From building the border wall to rescinding the unconstitutional DACA program to stopping illegal immigrant caravans from Central America, the Trump Administration has made a dizzying number of border security and immigration changes. Border security and immigration are regularly among the top issues that Americans care about because they affect so many aspects of our lives – the economy, crime, public health, education, culture, and more.

The meaningful progress of the Trump Administration is opposed by the radical left who seek to undo these changes and impose an open borders immigration policy, along with amnesty for millions of illegal aliens already in the United States. The Trump Administration made these changes in the face of stiff and coordinated opposition via lawsuits and judicial activism, congressional inaction, and state and local sanctuary jurisdictions. This opposition has real consequences, including heartbreaking drug overdoses and violent gang activity in the United States from the deadly drugs and MS-13 gang members crossing our border. In 2020, COVID-19 further complicated America’s border and immigration issues, leading to travel restrictions, employment visa and foreign student policy changes to protect public health and prioritize Americans getting back to work. America will continue to experience dynamic immigration issues when countries recover from COVID-19 and have to address their struggling economies.

The emerging market, especially in Africa, has achieved many technological advances in the past several years. Meanwhile, China’s burgeoning fifth-generation (5G) wireless network offers developing countries faster access to the rest of the world and the ability to expand their industries with the use of digital technology. But, at what cost?

The U.S., arm-in-arm with the rest of the free world, must mitigate the risks associated with government-controlled Chinese companies deploying 5G wireless networks in emerging markets, and work to develop viable alternatives to Chinese technology. Such a presence is a clear national security threat that compromises global telecommunications and data infrastructure, and ultimately affects how countries are governed.

In some respects, 2020 has been a disappointing year for the Second Amendment. The Supreme Court continued its decade-long silence on this important constitutional right, and gun control legislation remains a potent rallying cry for many local, state, and national lawmakers. And yet, 2020 is nevertheless poised to be a year of Second Amendment resurgence. Nationwide protests, violent crime spikes in major cities, and calls to defund or abolish police departments have led to record-breaking numbers of gun sales. Nearly 40% of new sales during the first half of the year were by first-time buyers, with an estimated 2.5 million Americans joining the ranks of gun owners between January and June.

Who are these new gun owners? What motivates them? What obstacles do they face in the exercise of their Second Amendment rights? How might this unprecedented spike in first-time gun owners affect the national conversation about the right to keep and bear arms? Join our important conversation about the changing landscape of gun ownership in America and what this means for the larger debate on gun control.

The 2020 presidential election continues to get more tumultuous as Election Day approaches. With concern over the threat of COVID-19 and an explosion in election-related litigation, there is an organized push for all-mail voting as a substitute for casting ballots at the polls. Given the documented security vulnerabilities and serious problems with delayed and misdelivery of mail-in or absentee ballots, how safe is the vote-by-mail process? Join us for a deep dive into what is happening on the ground in states across the country, as our experts unpack the organized campaign being waged to compromise election integrity.

We will cover the issue from all angles, including perspectives from a current secretary of state, an investigative journalist, and an election lawyer actively engaged in litigation in the states.

Several months ago, the first reports of a deadly virus in Wuhan began to surface. As the global health community sought answers, the Chinese Communist Party hid behind a Great Wall of Secrecy. Now, as the Chinese government pursues a doubling of their nuclear arsenal, they’re hiding behind the same wall. What are China’s true nuclear ambitions? How must the U.S.—and the world—respond?

The Heritage Foundation is pleased to host Ambassador Marshall Billingslea, Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control, to discuss all this and more.

President Trump has nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court. Barrett has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit since November 2017 and has authored over 100 opinions during her nearly three years on the bench. Before becoming a federal judge, she was a law professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School. During her last confirmation, a diverse group of 48 professors from leading law schools lauded her contributions to legal scholarship as “rigorous, fair-minded, respectful, and constructive.” She has been praised as a judge who tries to interpret the Constitution according to its original public meaning. The Senate Judiciary Committee will soon hold hearings to examine Judge Barrett’s record and judicial philosophy. What kind of judge is she? How will her confirmation impact the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence? Join us as a panel of scholars analyze Judge Barrett’s most significant rulings and legal writings and her likely impact on the Court.


