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From poverty to prosperity: A conversation with Bill Gates
Mar 13, 2014 March 13, 2014, 12:45 p.m. ET – 1:45 p.m. ET. This event is livestream only. Full video will be posted within 24 hours.
Defense budget priorities for 2015 and beyond: A conversation with Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine Fox
Feb 26, 2014 After operating for several years in an uncertain and austere budgetary environment, the Pentagon is facing increasing pressure as it looks to reconcile its strategic goals for the post–Iraq and Afghanistan war era with current fiscal realities. As last year's Strategic Choices and Management Review made clear, the Pentagon must be prepared to make difficult choices regarding force structure, readiness, and modernization to achieve a balanced, capable force for the future. Ahead of the president's fiscal year 2015 budget submission, the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies will host Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine Fox for a timely discussion of US defense budgetary priorities in 2015 and beyond.
Behind the scenes at the State of the Union address: Speechwriters’ secrets revealed
Jan 28, 2014
The map and the territory: Risk, human nature, and the future of forecasting — A book event featuring Alan Greenspan
Jan 10, 2014 For many years, economists have made authoritative and mathematically complex predictions about where the US economy is headed. Yet as Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve and head of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Gerald Ford, observes in his new book, “The Map and the Territory,” which he will discuss on Jan. 14, 2014, at 5:30 pm ET, no one predicted the timing of the 2008 financial crisis, or its severity.
Do sports stadiums need government welfare?
Dec 12, 2013 If a National Football League or Major League Baseball team wants a new stadium, that team gets a new stadium — and usually at the expense of US taxpayers. Major league sports are among the most subsidized industries in America. Tax credits, handouts, and even eminent domain are part of the standard package that state, county, and local governments offer to professional sports teams seeking new stadiums. Such corporate welfare typically commands bipartisan majorities in state legislatures and city halls, thanks to promises of new jobs and economic growth. But the data suggest that these lofty plans do not pay off. Join AEI for a discussion of professional sports subsidies and — fittingly — for a free lunch.
General Mark Welsh III on American military strategy in a time of declining resources
Dec 11, 2013 With sequestration likely to remain law throughout this year and beyond, the US Air Force finds itself in a "ready today" versus a "modern tomorrow" dilemma. How will the Air Force balance capability, capacity, and readiness in the coming years? What is the future of key modernization initiatives such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the KC-46 aerial refueling tanker, and the long-range strike bomber? Moreover, what lessons has the Air Force learned from past debates that will influence upcoming budget proposals? In the concluding session of its series with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, AEI's Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies will host General Mark Welsh III, Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, to address these questions and more.
Restoring principle: A foreign policy worthy of the American dream
Nov 20, 2013 From the infancy of the republic, America’s engagement abroad has promoted the universal values embodied in the American dream: liberty, representative government, and economic opportunity. Join us to hear Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Select Committee on Intelligence, articulate a vision for America’s role in the world that reflects our nation’s deepest aspirations.
Unintimidated: A conversation with Governor Scott Walker
Nov 21, 2013 - 12:57 PM EST In 2011, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s chances of staying in office looked bleak. Protesters swarmed Madison, attempting to block the passage of his collective-bargaining reform legislation. His approval numbers fell, and he faced an unprecedented recall election. But in June 2012, Walker became the first governor in American history to survive a recall, winning with a higher share of the vote than he had in 2010. At a time of confusion and infighting among Republicans, Walker argues that conservatives need not move to the center to win, but must offer bold, positive solutions to the nation’s challenges — and have the courage to implement them. Join AEI’s Marc Thiessen as he sits down with Governor Walker to discuss their new book, “Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge” (Sentinel, November 2013). Following the discussion, political experts will explore the lessons to be drawn from Walker’s success in Wisconsin.
The American family: How a ‘new normal’ is reshaping religion, work, and today’s economy Oct 10, 2013
Breakthrough leadership in the digital age: Using learning science to reboot schooling
Oct 31, 2013 Today’s amplified focus on digital tools and solutions can make it seem as if a quick trip to the Apple store will answer the many problems educators face in the classroom. But today’s teachers and principals realize that the solution goes beyond the new devices themselves.At this book launch event, “Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age” (Corwin, October 2014), Rick Hess and Bror Saxberg will discuss how technology can help redesign schooling to better serve kids, and the challenges of doing so in a static system with traditional (and often antiquated) routines.If you are unable to attend, we welcome you to watch the event live on this page and participate on Twitter using #DigLeadership. Full video will be posted within 24 hours.
