This week on Banter, AEI Visiting Scholar Roger Bate joined the show to discuss the rise of illicit fentanyl use in America. An expert on international health policy, Bate recently authored a report on how policies to combat America’s opioid epidemic have contributed to an increase in fentanyl use and fatal overdoses.

This week on Banter, Robert Doar and Ben Harris joined the show to discuss a new report on the issues plaguing the American working class and possible bipartisan policy solutions. The report, Work, skills, and community: How to rejuvenate the American working class, was authored by a group convened by Opportunity America and cosponsored by AEI and the Brookings Institution. Doar is AEI’s Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies and Harris is the chief economist and senior adviser at Results for America and the former chief economist and economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden. Both participated in an AEI event presenting the report.

This week on Banter, former prime minister of Slovakia Mikuláš Dzurinda joined the show to discuss European politics, transatlantic relations, and his tenure as prime minister from 1998 to 2006. Currently, he serves as the president of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, the official think tank of the European People’s Party

This week on Banter, Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Oren Cass joins the show to discuss his new book “The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America.” The book encourages policymakers and the public to rethink the decades-long economic consensus that prioritized increased consumption. Cass argues for a new way of thinking that values production and provides opportunities for American workers to support their families and communities. Cass participated in an AEI public event alongside the Brookings Institution’s Isabel Sawhill and IBM’s Stanley Litow on work, skills, and mobility in late October. Check out the full event video at the link below.

 

This week on Banter, AEI Senior Fellow Karlyn Bowman and Resident Scholar Norm Ornstein joined the show for a postelection analysis of the 2018 midterm elections and a 2020 elections outlook. They explain what happened in the US House of Representatives and Senate and how these results matter in the coming years. Earlier today, Karlyn, Norm, and their colleague Michael Barone hosted a public event as part of AEI’s Election Watch series, which has been going on since 1982.

This week on Banter, AEI Jeane Kirkpatrick Fellow Clay Fuller joined the show to discuss combating transnational criminal organizations and the authoritarian regimes that facilitate their activities. Clay’s work at AEI focuses on authoritarian survival, corruption, and how dictators, terrorists, and criminals use free markets to legitimize their actions. Earlier this week, he and AEI Visiting Fellow Roger Noriega hosted an event at AEI on dismantling transnational organized crime networks in the Americas. You can watch the full event video at the link below.

This week on Banter, AEI Resident Scholar and Codirector of AEI’s Center on Housing Markets and Finance Lynn Fisher joined the show to discuss affordable housing and the current state of US housing markets. This week, Dr. Fisher and the center are hosting the seventh annual AEI-CRN conference on housing markets and finance. You can watch the full event video at the link below.

This week on Banter, AEI Senior Fellow and Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Financial Policy Studies Peter Wallison joins the show to discuss his new book “Judicial Fortitude: The Last Chance to Rein in the Administrative State.” The book argues that the executive branch’s administrative agencies have gradually taken over the legislative role of Congress and that the judicial branch bears the primary responsibility for this development because it has failed to enforce the separation of powers.

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This week on Banter, AEI Resident Scholar Karen Young joins the show to discuss the regional social and political implications of economic reforms underway in the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries– Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, and Oman. She recently published a report detailing the specific economic reforms in these countries which you can find at the link below. In addition to her work at AEI, Young also teaches courses on the international relations and economy of the Middle East at George Washington University and at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

 

This week on Banter, we’re joined by AEI Resident Scholar Ken Pollack to discuss the rise of Qayis al-Khazali in Iraq. Khazali, a violent terrorist who leads the Asaib Ahl al-Haq (AAH) network, was captured and interrogated by US-led coalition forces in 2007. The recently declassified tactical interrogation reports paint a fascinating portrait of anti-American Shia forces in Iraq. AAH captured 15 seats in Iraq’s parliamentary elections in May. How did Khazali rise to political prominence and what implications does that have for the future of Iraq? You can find links to a brief report Dr. Pollack published in August about the Khazali network and the Khazali interrogation reports below.

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This week on Banter, we’re joined by William & Mary Law School professor James Dwyer to discuss his new book, “Liberal Child Welfare Policy and its Destruction of Black Lives.” Dwyer, a self-described liberal, explains how the child welfare policies promoted by liberals have contributed to the intergenerational cycle of dysfunction in America’s poorest communities. He recently joined AEI Visiting Fellow Naomi Schaefer Riley at AEI for a discussion of the book. You can watch the full event video at the link below.

