The political context makes it clear that the US will not have a climate bill ready in time for the talks in Copenhagen, and the commonly accepted premise seems to be that without climate legislation enacted domestically, the US won’t be able to sign on a global deal on climate change in December.
The first Tuesday in November is traditionally voting day in the USA. The national and international attention has been concentrated on the every four year presidential vote. The in between votes in which members of the Houses as well as one third of the US Senate is elected are also watched with much interest. However, the less observed "off-year" vote still has a far reaching political broadcast.
Lecture and Discussion
Dr. Yegor T. Gaidar - Director of the Institute for the Economy in Transition - former Prime Minister of Russia
Lecture and Discussion
Dr. Helmut Tuerk - Vice President of the International Ocean Law
The current health care reform debate has become badly, even bitterly, divided over a host of politically sensitive issues, including the huge overall projected financial burden, the scale of government involvement, and the increasingly partisan and inter-party ideological battles. Combined, these issues make it almost impossible to predict whether President Obama can muster the 218 House of Representatives and 60 Senate votes he needs in order to enact a health care reform bill into law.
Gobsmacked by President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize? You have come to the right place. Chalk it up to the national character of my ancestral homeland. The election of the first African American president deserves global recognition. But if that is the committee's intent, the Nobel should have been given to the American electorate.
Since October 1, 2007, General William E. Ward has been the first Commander of the US Africa Command. At the end of September, Ward made comments at a discussion event hosted by the Atlantic Council on the construction, responsibilities, and challenges for the youngest regional commander of the US Military; which at this moment consists of 1,300 personnel of which nearly half are civilians.
Roughly one year after the bankruptcy of the Lehman Brothers Bank and the worst global financial crisis since the end of World War II, the state and government leaders of the world's twenty leading economic nations met in Pittsburgh. Much will be discussed including whether G20 is really the correct framework, or whether the interests have grown too far apart, and if the negotiations should be better directed by the leading nations.
Nearly three weeks after the presidential elections in Afghanistan, no clear winner has yet been certified. Instead, Afghan confidence in their electoral process had been undermined by the combination of rising allegations of fraud and the painfully slow reporting of results by the Independent Election Commission (IEC).
Lecture and discussion featuring the Minister President of Lower Saxony, Christian Wulff, MdL, and leading US economic experts on Friday, October 2, 2009 in Washington DC.