AIF Blog - U.S.A.

April 18, 2017
David Ignatius, Michael Hayden, and John McLaughlin speak in Washington DC about the intelligence community's relationship with President Trump.Less than a month into his presidency, Donald Trump made combative and accusatory remarks on Twitter about the intelligence community for a report on Russian connections. Are his messages undermining the legitimacy of the intelligence community? If so, will the agencies...
April 11, 2017
Meryl Chertoff, Mark Wolf, and Deborah Connor discuss government corruption.Kleptocracy presents a growing threat to US national security and international peace, as money laundering and other forms of public “grand corruption” increasingly undermine democracy, cripple development, weaken Western soft power, and accelerate state collapse. Can an International Anti-Corruption Court, modeled on the...
April 04, 2017
Margot Lee Shetterly, author of "Hidden Figures," signs a book for Michele Norris, director of the Aspen Institute program The Bridge. Shetterly spoke with Norris in February at the University of Minnesota.Margot Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures, says “It’s one thing to tell your own story, it’s another thing to take responsibility to tell someone else’s life.” Her book...
March 21, 2017
Alec Ross, author of "The Industries of the Future," speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival.If the 20 years from 1995 to 2015 were shaped in significant measure by digitization and the rise of the internet, what’s next? What will define the next decade? Drawing from his highly-praised New York Times best-seller The Industries of the Future, Alec Ross provides a view into the forces that will carve...
March 07, 2017
Mitch Landrieu, Randi Weingarten, and David Gergen speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June 2016.Everything—from the country’s place in the world to the social contract between citizens, government, and the private sector—seems to be knotted in hard, uncompromising debates. In this episode, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele, American...
February 28, 2017
Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass speaks with Walter Isaacson at the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series at the Aspen Institute. (credit Ian Wagreich Photography)Chaos in the Middle East, instability in Europe, and a reckless North Korea are signals that the world is increasingly defined by disorder. Author and Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass says the world needs an updated...
February 21, 2017
Helen Fisher, chief scientific advisor for Match.com, speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Thanks to technology, we are more connected than ever—digitally. But at what cost? How have technologies, like online dating sites and apps like Tinder, changed attitudes and behaviors? How do we choose a partner and stay interested when we have an almost infinite world of choices at our fingertips? Will marriage become a...
February 16, 2017
 David Rubenstein, National Constitution Center Trustee and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, gives a history lesson on the drafting of the Bill of Rights at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Congress ratified the Bill of Rights 225 years ago, on December 15, 1791. The document was a last-minute recommendation at the Constitutional Convention four years earlier. David Rubenstein, trustee at the National Constitution Center, says...
February 14, 2017
Joi Ito, author of "Whiplash" and director of the MIT Media Lab, sits down with Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson.The world is more complex and volatile today than at any other time in modern history. In order to successfully navigate a rapidly changing world, author and MIT Media Lab Director, Joichi “Joi” Ito says you must be alert and nimble. In his book Whiplash: How to Survive Our...
February 07, 2017
Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust speaks with Bryan Stevenson, director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of "Just Mercy", at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June 2016.As the US continues to grapple with issues of race, history is proving to be an invaluable tool to underscore and discuss uncomfortable truths still governing the dynamics of race. How can history help us face and overcome troubling...

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