The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is gearing up for its most important political event of the decade. Sometime in the second half of 2022, China’s most senior leaders will assemble at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People for the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, in which General Secretary Xi Jinping is expected to stay in office for a precedent-breaking third term. Maneuvering ahead of the event will dominate political life in China throughout 2022, and the outcomes of the congress will determine the country’s trajectory for years to come.

Join us for a timely discussion about what to expect at the Party Congress, how it will influence China’s political course, and what it will mean for policymakers in Washington and other capitals as they grapple with the China challenge.

America is under attack by the radical left, and there’s never been a greater need for strong leadership if we’re to rescue our country. Senator Rick Scott recently unveiled an 11-point plan to do just that: Rescue America.

 

Critical race theory (CRT) has hijacked the U.S. education system on every level. Parents, students, educators, and policymakers must know and support the truth about American history and reject this divisive, anti-American theory’s obsession with skin color and prejudice.

Don’t miss Heritage’s Jonathan Butcher in conversation with AEI’s Ian Rowe as they unpack CRT’s dangerous consequences on American education and what we can do to overcome it. The conversation will be framed by Jonathan’s new book, Splintered: Critical Race Theory and the Progressive War on Truth, and Ian’s forthcoming book, Agency: The Four Point Plan for ALL Children to Overcome the Victimhood Narrative and Discover Their Pathway to Power.

We are living in the most dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis thanks to Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The risk of escalation and spillover are very real, and the implications are dire. While the world is rightly focused on the immediate crisis, we cannot afford to ignore the systematic threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Join us for a timely address by Senator Marco Rubio, a leader on foreign policy and intelligence issues in the U.S. Senate, who will outline why he and many in Congress have become concerned that for nearly two decades, the CCP has slowly undermined America’s economic strength and cultural cohesion by stealing critical technology and productive capacity. They’ve done so by slowly infiltrating every segment of America, from government and business to academia and entertainment. Despite the growing awareness, America risks being distracted by domestic politics and economics. Without urgent action, Beijing will only strengthen its hand, destabilize the region, and further undermine U.S. interests. When a book about the 21st century is written, the relationship between China and the United States will be a defining chapter. We need a whole of society – not just government – effort to prevail.

Pentagon resourcing has been criticized as too slow, too rigid, and unable to deliver the needed capabilities to the warfighter. Former House Armed Services Committee Chairman Representative Mac Thornberry put it bluntly: “[T]oday’s rapid innovation and technological change renders our industrial age approach to funding obsolete.” In the coming weeks, a congressionally directed commission will begin the hard work to arrive at recommendations to reform the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) process.

Join us as experts discuss what the Commission should prioritize and how it should address longstanding challenges.

The Heritage Foundation is honored to announce its inaugural Edwin Meese III Originalism Lecture featuring Professor Josh Blackman from South Texas College of Law Houston.

This annual lecture seeks to honor former Attorney General Ed Meese’s legacy of advancing an understanding and jurisprudence of originalism. When the Framers wrote the Constitution, “Their intention was to write a document not just for their times but for posterity,” Meese said in a 1985 speech to the D.C. Chapter of the Federalist Society Lawyers Division. Meese reiterated the theme of Original Intention in several speeches, warning of the danger of “seeing the Constitution as an empty vessel into which each generation may pour its passion and prejudice.” The Great Debate that he launched over three decades ago placed the idea of judicial originalism at the center of American jurisprudence and fundamentally altered the constitutional landscape of this nation.

Please join us for a timely conversation between senior British Cabinet Minister Brandon Lewis and The Heritage Foundation’s Dr. Nile Gardiner, a former aide to Lady Thatcher, in relation to Northern Ireland and the UK Secretary of State’s visit to Washington.


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The Heritage Foundation is honored to host 70th U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for our signature event on U.S. policy in the Indo-Pacific. Heritage’s annual B.C. Lee Lecture on international affairs was endowed by the Samsung Group in honor of its founder, the late B.C. Lee, to focus on the U.S. relationship with the Indo-Pacific.


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The autonomous territory of Somaliland is one of the most strategically located areas in Africa. It sits near a global shipping chokepoint, is just across the Gulf of Aden from Yemen, and neighbors Djibouti which hosts, among others, the U.S.’s only permanent military base in Africa and China’s first permanent overseas military base. Over the last three decades, Somaliland has built a still-consolidating but tenacious democracy while also serving as a bastion of relative stability in the tumultuous East Africa region that is increasingly resistant to U.S. influence. In 2020, it established diplomatic ties with Taiwan.

Yet no country, including the U.S., recognizes Somaliland as independent despite its three decades-long practice of independence. By resting its policy for that region in part on the myth that Somaliland is functionally part of the rest of Somalia, the U.S. misses the opportunity to reward a home-grown, pro-American democracy, shore up its position in a strategic part of Africa, and honor the consistent aspirations for independence of millions of Somalilanders.

Between April 2020 and April 2021, a record-breaking 100,000 Americans overdosed and died from illegal drugs. Nearly two-thirds of those deaths have been linked to synthetic opioids, primarily fentanyl. Fentanyl is 50-100 times more potent than the organically derived opiate morphine, and the fentanyl analogue carfentanil is 10,000 times as potent as morphine. A small number of grains—grains, not grams—of fentanyl can prove fatal. Smugglers working for the Mexican drug cartels ferry most of the fentanyl into America across our borders with Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. The Biden administration has made no serious effort to halt the cartels’ use of illegal immigrants as smugglers.

