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Legislating for the Future

December 14, 2007
When setting legislative agendas in Washington, Defense has always been a controversial issue. But it will become even more controversial in the future as Congress eventually comes to grips with the War on Terror and other defense issues such as changes in force structure, Department of Defense reform and base closing. The question is how Congress can address these defense issues before they become so difficult that action is impossible.

This question will be addressed in three papers to be presented December 14th by the Brademas Center for the Study of Congress, based at NYU Wagner. The papers are written by several of the leading scholars in the field – Paul K. Davis, Principal Researcher, The Rand Corporation, Kenneth R. Mayer, Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Michael O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution.

Book Launch: Adlai Stevenson's Lasting Legacy

November 7, 2007
Governor of Illinois, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and twice Democratic nominee for President of the United States, Adlai E. Stevenson II played a key role in American politics and international relations throughout the middle of the twentieth century. Acclaimed as one of the world’s great statesmen, Stevenson displayed a passion for a sensitive U.S. foreign policy in the nuclear era, emphasizing international institutions, consensus-building and diplomacy, a legacy that is vital today. Stevenson’s belief that America must lead by example to foster democracy, security, and peace continues to inspire.

Contributors to the volume will discuss the impact of Adlai Stevenson and how his legacy offers insights into current issues in American politics and foreign policy.

  • John Brademas, President Emeritus, New York University
  • William H. Luers, President, United Nations Association-USA
  • Adlai E. Stevenson III, former U.S. Senator from Illinois
  • Sir Brian Urquhart, former Under Secretary General of the United Nations
  • William J. vanden Heuvel, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Felicity Yost, Electoral Observer,United Nations
  • Moderated by: Alvin Liebling, U.S. Administrative Law Judge & editor, Adlai Stevenson's Lasting Legacy

Legislating for the Future: Social Security

Friday, September 21, 2007
Social Security remains one of the most controversial policy problems on the legislative agenda.  Although many experts agree that the program is headed for crisis, Congress simply cannot find enough focus to examine the problems, sift through the solutions, and reach a consensus on how to protect Social Security into an uncertain future.  The question is not whether the program will need repair, but what kinds of repairs Congress can bear.

This question will be addressed in three papers to be presented September 21 by the Brademas Center for the Study of Congress, based at NYU Wagner. The papers are written by several of the leading scholars in the field -- former White House aides and Brookings Institution scholars William Galston and Jason Furman, who has been a Visiting Scholar at Wagner,and RAND scholar Steven Popper. Galston's paper will explore the politics of making tough decisions on the program, Furman will talk about potential policy solutions for the future, and Popper will ask about the long-range solvency of the program under different scenarios. Together, the three scholars will help Congress understand both what might be done and how to generate enough political will to act.

The program is part of the Legislating for the Future project organized by Paul C. Light, the Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at Wagner.

NYU Celebrates President Emeritus John Brademas's Milestone Birthday and Public-Spirited Career

April 17, 2007
John Brademas, whose public-spirited career spans over five decades, from the United States Congress to New York University, will mark his 80th birthday at a gala celebration given by the University.

Conversation on Global Climate Change & the Environment

April 10, 2007
Please join us for a discussion between Senator John Kerry, author of This Moment on Earth, and Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, author of Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America, on the topic of global climate change and the environment.

Legislating for the Future: Global Environment

March 30, 2007
This conference on global environmental change will focus on three papers dealing with the difficulties of addressing the complex long-range issue of the global environment, given the institutional barriers to action in Congress. The panel of three speakers will examine the politics of the global environmental issue, ways that Congress can anticipate the future through new analytic approach, and the overall challenges of making long-range policy.

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