U.S. Politics News

"The Week That Changed the World:" The 40th Anniversary of President Nixon's China Trip

Feb 17, 2012
In 1972, President Nixon became the first U.S. President to visit the People's Republic of China. Forty years later, the impact of that historic trip is still evident, as the U.S.-China relationship extends to economics, security, and climate. “The relationship we have now with China is the most important one we have in the world,” said Douglas Spelman, deputy director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States. He predicts the many positives of bilateral cooperation will outweigh the negatives of such historically contentious issues as human rights, Taiwan, and religious freedom.

Dealing with a Rising China

Feb 17, 2012
Director J. Stapleton Roy speaks to the vice president of Walt Disney Parks, and leaders in the Chapman University community at a February 9 event on how to "deal with a rising China."

KICUS Director J. Stapleton Roy on Xi Jinping and Leadership Change in China

Feb 17, 2012
Converting the warm mood music brought by Xi into substantively improved Sino-U.S. ties will demand concessions that both sides are likely to resist.

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.

Xi Jinping's U.S. Visit Signals Healthy Ties

Feb 14, 2012
“Vice-President Xi’s visit is an important signal to show that the relationship is moving in the right direction,” former Ambassador to China J. Stapleton Roy told CCTV News. “This is a relationship that has enormous potential in one of the most promising areas of the world, which is East Asia.”

Can Cooperation Overcome Mistrust In U.S.-China Relationship?

Feb 13, 2012
Strategic mistrust between the U.S. and China is escalating, overshadowing their shared interests, says Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy. Vice President Xi Jinping’s visit will not produce immediate results but provides the two countries an opportunity to gain control of their relationship.

The U.S. and China Need to Show a Little Mutual Restraint

Feb 13, 2012
In this Washington Post Op-Ed, Director J. Stapleton Roy and Dr. Ken Lieberthal discuss U.S.-China relations and the growing strategic distrust between these two nations.
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.

Independent Swing

Feb 02, 2012
Linda Killian discusses independent voters with MSNBC's Alex Wagner and her NOW panel.
CONTEXT with Jane Harman

Jane Harman Assesses President's State of the Union

Jan 25, 2012
Wilson Center President and former member of Congress Jane Harman shares her reaction to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

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