The Department of Veterans’ Affairs should be the nation’s greatest champion for veteran care, service, and support… yet often it struggles to provide veterans with the resources needed for success.

Join US House VA Committee members Mike Levin (D-CA) and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) as they discuss the VET OPP Act, their joint attempt to better equip veterans for civilian sector success

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The Department of Veterans’ Affairs should be the nation’s greatest champion for veteran care, service, and support… yet often it struggles to provide veterans with the resources needed for success.

Join US House VA Committee members Mike Levin (D-CA) and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) as they discuss the VET OPP Act, their joint attempt to better equip veterans for civilian sector success

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The American safety net is made up of more than 80 individual programs that spend roughly $1 trillion annually. This system has done a remarkable job in terms of alleviating material hardship but has been less successful at promoting upward mobility and empowering welfare recipients to rise out of poverty.

Clarence H. Carter, the Director of the Office of Family Assistance and Acting Director of the Office of Community Services at the Department of Health and Human Services, shares his vision for a re-imagined safety net with AEI’s Matt Weidinger. They discuss how programs can grow the capacity of recipients while also leveraging the expertise and creativity of local communities and service providers.

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What is American conservatism? Does the conservatism of today uphold the philosophies of the American founding?
Join AEI President Robert Doar and columnist George Will as they discuss Dr. Will’s newest book, The Conservative Sensibility.

 

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What has happened to millennials over the past decade, and who is responsible?

Millennials complain that the job market has never fully worked for them, that they are crushed by student debt, and that paying for their parents’ old-age entitlement benefits will bankrupt them. But are these complaints justified? Joseph Sternberg of The Wall Street Journal joins AEI’s Ramesh Ponnuru and The Century Foundation’s Conor Williams to discuss if the policy choices of baby boomers have created a real problem for millennials entering the job market today.

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One year has passed since the passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act. This bipartisan legislation offered states the option to apply Title IV-E foster care funds toward preventive services intended to keep children in homes with their families. The legislation also placed a cap on the amount of federal funds that could be used to fund residential institutions for kids in foster care.

Congressional leaders have sent a letter to Health and Human Services voicing concerns over missed deadlines and the pace at which preventive service programs are approved for reimbursement. Meanwhile, state leaders are struggling to find alternatives to residential foster institutions, which could mean leaving children in unsafe homes.

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In today’s challenging political environment, there is much we can still learn from the life of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s legendary leader.

Ndaba Mandela shares the leadership principles that he learned from his grandfather, and his efforts in fostering youth leaders who can identify and help resolve problems facing their communities. He will also discuss #100Mandelas, the flagship project of Africa Rising, which will be partnering with the US Dream Academy to create global youth leaders in the United States and South Africa dedicated to breaking cycles of poverty and incarceration.

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Is the Trump phenomenon a mere aberration, or is it indicative of a long-term trend unlikely to disappear anytime soon? What are the various forms of nationalism surfacing in the US, and more broadly, how do they influence conservative policy?

The resurgence of American nationalism has the potential to transform domestic and foreign policy alike, affecting everything from border security to free trade to alliance management. Join AEI’s Colin Dueck, John Yoo, Henry Olsen, Matt Spalding, and Jonah Goldberg as they discuss what American nationalism is, how it relates to the Trump presidency, and what its policy implications are.

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For decades, the US-Colombia relationship has facilitated vital cooperation on security, trade, and a host of regional issues. Under President Iván Duque Márquez and Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez, Colombia is working with the US to confront the hostile Venezuelan regime and combat the resurgence of coca cultivation and transnational organized crime.

AEI’s Roger Noriega and Colombian Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez discuss what the future may hold for the US-Colombia relationship, the Venezuelan crisis, and transnational organized crime.

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Should the Fed be allowed to discriminate to prevent entry and innovation?

When the Fed undertook a series of quantitative easing operations to control interest rates and lift the economy out of the Great Recession, it began paying banks interest on bank reserves. As the Fed raised the interest rate paid on reserves, new specialized banks formed to capture that interest. The Fed has resisted opening accounts for these new banks, triggering legal action.

