U.S. Politics News

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
Many people think of Woodrow Wilson’s legacy exclusively in terms of foreign policy. But his domestic achievements should not be overlooked. Economist Kent Hughes says that creation of 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
It was going to change the world. Some said for the better and others for the worse. As we observe the 20th Anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), we offer three perspectives (Canada, Mexico, US) on 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
Tension is high between the U.S. and its European allies over revelations about NSA spying. Georg Mascolo, former Editor-in-Chief of the German news weekly Der Spiegel recently met with Edward Snowden and has co-authored an article about the need to rebuild trust between allies. In this interview he summarizes 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.

IAEA Chief Cites Modest Iran Nuclear Progress; Official Report Due

Nov 15, 2013
Public Policy Scholar Michael Adler interviewed IAEA Chief Yukiya Amano and reports in Breaking Defense that Iran’s recent slow down on its nuclear program could signal a readiness to create favorable conditions for a deal with the U.S.

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