AIF Blog

July 16, 2018
Andrew Weiss, Evelyn Farkas, Steve Clemons, Kori Schake, and Peter Wittig talk about President Vladimir Putin and Russia at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.President Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday during a time when international relations are being tested. On the heels of a tension-filled NATO summit, Russia experts wonder whether Trump’s meeting with Putin will address the Russian...
July 12, 2018
 Journalist Maria Hinojosa on stage at the Young Adult Forum at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. The third annual Young Adult Forum in June began with emcee, Pete Dominick roving the room and questioning attendees at random. He asked them to state the issues they're most passionate about. As topics like Immigration reform and racism were said aloud, it was clear Dominick’s ice breaker underscored this crowd's...
July 11, 2018
Elliot Gerson, Mircea Dan Geoana, Kati Marton, and Doublas Lute discuss President Trump and the Brussels NATO summit during a panel at Aspen Ideas on June 30.President Trump is attending a meeting in Brussels this week with NATO allies. Shortly after the Summit began, Trump disparaged the alliance and told NATO's secretary general that other nations must increase military spending, according to The New York...
July 03, 2018
Katie Couric interviews James Comey at the Aspen Ideas Festival on June 30, 2018.Former FBI Director James Comey says transparency and a desire to maintain his agency’s credibility prompted him to reopen the Hillary Clinton email investigation in 2016. He sent a letter to Congress days before the presidential election saying he had new evidence in the case. To this day, some people blame him for Clinton’...
June 30, 2018
Aspen Ideas Festival (including Fests 1 and 2, and the fantastic Spotlight Health session that kicked it off) included 387 sessions — and produced untold hours of video and audio, thousands of tweets and posts, millions of impressions, live broadcasts, and probably a fruitful conversation or two.Attendees will be talking about their experiences at the festival at board meetings, dinner parties, and bus stops in the...
June 30, 2018
By Megan Garber, The Atlantic.Here are some of the complaints that have been made about the #MeToo movement as it has expanded and become a subject of debate: It is irrational. It is overly angry. It is insufficiently orderly, insufficiently tidy, insufficiently complacent. It takes up too much space. It does not know its place.In short, many of the criticisms of #MeToo—and many of the demands critics have made of...
June 30, 2018
By Megan Garber, The AtlanticHere are, in no particular order, some of the things that are happening in America right now: The Supreme Court has upheld President Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban. The Supreme Court has dealt a major blow to public-sector unions and the labor movement. Anthony Kennedy has announced a retirement that will drastically change the Court’s makeup. A 28-year-old Democratic Socialist has...
June 29, 2018
By Alia Wong, The AtlanticLast summer, Charlottesville, Virginia, became the site of a multi-day white-supremacist march and rally that left one woman, a counter-protester, dead, setting off a wave of emotions and accusations that shook the city and the country. Charlottesville has still not come to terms with that event, said Melody Barnes, former President Barack Obama’s chief domestic policy adviser, late Monday...
June 29, 2018
By David A. Graham, The Atlantic. For years, pundits have fixated on what the influx of Millennial voters will mean for American democracy. But now they’re getting old. Not the takes—though those are getting old, too—but the Millennials themselves. As that cohort ages into maturity and becomes the nation’s largest voting bloc, the next generation of voters will become important to watch. That could be especially...
June 29, 2018
Alexandra Horowitz is a scientist studying dog cognition and adjunct associate professor teaching psychology at Barnard College of Columbia University. She's speaking a part of the Genius of Animals track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Below she answered our questions on the relationship between dogs, humans, and the sense of smell.Your book, Being a Dog, explores the powerful sense of smell that dogs possess. How...

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