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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Why do so many people believe the American dream is dead? Growing inequality, rising rates of deadly addiction, and heightening political strife are the disturbing realities threatening American lives today, especially the working class. The root of the problem comes from a lack of community. The dissolution of our most cherished institutions — nuclear families, places of worship, and civic organizations — has not only divided Americans but also eroded our sense of worth, belief in opportunity, and connections.

Megan McArdle of The Washington Post and F. A. Hayek Emeritus Chair in Cultural Studies Charles Murray join AEI’s Timothy P. Carney to discuss his upcoming book, “Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse” which provides a framework that will lead us back out of a lonely, modern wilderness.

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President Donald Trump has made his foreign policy views clear through the National Security Strategy, emphasizing great power competition, national interest, and alliance and trade relationships. How does this then change the Senate’s role in conducting foreign policy and advancing America’s national security interests?

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) joins AEI’s Colin Dueck to discuss what the Senate’s role should be in shaping American foreign policy. Sen. Cruz highlights how American national interest should be the driving force of foreign policy and explores the present and future of conservative foreign policy.

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The landscape of higher education and the cost of a college education has changed drastically over the past decade. Why hasn’t the Higher Education Act, which covers the federal government’s major student aid programs such as Pell Grants and student loans, changed as well?

On this episode of the events podcast, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) outlines his priorities for reforming and reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, including key topics such as FAFSA simplification, automatic student loan payments through payroll withholding, and program-level accountability reform that measures if students are repaying their debt. Is it possible for Congress to reach a bipartisan deal by the end of this year, or will the nation’s higher education system continue to be governed by rules and regulations last reauthorized over a decade ago?

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In a climate of increasing social isolation and limited civic engagement, how is it possible that most people can still believe in the goodness of their communities and neighbors, and continue to have faith in the American dream?

The new AEI Survey on Community and Society explores these findings, diving into this relationship between local communities and the American dream, as well as highlighting the ties between social infrastructure and social capital.

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Harvard President Larry Bacow discusses the future of education and how American universities have stepped up to the challenge of surviving in the face of existential threats. How have universities overcome the widespread perception of being “elite” and too focused on being “politically correct”?

Through his interview and the following panel discussion with Michelle Weise of Strada Education Network, Sandy Baum of the Urban Institute, Anthony Carnevale of Georgetown University, and Richard Reeves of the Brookings Institution, this AEI Events Podcast tackles the main challenges facing higher education today.

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In many schools across the country, students are underperforming. But what can we do about it?

In this episode of “The Report with Nat Malkus,” on the AEI Education Podcast, host Nat Malkus discusses lessons learned from the Obama Administration’s School Improvement Grants with Deven Carlson, and an effort to train school leaders to improve student outcomes with Michael Sonbert.

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On this episode of the AEI Events Podcast, we travel back to 1991 with President George H.W. Bush as he discusses U.S. economic conditions, the fall of communism, the economy, and the 1990 budget agreement.

This event took place on December 3, 1991.

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