U.S. Politics News

A New Cold War? The Future of US-China Relations

Dec 13, 2012
The shadow of the Cold War still looms large over global affairs. Could increasing competition between China and the United States lead us back to another super-power stand-off? China expert Cheng Li discusses the consequences of a downturn in US-China relations.

Obama's Second Term: The Foreign Policy Agenda

Dec 06, 2012
From ongoing turmoil in the Middle East and the need to "pivot" to the Pacific in response to China's rise, situations demanding the administration's attention abound. And the clock is still ticking on Iran's movement toward becoming a nuclear power. Veteran journalist David Ignatius of The Washington Post tells us what to expect from Obama Administration foreign policy during the next four years.

Getting Back to Legislating: Reflections of a Congressional Working Group

Nov 26, 2012
Congress has changed dramatically over the last half century, from a culture of legislating to a culture of campaigning, according to a new report prepared for the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Wilson Center by Donald Wolfensberger, who is a scholar at each organization. The report finds that this culture is not conducive to bipartisan compromise or serious problem solving and contains suggestions for changes the new Congress could implement to effect a returned focus to legislating.

Beyond AGOA: An Update Case for a Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Between Africa and the United States

Nov 20, 2012
In this paper, McDonald, Lande & Matanda argue that, premised on conditions here in the U.S., in Africa and elsewhere, the ‘perfect storm’could be brewing for an effective renewal or enhancement of AGOA before the program expires in 2015. With ingredients such as the Obama Administration’s ‘whole-of-government’ approach, Africa’s rapid ascent as a trade and investment destination and the risk of an inappropriate response to China and other third countries’ Africa engagement, the paper’s recommendations pivot towards ensuring that the U.S. and Africa form a more equitable commercial partnership.

New HAPP Occasional Paper: A 21st Century Vision for U.S. Global Media

Nov 15, 2012
The Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program is pleased to announce the publication of an Occasional Paper, “A 21st Century Vision for U.S. Global Media,” by Wilson Center Senior Scholar A. Ross Johnson and R. Eugene Parta.

Should Lawmakers and White House Have Been Warned of Petraeus Investigation?

Nov 15, 2012
When the Petraeus news hit, congressional leaders bemoaned not being notified beforehand. Gwen Ifill talks to Wilson Center President and former ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee Jane Harman and former Justice Department official Matthew Miller about when and if Congress and the president should be briefed on such investigations.

Is the Petraeus Scandal about National Security?

Nov 15, 2012
Jane Harman talks to CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the departure of David Petraeus as CIA Director.

Foreign scholars look at the U.S. election

Nov 13, 2012
Fazley Siddiq, Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Canada-U.S. Relations, and Barbara Falk, Wilson Center public policy scholar, and former Wilson Center public policy scholar Pierre Martin, provide insight and analysis on the U.S. presidential election.

Woodrow Wilson’s second term may be model for Barack Obama

Nov 08, 2012
With Steven Spielberg’s film “Lincoln” hitting theaters this Friday, there’s a lot of hype about what our next president — now that we know who he is — can learn from Honest Abe about running and healing a politically divided country. But as Barack Obama heads into his second term, there’s another president who may have just as much relevance as a role model: Woodrow Wilson.

Second Chances and the Three Two-Term Phenom

Nov 06, 2012
Prognostication and analysis from Wilson Center Vice President Aaron David Miller on the 2012 presidential election.

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