AIF BLOG - July 2011

July 28, 2011
In preparation for our Happiness track at this year's Festival, we asked incoming Aspen Ideas speakers the following question: What makes you most happy? We received an outpouring of great answers, and we plan to share them here periodically. Happiness for me is playing with my children, traveling and exploring new places, cooking, riding my bike or hiking a mountain or swimming in the sea. Having the time to enjoy...
July 22, 2011
 The House Foreign Affairs Committee weighed a bill this week to strip Pakistan of all US foreign aid unless the country can prove it is helping to quell terrorism.Just days before the most recent terrorist attack, on July 13, in Mumbai, Shashi Tharoor, a member of Indian Parliament and former United Nations under-secretary general, was at Aspen Ideas where he spoke on the issue of terrorism in the session “From...
July 18, 2011
TIME magazine and the Aspen Ideas Festival joined forces to present a poll by Penn Schoen Berland on American opinions ten years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. See the slide below. Watch the session here. Time/Aspen Ideas Festival Poll: America Ten Years After 9/11  
July 12, 2011
As debt and deficit reduction talks continue to stall in Washington, we take a close look at what experts and leaders, including Alan Greenspan, Henry Paulson, Robert Rubin, Sheila Bair, and Alan Simpson had to say about these perilous economic issues while at the at the Aspen Ideas Festival, which took place from June 27 to July 3.A common criticism throughout the discussions is that our country’s current leaders...
July 07, 2011
By Meryl ChertoffDirector, Justice and Society Program, the Aspen InstituteDuring a program at the Aspen Institute's Ideas Festival, Justice Stephen Breyer and retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor both rejected the hoary notion that the "Supreme Court follows the election returns."  In a panel discussion with Dean Larry Kramer of Stanford Law School, moderated by Jeff Rosen of the New Republic, the two former High...
July 02, 2011
President Bill Clinton made a special appearance at the Aspen Ideas Festival Saturday afternoon. Interviewed by The Atlantic’s Ronald Brownstein, Clinton spoke to crowd of nearly a thousand guests including Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and many of AIF’s 2011 speakers.Clinton answered questions on a wide range of issues including clean energy,...
July 02, 2011
Blue skies of over Anderson Park.  “Our unsustainable fiscal trajectory undermines business confidence. The deficit becomes a symbol of our inability to manage economic affairs.” —Robert Rubin“In Cuban music, every instrument answers to the other. Everything is linked together and the importance is the dynamics of the instruments.” —Orlando “Maraca” Valle“Young people…don’t see politics as a way to impact the public...
July 01, 2011
Josh Nesbit at Aspen Ideas talking about scaling technology to bridge gaps in health systems. To see more video interviews, go to genConnect's Aspen Ideas page.
July 01, 2011
Aspen Ideas' Afternoon of Conversation is a signature event, and yesterday's was no exception. Over a thousand guests filled the Benedict Music Tent for a stimulating afternoon of discussions on the dais. Speakers included a Supreme Court justice, the leader of Israel's opposition, a cabinet secretary and more; it was a heady way to spend a rainy day in Aspen.Here are the highlights:"Every time we have a First...
July 01, 2011
 Perennial AIF favorite Thomas L. Friedman sat down with Walter Isaacson yesterday at the Aspen Ideas Festival to discuss how America has lost its way in the world. During the course of their engaging conversation, the topic of the "Arab Spring" came up. Friedman asserts here that Israel and Palestine need their own "Arab Spring." Watch his provacative comments in the video above...Then watch the full-length video...

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