 

Join a discussion about the arts of liberty hosted by The Heritage Foundation and The University of Dallas on March 9. Dr. Gerard Wegemer will moderate a conversation with Dr. Kevin Roberts, Dr. Jonathan Sanford, and Dr. Melissa Moschella about the relationship between the liberal arts, what it means to be human, self-government, and the nature of liberty.


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It’s been a year since the Burmese military carried out a coup. Since that time, the Burmese people have faced persecution, extrajudicial imprisonment, and severe restrictions on their freedoms. Despite the Burmese military’s best efforts, the Burmese people have demonstrated their resilience, fighting to defend freedom in their country. Join us on International Women’s Day for a program reflecting on the power of Burmese women as they actively thwart the military’s advances and safeguard freedom. The Biden administration’s efforts to respond to the coup have fallen far short of what is needed to fully support their cause. We will discuss how the U.S. government can support Burmese women as they fight for a brighter future in their country.


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Gender ideology has been working its way into America’s public schools for years—in both the official curriculum and extracurricular activities. On a parallel track, students have been introduced to gender ideology through social media “influencers,” helping fuel a rise in gender dysphoria among children. As a result, schools have begun enabling gender-confused students to “socially transition”—without their parents’ knowledge or consent. But a few brave parents have started to speak out, to defend their rights and the rights of their children. Join us for a timely discussion of these issues, with firsthand accounts from public school parents.


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What size, posture, warfighting concepts, and equipment should the U.S. military possess to defend our national interests? The Department of Defense makes these decisions every day. Made incorrectly, these choices could cost U.S. servicemembers their lives, and America, a war. While intuition can play a role, for the best chance of success, such decisions must be supported by data-driven analysis. Yet in 2018, the National Defense Strategy Commission found DOD “struggled to link objectives to operational concepts to capabilities to programs and resources” and blamed this on a “deficit in analytical capability, expertise, and processes.” A shortfall in DOD analytic capability should be a concern to all Americans. Join Heritage and a group of distinguished former DOD senior leaders—both producers and consumers of DOD analysis—to discuss the state of decision support analysis and what can be done to improve its quality.


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Government mandates and authoritarian COVID rules are crushing small businesses in America. In the nation’s capital alone, hundreds of restaurants have closed. Others are struggling to make ends meet.

For nearly two years, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the D.C. Council have invoked emergency powers—imposing mask mandates for schools and businesses and requiring restaurants to check customers’ vaccine status.

The Heritage Foundation’s 2022 Index of Economic Freedom—an annual global study that compares countries’ economic governance and competitiveness—highlights the urgent need for America to change policy course. The U.S. fell to 25th in the 2022 Index rankings—its lowest ranking ever. The decline of U.S. economic freedom, which has been driven by the deteriorating fiscal condition and further exacerbated by ongoing record inflation, is serious cause for alarm as it has real and tangible consequences for American consumers and producers. Yet the Biden administration is still barreling full steam ahead to implement a big government agenda that would add trillions to the debt, hike taxes, and centralize more federal power over the economy.

Join us for a timely discussion on why 2022 should be the year of action to reverse the misguided policy choices.

All eyes have been on our schools, but the ideology of wokeness has equally infected our churches. Theologian Owen Strachan will discuss how pastors preaching about white supremacy and collective guilt are undermining the unifying message of Christianity. He will make clear that not only is Critical Race Theory not the Gospel, it is anti-Gospel: it divides us from others, it foments pride, bitterness, and hatred, and perhaps most importantly of all, it reworks the nature of sin to make it structural instead of personal. This reworks the “good news” of Christianity, no small thing. But Strachan’s message is ultimately one of hope: by his grace, Christ calls Christians to be salt and light. Strachan will offer concrete guidance on the role we all can play in fighting injustice while at the same time rejecting woke utopianism in our churches, and in broader institutions as well.


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Join Heritage for an eye-opening conversation about the BLM organizations’ Marxist goals as Mike Gonzalez, author of BLM: The Making of a Marxist Revolution, and James Lindsay, founder of The New Discourses, sit down with special guest moderator Genevieve Wood.

When it comes to BLM it is best to break it down into its components. There is the concept, which no person of good will could disagree with. Then there is the movement, by which people mean different things, but it’s usually the demonstrators. Then there are the organizations that go under the BLM banner, which were founded by Marxists trained on ending the American experiment.

For decades, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have struggled to define “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act – a definition that determines what waters the agencies can regulate. In general, the agencies engage in overreach trying to regulate almost every water imaginable, making it difficult for private property owners, such as farmers, to engage in even ordinary activities on their own properties. But, there’s good news. The United States Supreme Court recently decided to hear the case Sackett v. EPA, which could finally provide a reasonable and clear answer to what WOTUS means. Join Heritage’s Daren Bakst and Paul Larkin alongside special guests Jack LaPant, a California farmer, and Tony Francois, co-counsel with the Pacific Legal Foundation in this important new case, to discuss WOTUS, Sackett v. EPA, and the potential for a breakthrough for property owners all over America.


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Please join us as senior British Cabinet Minister Oliver Dowden delivers remarks on the need for freedom loving nations to be confident in themselves, stand up for their values, and not allow themselves to be divided by pernicious cancel culture activism. Mr. Dowden’s remarks will be followed by a discussion with The Heritage Foundation’s Dr. Nile Gardiner, a former aide to Lady Thatcher.


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