During the last 30 years, a new era of globalization brought great benefits to the US economy but also hollowed out many areas of middle-class work. Our global economy depends on increasingly complex flows of goods, services, and information. Data itself is one of the most critically important and fastest-growing components of cross-border Internet traffic.
Amanda Lindhout was held hostage for 460 days, converted to Islam as a survival tactic, and received “wife lessons” from one of her captors before risking a daring escape. A House in the Sky is her intimate account of survival and the search for compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity. Lindhout will discuss the role of personal narrative in providing historical context and social change.
How will the world deal with its geopolitical dynamics? Will we get together on climate, water, terrorism, and security? Can we shape our own history?
From the 2014 Afternoon of Conversation
Retired US Army General David Petraeus sits down with CBS's Bob Shieffer at the 2014 Afternoon of Conversation. Petraeus and Shieffer discuss ISIS and the conditions that have led up to the Syrian civil war and the current unrest in the Middle East.
What does the future of American foreign policy hold with regard to the Middle East wars, challenges with China, and the crisis with Russia?
The South and East China Seas? Persian Gulf? North Korea?
There's a pervasive (and therefore familiar) form of relativism in the culture of educated Americans. Many people believe that conversation across groups about ethical questions will quickly reach an impasse because each culture has different and incompatible ethical starting points from all the others. Cross-cultural conversation is pointless, then, because it is just a route to the discovery of irreconcilable differences.
By 2030, no country is likely to be a globally hegemonic power, and four megatrends will have shaped international relations: accelerated individual empowerment; the continued rebalancing of the (economic) world; novel and diverging demographic patterns; and scarcity and uncertainty in global resources.
Angela Stent served as an adviser on Russia under Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and maintains close ties with key policymakers in both Russia and the United States. Here, she argues that the same contentious issues — terrorism, missile defense, Iran, nuclear proliferation, Afghanistan, the former Soviet space, the greater Middle East — have been in every president's inbox, Democrat and Republican alike, since the collapse of the USSR.
Can the kinds of 21st century networks that connect the private sector, NGOs, government, and individuals address wicked problems (climate, disease, water, poverty) in ways that traditional institutions can not? Through the Global Solutions Network, Don Tapscott, renowned for his insights to the digital revolution. is leading significant research to how multi-stakeholder, self-governing networks are transforming our approach to global problems.
The Ukraine's political crisis has placed it at the forefront of global tensions. In the aftermath of its recent presidential elections, Ukraine remains in a tenuous state of transition, politically divided, occupied, and with Russia still intent on controlling its domestic and foreign policy. How will Ukraine respond to increasing energy prices and pressures from Russia?
US-Russian relations have reached one of their lowest points since the end of the Cold War. Michael McFaul, former ambassador to Russia and author of such books as Russia’s Unfinished Revolution, will shed light on the tenuous relationship between Moscow and Washington. As Russia and the US face off over Ukraine, can they continue to cooperate on Syria and Iran?
National Security 2024: What Might Liberty Look Like?
Thomas Friedman in conversation with Salam Fayyad, Former Prime Minister, Palestinian National Authority.
With Mike Mullen and The Altantic's Mike Mullen
A generation ago, New York and Tokyo were the world's only megacities. By 2025, the UN predicts there will be 37. All but a handful will be in the developing world. The fate of millions, then, rests on the question: what will life in these megacities look like?
Will Syria resolve itself? Might Egypt erupt yet again into bloody conflict? Might 2024 see a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, now 66 years old? Will diplomacy avert a military conflict with Iran over nuclear weapons?
A Conversation with Martin Indyk and the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg.
The Afternoon of Conversation is the Festival's signature event. An audience of more than 2,000 gathers in the Benedict Music Tent to watch big thinkers and doers engage in serious ideas about their work and the future.The 2014 lineup includes:
Russia — is it a rising or declining Great Power? Where will it be ten years from now?
The Arab Spring began three and a half years ago. Where will the revolutionary cycle be in a decade? Will Egypt be a democracy or still a dictatorship? What impact will the Syrian Civil War have had on the Levant? Will Israel and the Palestinians be at peace? Anne-Marie Slaughter, Shadi Hamid, Dalia Mogahed, Jeffrey Goldberg
Mike Bracken, Tim O'Reilly and Jennifer Pahlka discuss Delivering Government as a Platform.
From the 2014 Afternoon of Conversation
When planning for the future of a city, where does culture fit alongside other prospective infrastructure needs? What cultural elements are required to ensure that a city remains dynamic and appealing? This panel will explore how cities can leverage investing in arts and culture to secure and maintain competitive advantage.