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Trade Relations with the European Union

November 20, 2018
6:30pm - 8:30pm EST
2175 K Street NW, Washington DC

Join YPFP and the EU delegation to the US for a discussion about trade relations between the EU and the US. Given the President's announcement of a potential trade deal, come hear European Union experts talk about their perspective of trade relations as they stand and what might be in the future.


Barbara Sinclair Lecture

November 27, 2018
6:00pm EST
Constitution Hall

The American Political Science Association and the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies invite you to the first annual Barbara Sinclair Lecture. Awarded to a prominent congressional scholar, this lecture is given in honor of Dr. Sinclair’s signicant and lasting contributions to the study of Congress. Professor Sarah Binder of George Washington University and the Brookings Institution will deliver this inaugural lecture. Reception to follow.


Congress & the Presidency Journal

This publication is an interdisciplinary journal of political science and history, published by American University, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies since 1984. The journal is now being published three times a year. Congress & the Presidency features articles on Congress, the President, the interaction between the two institutions, and national policy-making.
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Alumni ·

AU School of Public Affairs Alumni Pursue and Win Public Office

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Research Shows Deeper Knowledge Not Necessarily Motivating for Voters

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European Public Affairs & Advocacy Institute students

European Public Affairs & Advocacy Institute

This unique course will introduce students to the art and craft of lobbying in the European Union.

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American University Magazine American

My Favorites: Rising Political Stars

Top 10 up-and-coming politicians

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Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute

Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute

The Institute features a two-week intensive course in major aspects of lobbying and political influence.

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A Winning Strategy

The Campaign Management Institute has become an internationally recognized curriculum in the art and science of campaigning.

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CCPS Video & Audio Clips

  • Setting Limits on Presidential Power Under the Trump Administration

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  • The Transition and the First 100 Days of the Trump Presidency

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Thurber Scholarship Endowment students

Thurber Scholarship Endowment

The James and Claudia Thurber Scholarship Endowment, established by former AU students and colleagues.

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