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India and the United States find themselves increasingly converging on the key geopolitical issues of our time: counterterrorism, the Free and Open Indo-Pacific, rules-based order, and the need for transparent and sustainable infrastructure in South Asia. As an unprecedented crisis simmers at the China-India border, the India-U.S. strategic partnership is poised to assume even greater significance in the years ahead.

Please join us as Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu reviews recent efforts to strengthen the India-U.S. partnership based on the shared values of democracy and the rule of law while looking ahead to new opportunities for India-U.S. collaboration in a changing global environment.

Over the last four years, the United States has taken great strides in the domain of space. The Department of Defense has been reorganized to add a new service and a new combatant command whose collective focus is the warfighting domain of space. NASA was given new strategic guidance for human exploration of space and funding to make it happen. This year alone, the commercial sector will more than double the number of launches made from US soil in a single year. On-demand, low cost space access is closer to reality than ever before.

Those gains should be celebrated, as they have put the United States on a trajectory to dominate all other nations in this critical domain. During the next four years America must use its current momentum to ensure the noble ends of security, exploration, and access are achieved for both the United States and the free world.

On October 6th, 2017, President Trump signed the Women Peace and Security Act, the first legislation of its kind in the world. To commemorate the third anniversary of the Act and to launch the American Council on Women, Peace, and Security, panelists will examine America’s unique contributions to the WPS agenda in an era of strategic competition. Join us as experts discuss how the United States will engage other nations with their own WPS frameworks, advance women’s liberty, dignity and opportunity as a matter of national security, and make the United States the partner of choice in the years ahead.


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Barrels of ink have been spilt on the importance of allies to U.S. security interests. But allies are only of value if they do their part to contribute to shared interests. There are troubling trends in the U.S. alliance structure, especially in NATO. Russia is hard at work sowing dissension among our European partners while it aggressively moves to influence events across Europe, the Middle East, and even North Africa. China is expanding its reach across Asia, rapidly modernizing its ability to project military power, methodically building an overland trade network, and has become a key economic partner for many countries in Europe. Meanwhile, the military power of the NATO alliance has shrunk, aged, and (especially in Europe) become less ready for use than when it stood as a bulwark against Soviet aggression.

Has the divergence of U.S. and European perceptions of the threats posed by Russia and China become so great that security and economic interests are at substantial risk? Is there a path forward that ensures Western, democratic, free-market countries can sustain their systems in the face of expansionist authoritarianism?

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Now that she has stepped onto the national stage, the American people have an opportunity to get to know Judge Barrett. What kind of boss, mentor, and judge is she? Join us as a panel with former clerks, former students, and a colleague from Notre Dame Law School describe their time working with and learning from her and explain why she will make an excellent Supreme Court justice.


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In February, the Trump administration launched its Central Asia Strategy to drive the United States’ engagement in the countries of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Central Asia has always been the strategic and commercial crossroad of civilizations between Europe and Asia. The United States’ primary strategic interest in this region is to build a more stable and prosperous Central Asia that is sovereign, secure and connected to global markets.

To implement this new vision, Acting Administrator John Barsa of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will announce a significant shift of USAID’s presence in Central Asia that will help deepen the United States’ commitment to, and strategic partnership with, the countries and in the region more broadly.

As the U.N. is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the U.N.’s Fourth World Conference on Women that took place in Beijing in 1995, conservatives must counter the prevailing liberal feminist perspective that reduces the diverse needs of women and girls to abortion rights under the guise of so-called “sexual and reproductive health.” Instead, to improve women and girls’ lives we must promote solutions that meet women’s real needs and desires, such as education, medicine and health care, economic empowerment, access to justice, and safety for their children and families. While many elites equate women’s empowerment with abortion rights, millions of women around the world reject this false and one-dimensional view of women’s needs.