Tax reform, the family, and the pursuit of happiness: A new plan by Senator Mike Lee
Sep 18, 2013 - 11:08 AM EST Join us Sept. 17, 1–2:30 pm for an AEI event featuring Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), who will present a new tax reform plan that seeks to restore middle-class opportunity and promote the upward mobility of working families. In addition to lowering rates and eliminating distortive loopholes, Senator Lee’s plan provides parents with relief from the unfair tax treatment they receive for their investment in their children. Senator Lee’s remarks will be followed by a question-and-answer period and a panel discussion in which experts with varying views will review the plan’s policy implications.
Taking school reformers to task: Louisiana education chief John White on fixing K–12 reform
Oct 2, 2013 American K–12 schooling is awash in a sea of good intentions and ambitious reforms. But will these reforms deliver on their promise and endure for generations to come, or will they become short-lived fads that at best underdeliver and at worst perpetuate the very problems they intended to solve? Louisiana’s education chief John White argues that today's reformers must be cautious not to create a status quo of their own and offers some thoughts from the field about instituting lasting change.
Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert on American military strategy in a time of declining resources
Sep 5, 2013 AEI's Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies will host Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations, in the third installment in a series of four events with each member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Measuring economic liberty
Sep 27, 2013 Economic liberty can be difficult to define and even more challenging to measure. Each year, however, several groups release their rankings of economic liberty in different countries. How do they decide which factors to consider, and how accurate a picture do these rankings paint of the state of economic liberty in the world today? Join AEI and the authors of economic liberty indices from the Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, World Bank, and Fraser Institute on Sept. 27 from 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET for lunch and a discussion on quantifying economic freedom.
Should single-sex schooling be eliminated?
Aug 29, 2013 - 11:47 AM EST The educational gap between America’s boys and girls continues to widen: in 2011, eighth-grade girls outperformed eighth-grade boys by 9 points in reading and by 20 points in writing (where 10 points equals one year of schooling). What can we do to boost boys’ educational performance in America? In this American Enterprise Debate, AEI resident scholar Christina Hoff Sommers will argue that single-sex schooling allows instructors to experiment with teaching methods and to successfully tailor curricula to their students’ needs. Lise Eliot of the Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science will respond that single-sex education is neither beneficial nor necessary, stressing that it fails to prepare both boys and girls for their futures. Author and CNN "Crossfire" host S.E. Cupp will moderate.
General Raymond T. Odierno on American military strategy in a time of declining resources
Jul 30, 2013
Culture of Competition: Is big business a big problem for free enterprise? Jul 11, 2013
Washington's ongoing assault on free speech: An address by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
Jun 21, 2013
Taming Leviathan: Do tax and expenditure limits work? Jun 12, 2013
Free beer: Liberating libations from ‘bootleggers and Baptists’
May 21, 2013
Feeding the world’s poor through efficient markets: The future of US food aid policy
Apr 30, 2013 Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. AEI, Twelfth Floor 1150 Seventeenth Street, NW Washington, DC 20036
Ask your questions for The Great Recession at 5: Understanding the economics of crisis and recovery Apr 24, 2013
Cheer Up, for the Worst is Yet to Come Apr 24, 2013 AEI Intern Reception with Jonah Goldberg
Cage-busting leadership in K-12 education Jul 18, 2013 Many of today’s education reform debates revolve around what leaders cannot do. But there is a way out of 'no.'

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Monday, October 27, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
State income taxes and the Supreme Court: Maryland Comptroller v. Wynne

Please join AEI for a panel discussion exploring these and other questions about this crucial case.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
For richer, for poorer: How family structures economic success in America

Join Lerman, Wilcox, and a group of distinguished scholars and commentators for the release of Lerman and Wilcox’s report, which examines the relationships among and policy implications of marriage, family structure, and economic success in America.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The 7 deadly virtues: 18 conservative writers on why the virtuous life is funny as hell

Please join AEI for a book forum moderated by Last and featuring five of these leading conservative voices. By the time the forum is over, attendees may be on their way to discovering an entirely different — and better — moral universe.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
A nuclear deal with Iran? Weighing the possibilities

Join us, as experts discuss their predictions for whether the United States will strike a nuclear deal with Iran ahead of the November 24 deadline, and the repercussions of the possible outcomes.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
The forgotten depression — 1921: The crash that cured itself

Please join Author James Grant and AEI senior economists for a discussion about Grant's book, "The Forgotten Depression: 1921: The Crash That Cured Itself" (Simon & Schuster, 2014).

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