AIF Blog - World

June 18, 2018
Dr. Agnes Binagwaho is the vice chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity. She will speak in the Our Planet, Our Health track at Spotlight Health. Below she offers her recommendations for US entities who provide aid to sub-Saharan Africa. Africa was a continent once deemed “hopeless” by the US media. Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular, was condemned to an endless cycle of poverty, starvation, and tragedies...
June 14, 2018
 Anote Tong, former president of the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati, prepares to speak in Paris on the future of his nation and rising sea levels. He appears in filmmaker Matthieu Rytz's new film Anote's Ark, which will be shown at the Aspen Ideas Festival.The films screened at Aspen Ideas and Spotlight Health are open to the public. Public tickets for films go on sale 9am (MST) June 15. SPOTLIGHT HEALTH...
June 14, 2018
Dambisa Moyo is a global economist and author who analyzes the macroeconomy and international affairs. She will speak as part of the Globalization Revisited track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Below she discusses challenges to liberal democracies in the era of Trump and Brexit. Across the world, democracy is under siege.Political discourse tends to focus on the shortcomings of blatantly non-democratic countries such...
June 05, 2018
 The 2018 Aspen Youth Forum will take place on Wednesday, June 27 from 4 - 8:30 pm at the Doerr-Hosier Center on the Aspen Meadows campus. It's open to young people ages 14 to 24. Register today! A Day to RememberLast June, the excitement was palpable at the Young Adult Forum (YAF) at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Young people leapt out of their seats and rushed onto a stage, joining environmental activist and hip-hop...
June 04, 2018
 Dan Buettner is the founder of Blue Zones LLC. He will speak as part of the Healthy Communities track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Below he discusses the five places in the world — dubbed Blue Zones — where people live the longest, healthiest lives.  What are Blue Zones, and what should we know about these regions?Blue Zones areas are regions of the world where people live much longer than average. The first one is...
May 31, 2018
 Ash Bhat is a tech entrepreneur working on projects around social impact. In 2017, he co-launched RoBhat Labs, which focuses on tackling the spread of fake news and misinformation. He will speak in the Aspen Ideas Festival program track, Staying Human in a High-Tech World. You and your partner Rohan Phadte created a solution to catching bots on Twitter. Tell me about your efforts, and the motivation behind going...
May 23, 2018
John Brennan, Lisa Monaco, and James Clapper speak with NBC's Nicolle Wallace about Iran, Russia, and North Korea at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC.News from around the globe is dominating US headlines. President Trump plans to meet with North Korea's Kim Jong-un in June, Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is continuing his probe into Russian meddling. Former...
May 17, 2018
 Kitty Boone is the director of the Aspen Ideas Festival, which starts with Spotlight Health on June 21. What We’ve Been Up ToIt's our 14th year of programming the Festival, and we're excited to bring remarkable experts and deep thinkers to our stage once again. The speakers and conversations change every year, but our goal stays the same — to continue to highlight what's important now and what will have far-...
May 11, 2018
 A local woman in a slum of Kampala (iStock). Agnes Igoye is Uganda’s deputy national coordinator for the prevention of trafficking in persons and heads Uganda’s Immigration Training Academy. She will speak as part of the Healthy Communities track at Spotlight Health. She's a member of the 2018 Aspen New Voices Fellowship class.  What led you to work on eradicating human trafficking?Do you have time?! There are...
May 04, 2018
 Kati Marton is a best-selling author, journalist, and human rights advocate. She will speak as part of the Seismic Shifts track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Below, she talks about her latest project: a biography on Angela Merkel. You’re working on a biography about Angela Merkel. Why did you decide to write about the German Chancellor?Chancellor Merkel is by any measure the most powerful woman leader in the world...

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