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There is an ongoing debate about the relationship between the Constitution and slavery prior to the 13th Amendment. On the one hand, the words “slave” and “slavery” do not appear in the document. On the other, there was no explicit federal ban of this evil practice until 1865. Some view this omission as a covert way of preserving slavery while shrouding the Founders’ hypocrisy. Others, such as Frederick Douglass, consider the Constitution to be an “anti-slavery” document because a “plain and common-sense reading of the Constitution” clearly prohibits slavery. Still others see it as a compromise, delicately omitting the word “slave” to avoid the implication that there could be “property in men,” but conceding its permissibility, with the hope that it would become extinct. Please join us for a thoughtful discussion about these rival conceptions of the Constitution with our distinguished historians and constitutional scholars.


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The Supreme Court returns October 5th for its 2020-2021 Term, and the justices will hear cases on a number of important issues: religious liberty, the administrative state, copyright protections, Obamacare, the Mueller report, and more. For instance, in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, the Court will determine whether states may bar faith-based foster care agencies if they have a traditional view of marriage. In Collins v. Mnuchin, the Court will further refine the extent of the President’s appointment and removal powers and control over independent, single-director federal agencies, following its decision last term in Seila Law v. CFPB. In Google LLC v. Oracle, the Court will decide whether copyright protection extends to a software interface. The Court will consider whether states may challenge the minimum coverage provision in the Affordable Care Act in California v. Texas, and whether Congress is permitted access to the Mueller Report in its entirety in DOJ v. House Committee on the Judiciary. Please join us for a thoughtful discussion with two distinguished Supreme Court litigators about what is likely to unfold in the next Supreme Court term.


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The unexpected resignation of Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has raised concerns over the future course of Japan’s diplomatic, security, and economic policies. As Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, Abe brought political stability as well as enacting an impressive list of national security and diplomatic initiatives. He was a stalwart supporter of the alliance with the United States and championed policies that promoted freedom in the region.

While none of Abe’s likely successors are expected to dramatically change course, there are questions as to whether Japan will continue Abe’s strong advocacy for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy, and his planned security initiatives to combat the growing Chinese military threat. How will Tokyo respond to U.S. demands for greater security contributions, and deal with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 virus while balancing competing economic demands of Washington and Beijing?

The Transatlantic alliance finds itself facing significant challenges. Russia is increasingly assertive and aggressive, and utilizes every means at its disposal to advance its strategic aims. Meanwhile, China aims to advance its power and influence across the globe through promoting its flagship policies and policing China discourse while suppressing human rights at home, including in Hong Kong. Coupled with these challenges is the ongoing economic, societal, political, and security upheaval resulting from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. What impact will Covid-19 have on the future of Europe, and European economic productivity?

Transatlantic unity remains vital. The Netherlands is a crucial partner in protecting and advancing the principles that undergird the Atlantic alliance. Join us as Stef Blok, Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Kingdom of the Netherlands, addresses the future of US-European cooperation at this critical juncture.

Six of ten aerial drones used by American state and local law enforcement agencies are Chinese-made. Recent independent investigations reveal that Chinese drones and their supporting applications secretly collect sensitive user data and can imbed code that allows them to identify specific targets of interest, access that target’s networks and ultimately compromise the user’s phone. Chinese corporations like DJI, the world’s leading small drone manufacturer, use technology to harvest vast amounts of information that is fed, by Chinese law, to the Chinese government.

Join industry, law enforcement and technology experts for a hard-hitting discussion on Chinese drones and the risks they pose to the communities where they are employed.

From Howard Zinn’s, A People’s History, to The New York Times 1619 Project, revisionists have claimed that America’s past is nothing more than a history of oppression, slavery, and exploitation. During the ongoing battle to control American history, the media and the educational system have manipulated young Americans into turning a cold shoulder to bedrock principles of free speech, individual liberty, and limited government. Join us for the second of a three-part series, America’s History of Hope. You will gain a deeper understanding of the dangers of revisionist history and the importance of preserving America’s founding ideals and principles.


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The U.S.-Taiwan relationship is increasingly important in the face of a more aggressive China. While U.S. relations with Taiwan are strong and have, in fact, improved in some respects, economic cooperation remains underdeveloped. For years, The Heritage Foundation has called for increased economic cooperation and broader dialogue to address areas of private sector cooperation. Join us as we explore the potential of these initiatives and others.


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