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Howard Dean and Grover Norquist on the Successes and Failures of LBJ's Great Society

Speakers: Howard Dean and Grover Norquist
Presider: Michael P. Hirsh

Former governor of Vermont, Howard Dean, and Americans for Tax Reform's Grover Norquist, join Politico's Michael P. Hirsh, to discuss President Lyndon B. Johnson’s broad social agenda, the Great Society. Fifty years after the Great Society’s inception, the panelists reflect on the agenda’s economic and social legacy and envision its future.

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Protecting Retirement Security: The Future of Public Pensions

Speakers: Bradley D. Belt, Janet Cowell, and Scott Stringer
Presider: Glenn Hubbard

Orchard Global Asset Management's Bradley D. Belt, North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell, and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, join Columbia University's Glenn Hubbard, to discuss the challenges of fulfilling pension obligations in the United States and how these liabilities will affect economic growth and stability.

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"Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America’s House in Order"

Speaker: Richard N. Haass
Presider: E.J. Dionne Jr.

Richard N. Haass discusses his new book, Foreign Policy Begins at Home, in which he puts forward a new foreign policy doctrine of Restoration, where the United States limits its engagement in wars of choice and humanitarian interventions abroad, and focuses on restoring the foundations of its power at home.

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Addressing the U.S. Deficit Problem (Audio)

Speaker: Jacob J. Lew
Presider: Gillian Tett

Jacob J. Lew, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, analyzes the effect of the political gridlock in Washington on fiscal policies, and discusses the domestic deficit challenges faced by the White House.

This symposium is presented by the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and is made possible through the generous support of Stephen C. Freidheim.

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An Overview of the Global Debt Crisis (Audio)

Speaker: Alan Greenspan
Presider: Sebastian Mallaby

Alan Greenspan discusses the increase in U.S. debt levels, the roles of the Central Bank and the European Bailout Fund, and Germany's position in the European financial crisis.

This symposium is presented by the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and is made possible through the generous support of Stephen C. Freidheim.

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Achieving a Sustainable Federal Budget (Audio)

Speaker: Douglas W. Elmendorf
Presider: Chrystia Freeland

Douglas W. Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, discusses the effects of revenue increases and spending cuts on the projected budget deficit.

This meeting is part of the C. Peter McColough series on International Economics presented by the Corporate Program and the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies.

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Debt, Governance, and Growth: A Eurozone Perspective (Audio)

Speaker: Olli Rehn
Presider: Steven L. Rattner

Olli Rehn, commissioner for economic and monetary affairs for the European Union (EU), details the steps the EU is taking for comprehensive economic repair, and states that the EU is maintaining its momentum of growth.

This meeting was part of the C. Peter McColough series on International Economics.

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Hamas and the Shrinking PA Budget

Author: Esther Pan

The Palestinian Authority is in a budget crunch after Hamas, a group listed as a terrorist organization by both the European Union and the United States, won January's elections, yet refused to renounce violence or recognize Israel. This prompted a suspension of hundreds of millions of dollars in aid payments. Iran and Arab countries vow to make up the difference, but experts question the reliability of such pledges.

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