AIF Blog - World

September 05, 2017
Former US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz speaks with Susan Tierney at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.What are the consequences of the United States backing out of the Paris Climate Agreement? In June, the Trump administration announced the move. In this episode, former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says exiting the Agreement is bad for science-based decision making, national and energy security, and innovation....
August 25, 2017
David Rothkopf, Julia Ioffe, Peter Feaver, and David Petraeus speak onstage at the Aspen Ideas Festival.The Trump Administration has said it’s “committed to a foreign policy focused on American interests and American national security.” Critics have said Trump is isolating the US by withdrawing from the Paris agreement, waffling on a commitment to NATO, and abandoning the TPP. But, this month the...
August 16, 2017
 Haris Tarin, Wajahat Ali, Steve Clemons, and Parisa Zagat speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June 2017. Hate groups in America are proliferating, and they're using social media to spread their messages and ideologies. On Saturday, hundreds of white nationalists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia to march in protest of the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. How has technology fueled the white supremacist...
August 15, 2017
New York Times op-ed contributor Wajahat Ali speaks on a panel about hate at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Hate groups are growing and the number of hate-fueled incidents is spiking in America. The latest incident was in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists violently clashed with anti-fascist groups and other protesters. In the first month after Donald Trump won the presidency, the Southern Poverty Law...
August 11, 2017
Jackie Judd, Yasmin Hurd, Nora Volkow, Vivek Murthy, and Perri Peltz speak onstage at Spotlight Health, the opening segment of the Aspen Ideas Festival.It’s been called the most perilous drug crisis ever and it was generated in the healthcare system. The epicenter of the opioid crisis is the United States, where overdose deaths have quadrupled since 1999. President Trump has pledged to step up law enforcement...
August 08, 2017
Pete Williams, justice correspondent for NBC News, speaks with John Kelly at the Aspen Security Forum in July. At the time, Kelly was Homeland Security Secretary. Now he's serving as White House Chief of Staff.In this episode, you’ll hear from the nation’s new White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly. Kelly spoke in July at the Aspen Security Forum. At the time, his job was Homeland Security Secretary...
August 04, 2017
Fareed Zakaria, a journalist for CNN, speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival.The confluence of globalization and the information revolution has primed the United States, and the world, for a resurgence of populism. Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” explains how the populist ideology helped President Trump win the White House. Trump’s message of cultural anxiety connected with...
July 28, 2017
John Brennan, James Clapper, and Wolf Blitzer speak at the Aspen Security Forum in July 2017.What are the most pressing external and internal threats to the United States? Two former US Intelligence officials discuss Syria, Russia, ISIS, and President Trump’s embattled relationship with the Intelligence community. John Brennan, former CIA Director, and James Clapper, former US Director of Intelligence, sit...
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...

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