The First Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review: Strengthening America's Role in the 21st Century
December 16, 2010 // 11:00am — 12:15pm
The Department of State has made diplomacy and development key pillars of U.S. foreign policy. Panelists discussed the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) and its implications for the FY 2011 budget and congressional foreign policy decision-making in the 112th Congress.
November 12, 2010 // 9:00am — 10:00am
The mounting threat of terrorism poses legal challenges to democratic societies. How can they effectively interrogate and detain suspected terrorists, while still protecting basic human rights? Experts from Israel and the United States discussed the challenges of providing an adequate legal framework for contending with the new threat posed by international terrorism in the 21st century and options for future progress.
October 26, 2010 // 12:00pm — 1:15pm
President Harry Truman used to yearn for a ‘one handed economist’ who would give him clear advice. In the Squam Lake Report fifteen top economists came together to give their collective assessment of what caused the financial crisis and what steps we should take to avoid another.
October 04, 2010 // 12:00pm — 1:15pm
Is political patronage the dark underbelly of American politics, whose practitioners are fortunate to keep one step ahead of the sheriff? Or is it an essential ingredient of effective governance, rewarding and cementing loyalty while greasing the gears of government? The authors of a newly-released book discussed how political patronage is alive and well in the 21st century, though changed. It now includes the privatization of services, earmarks, and the expansion of hybrid agencies, with highly paid salaries for top executives.
September 21, 2010 // 9:00am — 10:15am
On September 21, 2010, the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States and Wilson Center on the Hill co-hosted an event on Capitol Hill examining the increasingly important and changing relationship between the United States and China and the ramifications for neighboring countries.
September 14, 2010 // 12:00pm — 1:15pm
Governments use a number of measures to support the production and use of biofuels; in the United States biofuels subsidies totaled nearly $6 billion in 2009. Corn use for ethanol in the United States has expanded corn demand by nearly 30%, driving corn prices, along with prices of other commodities, higher. Panelists discussed whether such support should be considered as agricultural subsidies and about whether and how such support is being notified to the WTO.
July 30, 2010 // 12:00pm — 1:15pm
Two leading experts detail the challenges and opportunities for women in developing countries, as well as how the United States can create a new, more effective development policy that recognizes the key role of women.
July 20, 2010 // 12:00pm — 1:15pm
The rapid urbanization of the developing world has brought the growth of slums and increases in urban poverty. Two leading experts examined how non-health- specific programs in urban areas such as housing, water and sanitation, infrastructure improvements and micro finance can improve the health conditions in slums.
June 22, 2010 // 12:00pm — 1:15pm
Although research shows it is an excellent investment, federal support for early childhood development (ECD) in the U.S. and in developing countries is inadequate and inconsistent. Lacking comprehensive ECD services, millions of children do poorly in school and grow up to have low incomes and high fertility rates, putting strains on social services and perpetuating the cycle of poverty.
June 15, 2010 // 12:00pm — 1:15pm
Developing Africa’s transportation, irrigation, communication, electric, and financial services infrastructure is key to unlocking Africa’s potential. Experts provided the most recent comprehensive assessment of Africa’s current and future infrastructure needs and the innovative strategy for developing regional corridors to facilitate trade and economic growth across Africa.