Security and liberty are not a zero sum game. We have to be sure to protect them both when we develop policy.
—Jane Harman, 2011 Aspen Ideas
I live in a rough part of the world, and hard experience shows that if you have large numbers of citizens who do not yet fully grasp even the concept of the state, who largely are very poor and uneducated, and struggle daily just to survive, and who are susceptible to a five dollar bribe, democracy sometimes seems like a sham. And we have to think about if there are other ways. In a society, some will be more ready than others. I cannot think of an example of a reasonably successful democracy that started out with universal franchise. What I haven’t figured out yet is what should be the criteria for the franchise.
—Dele Olojede, 2012 Aspen Ideas
What if the US leadership proposed in the next round of the US-China Dialogue that the energy-hungry engines of global prosperity join together to discuss how they could cooperate in reducing their dependence on oil?
—Kevin G. Nealer
There’s one economy that you need to know and that is China plus America and it equals Chimerica.
Diversity in itself might not always work. It’s how diversity gets done.
—Shankar Vedantam, 2012 Aspen Ideas
To solve both the horrific crisis in global health and the paradox of escalating costs and decreasing health coverage in the United States, we need a unifying idea that provides moral grounding, a political basis for moving forward, and concrete standards for accountability. That idea is found in human rights—the right to health.
Power is the ability to affect others to get the outcomes you want.
—Joseph Nye, 2011 Aspen Ideas
It is unfortunately the challenge of a generation to engage in a worldwide struggle against terror.