AIF Blog - World

October 15, 2018
Rebecca Blumenstein is the highest-ranked female employee at The New York Times. In our podcast, she explains the biggest challenges facing the media today.Will 2018 be another 'year of the woman?' The phrase first emerged in 1992 when women increased their representation in Congress following the Anita Hill - Clarence Thomas hearings. This year, more women are running for office, speaking up about sexual...
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 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...
August 24, 2018
Jeff Goodell speaks with Christiana Figueres about optimism around climate change: a seemingly impossible challenge. They spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.Costa Rican diplomat Christiana Figueres led the global adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015, and continues to fight for the climate today in her work with Mission 2020. Working to reduce greenhouse gases globally can be frustrating, she admits, but...
August 21, 2018
Steve Clemons speaks with David Miliband at the Aspen Ideas Festival on June 26th. David Miliband leads the International Rescue Committee and believes there are solutions to today's devastating refugee crisis. More than 65 million people around the globe are either refugees, asylum seekers, or displaced within their own countries. It’s the largest number of people forced to flee their homes since...
August 19, 2018
Aspen Institute President Dan Porterfield speaks with Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state, about her new book, "Fascism: A Warning."How do we save ourselves from repeating errors of our past? Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright poses this question in her new book, Fascism: A Warning. She thinks fascism now presents a greater threat to peace than at any time since the end of WWII. In this...
August 03, 2018
Bill Browder speaks with Suzanne Malveaux on July 27, shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin singled out Browder at a press conference with President Trump in Helsinki. Russian President Vladimir Putin in July, singled out American-born businessman Bill Browder at a joint press conference in Helsinki, Finland. Putin, standing alongside President Trump, named Browder and his business dealings. Browder...
July 26, 2018
NBC's Peter Alexander interviews Kirstjen Nielsen at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado in mid-July.Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has defended the Trump administration’s controversial "zero tolerance" immigration policy that has led to families being separated at America’s southwest border. In this discussion, she addresses illegal immigration, saying it reflects a...
July 25, 2018
 Intelligence Director Dan Coats speaks with journalist Andrea Mitchell July 19th at the Aspen Security Forum. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats goes over President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in this discussion held July 19th. These are his first public comments after standing by the intelligence community’s findings on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump has...
July 19, 2018
Lester Holt, NBC Nightly News anchor, interviews FBI Director Christopher Wray on June 18 at the Aspen Security Forum.FBI Director Christopher Wray is firm in his position that Russia was involved in the 2016 presidential campaign. “The intelligence community’s assessment has not changed,” he says, “and my view has not changed, which is that Russia attempted to interfere with the last election.” Wray spoke July 18...

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