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  • Former National Security Advisers Discuss the Future of US Global Leadership
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    U.S. Global Leadership

    Former national security advisers talked about America’s global leadership role and the state of the so-called liberal world order. They discussed U.S. relations with its allies as well as…

  • Gene Editing
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    Gene Editing

    Biologist Jennifer Doudna spoke about the future of genetics and the power to control evolution. Ms. Doudna was calling for a worldwide moratorium on the use of the new gene-editing tool…

  • Journalists Discuss Technology and the Media
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    New Media and Technology

    Media industry leaders talked about emerging new media trends and technology. Panelists included representatives from the Washington Post, Slate, RYOT News, Google and VICE Media focused on…

  • Attorney General Loretta Lynch Addresses Probe into Hillary Clinton
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    Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Clinton Email Investigation

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke with Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post at the Aspen Ideas Festival. She explained her decision to meet with former President Bill Clinton in Phoenix in…

  • Washington Ideas Forum
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    Washington Ideas Forum, Current Events

    In a series of quick interviews various people offered personal insight on current events. Topics included the economy, the Iran nuclear deal, the 2016 presidential campaigns, global…

  • A Conversation with Secretary of the Smithsonian David Skorton
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    Issues Facing the Smithsonian Institution

    David Skorton participated in a discussion on the future of Smithsonian Institution museum and research group. The discussion included questions from the audience, including many patrons of…

  • Discussion on Military Service
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    National Service

    Panelists, including former Undersecretary of Defense Michele Flournoy, General Stanley McChrystal (Ret.), and Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA), talked about making national service more appealing to…

  • Senator Bob Corker on Middle East Policy
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    Senator Corker on Middle East Policy

    Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Bob Corker (R-TN) talked about U.S. policy toward the Middle East and answered questions from diplomats, foreign policy experts, and others in a discussion…

  • Status of Medicare and Medicaid
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    Status of Medicare and Medicaid

    Former Governors Michael Leavitt (R-UT) and Kathleen Sebelius (D-KS), who both served as secretary of the Department of 
Health and Human Services, talked about the implementation of Medicare and Medicaid,…

  • A Conversation with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter
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    Conversation with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter

    Former President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter were interviewed by Walter Isaacson at the Aspen Institute. They discussed topics relating to international and domestic…

  • Robert Putnam on emOur Kidsem
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    Our Kids

    Professor Robert Putnam talked about his book Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, in which suggests that there is a lack of opportunities for children growing up in the United States…

  • Discussion on Economic Growth
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    Workforce Skills and Training

    Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker spoke at the Aspen Institute’s “Communities that Work Partnership” event on economic growth. She outlined her department’s initiatives regarding…

  • Washington Ideas Forum
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    Washington Ideas Forum, Day 1 Afternoon Session

    Journalists interviewed lawmakers, Obama administration officials, and policy experts on a variety of topics. The sixth annual Washington Ideas Forum was held October 29-30, 2014, by The…

  • Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken on US Foreign Policy Goals
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    U.S. Foreign Policy Goals

    Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken talked about the Obama administration’s foreign policy priorities for 2015 and U.S. leadership in the world, saying that the administration was not retreating in its…

  • Discussion on USRussia Relations
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    U.S.-Russia Relations

    Experts on Eurasian politics, who have worked directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin, discussed the future of U.S.-Russia relations at an event hosted by The Aspen Institute.

  • Origins of the Universe Aliens and Space Exploration Preview
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    Brian Greene on the Origins of the Universe

    Brian Greene was interviewed by Walter Isaacson about the origins of the universe. Topics included the origin of the term “Big Bang Theory.” Professor Greene is the author of The Fabric of the Cosmos,…

  • Letter from Birmingham Jail Reflection
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    Letter from Birmingham Jail Reflection

    Panelists talked about the historical, cultural, theological, literary and political significance Martin Luther King Jr.'s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” as well as how far we have come as…

  • Public Safety and Privacy Technologies
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    Public Safety and Privacy Technologies

    Panelists talked about technologies for public safety in metropolitan areas, and the privacy issues raised. This was followed by a conversation with the New York City and Boston police commissioners about…

  • Washington Ideas Forum
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    Susan Rice at the Washington Ideas Forum

    National Security Advisor Susan Rice spoke at the Washington Ideas Forum about a range of national security issues, including negotiations with Iran over nuclear weapons, the reduction in aid to…

  • emThe New Digital Ageem
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    The New Digital Age

    Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen talked about their book, The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business, in which they present their vision of a future in…

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