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To Govern Well, Return to the Basics

Polls show enormous disillusionment with our government and how it operates. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton says the answer is not wholesale change.

Even in an Economic Crisis, Follow the Money

Just because we're in a recession, it doesn't mean that special interests have cut back on trying to woo Washington lawmakers. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton says, "Even in an Economic Crisis, Follow the Money."

Beyond a Handshake: Making Peace with Enemies

Denouncing countries and refusing to talk to them may make us feel better in the short-run—but it makes little sense in the long run, says former Congressman Lee Hamilton. We should be confident in the ideals that have underpinned America's global ascent and confident that those ideals will triumph in the long-run, no matter who sits across the negotiating table.

Dealing With Pakistan Is Risky Business

Why do U.S. security experts say Pakistan is the most dangerous country in the world? Former Congressman Lee Hamilton discusses the myriad challenges facing Pakistan and how the United States might respond to them.

Ties That Bind U.S., Mexico

The security challenge drug cartels pose to both Mexico and the United States is deadlier than most Americans realize, says former Congressman Lee Hamilton. It is time we as a country recognized our contributions to our southern neighbor's security challenges and in cooperation with Mexico jointly address them.

What It Means to Be a Representative

One of the hardest jobs of an elected representative is learning how to represent a diverse constituency. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton explains "What It Means To Be A Representative."

Transition Sets Stage for Entire Presidency

The transition is a delicate, even crucial, point in any administration, says former Congressman Lee Hamilton. Today's transition is taking place in a particularly tough environment.

Rethinking the Important U.S.-Saudi Equation

While Saudi Arabia will remain an essential partner for the foreseeable future, the fundamentals of the U.S.-Saudia bilateral relationship require re-examination. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton discusses forging a relationship resting on a broader, deeper, and stronger foundation.

The Political Skill We Need Most

Ordinary Americans want quick action from Washington these days. Yet in these challenging and divided times, former Congressman Lee Hamilton says, the ability to build consensus is the political skill we need most.

Talk of America's Decline Is Overstated

In foreign policy, understanding how the long-term trajectory of world events and politics relates to present-day decisions is essential. Former Congressman Lee Hamilton discusses the major global trends impacting the next several decades.

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