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Venezuela is in crisis. More than 94 percent of Venezuelans live in poverty and face widespread power outages, food scarcity, and medicine shortages. Current US-led efforts to dislodge the illegitimate Maduro regime through economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure have yet to yield success.

Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) discusses his concerns on the Venezuelan crisis, how it affects US interests, and what the United States and the world should do about it.

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How we govern the collection and use of data could affect public trust influence the rate of innovation across the economy. What policies will encourage digital privacy, data security, and innovation and ensure US leadership on privacy moving forward?

FTC Commissioner Christine Wilson and Department of Justice Acting Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer Peter Winn will visit AEI to discuss their ideas about US leadership on privacy in the digital age with AEI’s Shane Tews and Roslyn Layton.

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Momentum around paid family leave policies is building in the United States, with several states and employers experimenting with different approaches. But what would be an appropriate federal framework for a paid family leave plan?

Join AEI’s Aparna Mathur and Sen. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), on their ideas and thoughts to provide working-class Americans with paid family leave.

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What are the economic and political implications of Brexit for the US, Europe, and the UK? AEI’s Desmond Lachman and a panel of dignitaries and policy experts discuss how the UK got to this point and what is likely to happen next with Brexit.

Desmond Lachman is joined by Ambassador of Ireland to the United States Daniel Mulhall, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for North America Antony Phillipson, Adam Posen of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and Amanda Sloat of the Brookings Institution. Freddy Gray of The Spectator moderates the discussion.

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After spending decades and billions of dollars training Arab armies, many argue that the time has come for the United States to turn its back on the Middle East. But the price of abandoning the region to the likes of Iran, Hezbollah, al Qaeda, and ISIS will be high. The US must radically rethink its engagement with Arab armed forces.

Join AEI’s Kenneth Pollack and Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland for a conversation addressing the urgent question of how to better train Arab armies, and a discussion on Dr. Pollack’s new book, “Armies of Sand: The Past, Present, and Future of Arab Military Effectiveness”, which addresses the factors that contribute to Arab military ineffectiveness.

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Following the recent passage of the First Step Act, correctional education and workforce programs have become a frequent topic in helping incarcerated individuals return to society as productive and law-abiding citizens. Yet, prisoner rehabilitation programming is arguably one of the most contested criminal justice policies of our time. Are prisons designed for corporal punishment, human improvement, or both?

Join us as the authors of “Education for Liberation: The Politics of Promise and Reform Inside and Beyond America’s Prisons” discuss the promise, history, and future of correctional education and reentry programs.

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Most Americans are distressed by their country’s growing divisions. But the problem is not excessive anger or incivility. Rather, it is a culture of contempt — the growing conviction that those who disagree with us are worthless as people.

AEI President Arthur Brooks has a solution in his new book “Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt”, which charts a course to a better kind of politics, based on a clear and bracing commitment to loving one another.

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The Pentagon’s National Defense Strategy declares that the United States has entered a renewed period of great power competition. To pursue this new strategic direction, the Department of Defense requires new budgetary resources, new operational concepts, and energetic oversight from the country’s political leadership — in other words, partners in Congress.

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) join AEI’s Mackenzie Eaglen to discuss current national defense issues, the National Defense Strategy, and the importance of cutting across party lines.

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In conversation with AEI’s Sally Satel, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) discusses the ongoing nationwide efforts to curb opioid misuse and addiction, and how recent legislation provides crucial resources to the communities that need it most.

Steve Williams, the mayor of Huntington, West Virginia, Joe Parks from the National Council for Behavioral Health and AEI’s Alex Brill also join our panel to discuss major challenges to recovery, focusing in particular on how recent federal efforts are interacting with existing state and local initiatives to curb opioid misuse and promote stronger, healthier communities.

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On December 14, a federal district court in Texas ruled that the current version of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate was unconstitutional. Join our AEI panel to learn how the severability law should be applied properly as this case advances. If an appellate court upholds the district court decision on constitutional issues, it still must decide what to do next. The primary options including striking down only the individual mandate (full severability), severing other functionally linked ACA insurance regulation provisions (partial severability), and finding that the entire ACA cannot be sustained.

Our panelists are Josh Blackman, Jim Blumstein, Ted Frank, Ilya Somin, and AEI’s Thomas P. Miller.

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