it. The question is not just that, it's what will it cost? It's the second question that always needs to accompany the first," said Aaron David Miller.

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