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The Trade Deficit: Is It a Problem or Not?

Speakers: Robert D. Atkinson, Daniel J. Ikenson, Robert A. Blecker, Derek Scissors, and Edward Alden

Is the U.S. trade deficit a problem for the United States? If so, does it reflect competitiveness problems that are in part due to trade policies, or is it caused by factors that have nothing to do with trade policies? What are the proper policy responses?

See more in United States; Budget, Debt, and Deficits

Saudi Arabia: A Look Ahead

Speakers: Helima Croft, F. Gregory Gause III, and Sarah Leah Whitson
Presider: Ethan Bronner

Experts discuss Saudi Arabia’s leadership transition and what it means for policymaking, oil prices, and human rights.

See more in Saudi Arabia; Human Rights; Oil

James Clapper on Global Intelligence Challenges

Speaker: James R. Clapper Jr.
Presider: Frances Fragos Townsend

Director of National Intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., joins Frances Fragos Townsend, executive vice president at MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., to discuss the state of the intelligence community, and current challenges and successes experienced across the enterprise.

See more in United States; Homeland Security; Intelligence