AIF Blog - World

July 11, 2017
Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS," speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Known as the “land of lousy options,” North Korea has posed problems for the US for decades. But now, the country is testing its missiles regularly and the situation is increasingly dire. What are the best solutions for dealing with this escalating crisis? In this episode, speakers at the Aspen Ideas...
July 07, 2017
Abdullah Antepli is chief representative of Muslim affairs at Duke University and teaches courses on Islam and Muslim cultures at Duke Divinity School. He agreed to answer some of our questions before speaking at The America I Know track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. What can faith communities do to promote understanding in these divisive times?They can and must do a lot, as often they are part of the problem. One of...
June 16, 2017
Aspen New Voices Fellows pose at the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2016.The challenges of international development can seem insurmountable. The world’s toughest problems in global health, food security, and poverty reduction defy easy solutions. The Aspen New Voices Fellowship, part of Aspen Global Health and Development, is working to address these problems. This year, the program's Fellows will lend their voices to the...
June 15, 2017
 Mark Tercek is president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature. Mark will speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival as part of the program track Feeling the Heat: The Big Ideas on Climate.The Nature Conservancy has historically focused on protecting biodiversity and saving pristine places. Why are you now tackling climate change?The Nature...
June 07, 2017
Former Vice President Al Gore stars in the riveting and rousing follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth, Truth to Power. It's part of our flim lineup for the Aspen Ideas Festival.Public tickets for flims go on sale June 16.  SPOTLIGHT HEALTH LINEUP James Beard: America's First Foodie (June 23) Today's American food movement can be traced back to one man: cookbook author, journalist, television celebrity, and teacher...
May 26, 2017
The Aspen Ideas Festival team is proud to showcase the diverse writing of our speakers. Their books will be highlighted in talks at the Festival and available at the campus bookstore. Learn why one researcher thinks empathy can lead to inequality and immorality in society. Another author explains how viewing the animal kingdom through a microbial lens can make the familiar seem unfamiliar. Why do the people behind...
May 19, 2017
 A group of scholars gathers on the Aspen Institute campus in Aspen, Colorado during Spotlight Health 2016. The Aspen Institute, through the generosity of our patrons and sponsoring organizations, will bring a diverse group of 300 leaders from across the US and 30 countries to the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival. They're scholars nominated by senior members of the Institute's staff, Festival advisors, past scholars, and...
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...

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