AIF Blog - World

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...
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 03, 2017
 Lina Sergie Attar spoke about her childhood in the United States and Syria during a 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival session called Art and Immigration — Culture and Dividing Lines. When Lina Sergie Attar was 12 years old, her family moved to Syria from upstate New York. “I left my sheltered, happy American life to find a new home among family where our roots go back centuries,” she says. Her rich family history didn’t...
January 11, 2017
David Rothkopf, CEO and editor of the FP Group, speaks with Editor-in-Chief of The Atlantic Jeffrey Goldberg at the Aspen Ideas Festival. As President Barack Obama prepares to step down, we look back on his accomplishments and shortcomings. The talks below examine how Obama tackled race as the nation’s first African American president, his work to deal with the recession, create the Affordable Care Act,...
January 10, 2017
In these final days of Barack Obama’s presidency, we consider how the future will view his leadership. Will economic recovery and health care victories at home be overshadowed by what many see as his failure to intervene meaningfully in conflicts abroad? Critics on the left wish the president had gone further on several key issues, while critics on the right have little good to say about Obama’s...
December 28, 2016
Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post interviews US Attorney General Loretta Lynch at Aspen Ideas 2016.At the 12th annual Aspen Ideas Festival, hundreds of the world’s most exciting medical experts, politicians, business leaders, journalists, academics, and artists flooded the Institute’s Aspen campus to discuss the ideas that are changing the planet. Read below for highlights.Vice President Joe Biden and the...
December 23, 2016
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy at Spotlight Health 2016.Word has gotten out that Spotlight Health is the health conference to attend. Last summer in Aspen, Colorado, participants, speakers, and experts spent three days discussing the biggest ideas in the most innovative fields. Read, watch, and listen below for some of the highlights.Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on curbing the opioid epidemicOver the past 10 years,...

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