AIF Blog

August 31, 2011
As the 10-year anniversary of September 11 approaches, we focus here on our coverage of the topic at Aspen Ideas.Diplomats, experts, and politicians gathered in Aspen to discuss topics like: Could another 9/11 happen? What have we learned after 60 years of nation building? What have we gained and lost in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq? What will happen this September when the UN votes on Palestine's declaration of...
August 26, 2011
(Wes Moore with fellow veteran and author Rye Barcott)This week, TIME magazine features "The New Greatest Generation" on their cover. Written by Joe Klein (also a presenter at AIF 2011), the story recognizes men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan for their service and the way they are redefining leadership at home.Paul Rieckhoff, the founder and executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of...
August 22, 2011
Last week, the US and its allies called for Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad to step down.Today, the embattled leader dismissed the calls as meaningless.Watch what this distinguished panel — including Nigel Sheinwald (pictured above), Jane Harman, John Negroponte, and moderated by Fred Hiatt — had to say on the subject earlier this summer at Aspen Ideas. How does the US enforce its freedom agenda when military...
July 28, 2011
In preparation for our Happiness track at this year's Festival, we asked incoming Aspen Ideas speakers the following question: What makes you most happy? We received an outpouring of great answers, and we plan to share them here periodically. Happiness for me is playing with my children, traveling and exploring new places, cooking, riding my bike or hiking a mountain or swimming in the sea. Having the time to enjoy...
July 22, 2011
 The House Foreign Affairs Committee weighed a bill this week to strip Pakistan of all US foreign aid unless the country can prove it is helping to quell terrorism.Just days before the most recent terrorist attack, on July 13, in Mumbai, Shashi Tharoor, a member of Indian Parliament and former United Nations under-secretary general, was at Aspen Ideas where he spoke on the issue of terrorism in the session “From...
July 18, 2011
TIME magazine and the Aspen Ideas Festival joined forces to present a poll by Penn Schoen Berland on American opinions ten years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. See the slide below. Watch the session here. Time/Aspen Ideas Festival Poll: America Ten Years After 9/11  
July 12, 2011
As debt and deficit reduction talks continue to stall in Washington, we take a close look at what experts and leaders, including Alan Greenspan, Henry Paulson, Robert Rubin, Sheila Bair, and Alan Simpson had to say about these perilous economic issues while at the at the Aspen Ideas Festival, which took place from June 27 to July 3.A common criticism throughout the discussions is that our country’s current leaders...
July 07, 2011
By Meryl ChertoffDirector, Justice and Society Program, the Aspen InstituteDuring a program at the Aspen Institute's Ideas Festival, Justice Stephen Breyer and retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor both rejected the hoary notion that the "Supreme Court follows the election returns."  In a panel discussion with Dean Larry Kramer of Stanford Law School, moderated by Jeff Rosen of the New Republic, the two former High...
July 02, 2011
President Bill Clinton made a special appearance at the Aspen Ideas Festival Saturday afternoon. Interviewed by The Atlantic’s Ronald Brownstein, Clinton spoke to crowd of nearly a thousand guests including Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and many of AIF’s 2011 speakers.Clinton answered questions on a wide range of issues including clean energy,...
July 02, 2011
Blue skies of over Anderson Park.  “Our unsustainable fiscal trajectory undermines business confidence. The deficit becomes a symbol of our inability to manage economic affairs.” —Robert Rubin“In Cuban music, every instrument answers to the other. Everything is linked together and the importance is the dynamics of the instruments.” —Orlando “Maraca” Valle“Young people…don’t see politics as a way to impact the public...

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