AIF BLOG - September 2018

September 26, 2018
Larry Summers, former US treasury secretary, speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival.The economic recovery that America is experiencing is unusually long. We're in the ninth year of improved business activity following the Great Recession. The recovery's length is "very, very unusual in historical terms," says Gillian Tett, US managing editor of the Financial Times. On June 29th at the Aspen Ideas...
September 18, 2018
Writer Jose Antonio Vargas speaks with David Brooks, an executive director at the Aspen Institute, at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. Vargas has lived as an undocumented immigrant in America for more than two decades.When Jose Antonio Vargas took a job as a journalist at the Washington Post after college, he was nervous. He was just starting his career—but that wasn't the cause of his concern. He was...
September 13, 2018
 Dr. Leana Wen talked about curing violence at Spotlight Health in 2015. This week, Wen became president of Planned Parenthood. Leana Wen, the newly-announced president of Planned Parenthood, was Baltimore City Health Commissioner in 2015. That was the year riots broke out following the death of Freddie Gray. Gray, 25, grew up in an impoverished Baltimore neighborhood was arrested after he ran from police...
September 11, 2018
Adam Hamilton pastors the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. At Aspen Ideas 2017, he talked about the role faith plays in bringing people together.Adam Hamilton pastors the largest United Methodist Church in the United States. Within his congregation of 20,000 in Kansas, he works to mitigate deep divisions. Some of those divides, he says, are happening everywhere and are tearing at the...
September 04, 2018
After more than 15 years of conflict in Iraq, and even longer in Afghanistan, what are the paths to peace? This talk features individuals who were deeply involved in both conflicts. David Petraeus, former CIA director, led the 101st Airborne Division in the invasion of Iraq. Douglas Lute was US ambassador to NATO and Ryan Crocker served as ambassador in six countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Dan Senor was...