After more than a decade of war and several years of a deep financial crisis, many Americans are asking whether the country should focus more of its attention—and more of its resources—at home. That said, the impulse to lead is still strong in both political parties and most polls show that Americans still feel both a moral and strategic imperative to remain fully engaged in the world.
American policymakers have long been concerned about the eroding U.S. advantage in educating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students. With much of the assembly work for lucrative high-technology products having moved to Asia, future U.S. prosperity depends increasingly on innovating new products and techniques—innovation that requires training (or importing) a new generation of scientists and engineers.
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.
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.
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.
Speakers: Martin S. Feldstein and Alan S. Blinder Presider: Gideon Rose
Harvard University professor and economist Martin Feldstein, and Princeton University professor and economist Alan Blinder discuss the implications of the fiscal cliff and how an agreement can be reached.
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.
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.
As the Pentagon attempts to refocus the U.S. military strategy toward Asia, the department is facing major budget constraints. Experts disagree on how to balance the fiscal challenge with the country's national security priorities.
Lawmakers are considering sharp cuts to defense spending as part of mandated deficit-reduction efforts. This Backgrounder discusses the effects of such major cuts and implications for U.S. military strategy.
With U.S. unemployment and high debt threatening Americans at home and U.S. power abroad, this Backgrounder looks at congressional candidates' difficulty in articulating policies that balance job creation and debt reduction.
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The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
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