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This week on Banter, we’re joined by AEI Senior Fellow Karlyn Bowman to discuss the 2018 midterm elections, including what the latest polls are showing about the chances of a blue wave this November and how big of a factor Trump will be for voters. At AEI, Bowman analyzes American public opinion using available polling data on a variety of subjects and speaks frequently about the evolution of American politics due to key demographic and geographic changes.

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This week on Banter, we’re joined by president of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem, Dr. Yoram Hazony, to discuss his new book “The Virtue of Nationalism.” Hazony relies extensively on history, political philosophy, and theology to argue that nationalism isn’t the threat it’s recently been made out to be, but rather, a beacon of hope for humanity and the best way to organize our global political system.

This week on Banter, we’re joined by former Portuguese Europe Minister Bruno Maçães to discuss his new book “The Dawn of Eurasia.” Maçães argues that the new global order can best be described as ‘Eurasian’ and highlights the importance of thinking on a super-continental scale. Maçães is currently a Senior Advisor at Flint Global in London and Senior Fellow at Renmin University, Beijing and the Hudson Institute in Washington.

This week on Banter, we’re joined by the Wall Street Journal’s Matthew Hennessey to discuss his new book “Zero Hour for Gen X: How the Last Adult Generation Can Save America from Millennials.” Generation X consists of people born roughly between 1965 and 1980. Sandwiched between the Baby Boomers and tech-obsessed Millennials, Gen X is smaller than either cohort and, according to Hennessey, is the only generation that can stand up and resist utopian Silicon Valley visionaries, the Internet of Things, and addiction to technology.

Zero Hour for Gen X: How the Last Adult Generation Can Save America from Millennials | Matthew Hennessey | Encounter Books | August 14, 2018

This week on Banter, we’re joined by AEI Visiting Fellow Michael Mazza to discuss his new report “An American Strategy for Southeast Asia.” The report discusses the importance of the region and how the United States can design and implement a comprehensive strategy to promote peace, free-market economics, and liberal democracy. Mazza hosted an AEI public event this week to release the report, which featured remarks from Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver. You can access both the report and the full event video at the links below:

An American Strategy for Southeast Asia | Michael Mazza | American Enterprise Institute | August 7, 2018

This week on Banter, we’re joined by AEI Research Fellow Dalibor Rohac to discuss how populism in Europe and the United States has weakened core transatlantic institutions such as the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Rohac recently co-authored a new report with AEI Senior Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Danielle Pletka and Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Vikram Singh titled “Partnership in Peril: The Populist Assault on the Transatlantic Community,” which puts forth an agenda for how key transatlantic partnerships can be reinvigorated in a politically sustainable, even populist, way. You can read the full report below.

Partnership in Peril: The Populist Assault on the Transatlantic Community | Danielle Pletka, Dalibor Rohac, and Vikram Singh | AEI and the Center for American Progress | July 31, 2018

This week on Banter, we’re joined by AEI’s Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy Joe Antos to discuss the cost of prescription drugs. Dr. Antos recently published a report with his AEI colleague Jim Capretta titled “Prescription Drug Pricing: An Overview of the Legal, Regulatory, and Market Environment.” The paper discusses the existing arrangements that contribute to drug costs and offers several reforms that might relieve the financial burden that high prices can sometimes place on patients. You can read the full paper below.

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This week on Banter, we’re joined by Ed DeMarco to discuss the history of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, these entities’ role in the 2008 housing market crash, and how (and if) Fannie and Freddie could be reformed. From September 2009 to January 2014, Dr. DeMarco served as acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, conservator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and regulator of those companies and the Federal Home Loan Banks. Today, he serves as the president of the Financial Services Roundtable’s Housing Policy Council and a senior fellow in residence at the Milken Institute’s Center for Financial Markets. He participated in an AEI public event hosted by AEI Resident Fellow Ed Pinto on whether Fannie and Freddie should be expanding or shrinking their activities. You can watch the full event video at the link below.

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This week on Banter, AEI Visiting Fellow Jay Cost joins the show to discuss his new book “The Price of Greatness: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and the Creation of American Oligarchy.” The book describes the fractious relationship between Alexander Hamilton and James Madison. After working together to advocate for the ratification of the Constitution, Hamilton and Madison became bitter rivals with Hamilton emphasizing economic growth and Madison the importance of republican principles. The book has important lessons for how we balance nationalism and republicanism today. Dr. Cost hosted a release event for the book at AEI. You can watch the full event video and read Jay’s recent National Affairs piece at the links below.