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Presidents at War

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 10:00am
What constitutes a legitimate wartime target? Where can combat be waged? How do we keep Americans safe while respecting their civil liberties? And how do we target an enemy, or handle POWs, in an age of irregular combat?
 
Such questions and controversies may seem unprecedented in our post-9/11 age of drone warfare, electronic surveillance, and increasingly diffuse global threats. But they are also the same questions that have fueled bitter public debate about the office of the Commander-in-Chief throughout America’s existence, including in its most divisive hour: the Civil War.

New America NYC: The Meat Racket

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 6:30pm

The Loudest Voice in the Room

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 12:15pm

In October 1996, Americans began turning their televisions to a channel that would change the country's media and political landscape forever.

In the nearly two decades since its fateful launch, Fox News Channel has become a profound force in the news industry.  It has dominated its cable competitors, given rise to a new breed of press and punditry, won over alienated and disaffected conservatives, and shaped the partisan political conversation in our nation.

What Would Lincoln Do?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 12:30pm

Alternative event location is First Congregational Church of Christ (945 G Street NW) if the government shutdown continues through Tuesday.

Reinventing Mexico

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 12:15pm

In his first year in office, President Enrique Peña Nieto has unleashed a staggering series of reforms -- on education, labor relations, energy and competition policy -- aimed at modernizing a nation that his once sclerotic party, the notorious Party of the Institutional Revolution (PRI), held back for decades.  Meanwhile, the nation's war on the drug cartels and the economic transformation encouraged by NAFTA continue unabated.

Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 12:15pm

Since the dawn of the nuclear age, a dilemma has been left unresolved. How can we possess and deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? 

The Smartest Kids in the World

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 5:30pm

Conversation & Cocktails…

The Geography of Smart

You’re invited to a conversation with Amanda Ripley and special guests to celebrate the release of The Smartest Kids in the World—and How They Got That Way.

Modern Family: Coupling and Uncoupling in America

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 12:00pm

As a society, America is in a moment of great transition regarding how we think about marriage and family life. Gay marriage is becoming mainstream at a speed that surprises even its most optimistic advocates, with a Supreme Court decision expected this month that is certain to bring further changes. Divorce rates are falling and marriages among college-educated, upper middle class people are more stable than they have been in decades, even as marriage rates overall are in decline, particularly among the working class and poor.

Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 12:15pm

People spent the twentieth century obsessed with the future and in pursuit of networks that could provide instantaneous connections, knowledge, and entertainment. In his influential 1970 book, Future Shock, Alvin Toffler theorized that things were changing so fast we would soon lose the ability to cope.

Now, with the advent of Twitter, email, and smartphones, we have a completely new relationship to time. We live in an eternal present, in which the priorities of the current moment seem to mean everything. 

Immigration Reform: Bipartisanship's Improbable Poster Child

Monday, June 10, 2013 - 12:15pm

Washington is broken, you may have heard, a victim of scorched-earth partisanship. Congress can't get anything done because its members have abandoned the art of the compromise, opting instead for a zero-sum politics that incentivizes gridlock.

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