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The Cold War's Friendliest Quarrel

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 12:15pm

On September 15, Nicholas Thompson discussed his new book The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War. Covering the remarkable rivalry and friendship bonding two of the nation's foremost foreign policy thinkers, Paul Nitze and George Kennan, the event was moderated by Andrés Martinez,Director of Bernard L. Schwartz Fellows Program.

Book Event: The Snakehead

Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 1:15pm

Patrick Radden Keefe, a Fellow at The Century Foundation, discussed his new book, The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream. The book tells how "Sister Ping," the entrepreneurial human smuggler based in New York's Chinatown, built a global criminal network.

In the Graveyard of Empires

Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 1:15pm
On July 23 Seth Jones, a political scientist at the RAND Corporation, joined the New America Foundation and Peter Bergen, senior fellow and co-director of the New America Foundation's Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative, to discuss Afghanistan and Jones' recently published book, In The Graveyard of Empires.  

Mr. Jones began by emphasizing the widespread concern among Afghans about America's "staying power."  Above all else, the Afghans question how long the U.S. is willing to continue its work in Afghanistan and at what point the U.S. will simply withdraw.

Can Washington Power Up American Inventiveness?

Monday, July 20, 2009 - 1:15pm

A New America Foundation/Washington Monthly event

CA EVENT: What Does Armageddon Look Like?

Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8:30pm
Late last year, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger called California’s looming budget crisis a fiscal armageddon waiting to strike. Now, as the state faces a $24 billion budget shortfall and major cuts are inevitable, doomsday seems to have come to California, and particularly to its poorest. The one-million-plus Californians on CalWorks, the state’s main welfare program, could lose monthly income beginning in July. Support for those who care for disabled Californians is set to be slashed.

CA EVENT: Was Pete Wilson Right?

Monday, June 29, 2009 - 8:00pm
Pete Wilson’s California wasn’t too different from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s. The state’s education system lagged behind the rest of the country, interest groups had a tight grip on Sacramento, healthcare costs were rising, and the economy was the worst it had been since the Great Depression. While Wilson may be best remembered for his more controversial stances—like supporting Proposition 187, which sought to refuse services to illegal immigrants—he also managed to pass budgets and break partisan stalemates, ultimately leaving his successor a budget surplus.

The House at the End of the Road

Monday, June 29, 2009 - 1:15pm

In 1914, in defiance of his middle-class landowning family, a young white man named James Morgan Richardson married a light-skinned black woman named Edna Howell. Over more than twenty years of marriage, they formed a strong family and built a house at the end of a winding sandy road in South Alabama, a place where their safety from the hostile world around them was assured, and where they developed a unique racial and cultural identity. Jim and Edna Richardson were Ralph Eubanks's grandparents.

Is Asia on the Rise?

Monday, June 29, 2009 - 9:30am

Many of America’s top foreign policy scholars and pundits have predicted, even warned of Asia’s imminent rise as the leading economic power in the world. But writer Minxin Pei begs to differ.

The Evolution of God

Monday, June 15, 2009 - 7:00pm

Is our people's God jealous of your people's God? Should religion unite us or divide us? Is our view of your God driven by theology, or is it shaped by whether we want to trade with you or take your land? Why can't we all just get along, anyway?

These questions are as universal and as timeless as, well, God... and are at the heart of Robert Wright's new authoritative yet irreverent book, The Evolution of God.

CA EVENT: The Evolution of God (San Francisco)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009 - 8:30pm

Is God good or bad? In both the Bible and the Koran, God’s mood seems to swing randomly between belligerence and benevolence. But the scriptures, read carefully, reveal a subtle pattern in these moods, a pattern that is key to understanding the evolution of the great monotheistic faiths. In an era when the perceived divisions between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam spark violent conflict, understanding the deep parallels between the faiths—and the forces that can move them to a higher moral plane—is crucial to building a peaceful world.

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