The Biden Administration wants to dramatically overhaul America’s health care, putting the government even more in charge of personal decisions. Conservatives must do more than oppose the President’s leftist agenda—they must advance policies that will actually lower health care costs and improve coverage choices. The good news is that there is a growing coalition offering bold reforms that have resulted in better care for all.

Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), head of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), has become a strong leader on this issue, calling on conservatives to focus on health care reform, which starts with learning from past failures and successes. Join the Heritage Foundation for a discussion with Rep. Banks and a panel of experts, who will detail how to improve health care for all Americans by unleashing innovation, increasing transparency, and empowering doctors and patients over bureaucrats.

For the first time since the end of the Cold War, rising authoritarian powers are unapologetically attempting to undermine the international order and challenge the American way of life. To confront this threat, the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) must undergo the biggest transformation since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.

We face geopolitical upheaval around the globe, and “hybrid warfare” enabled by widespread disinformation campaigns are on the rise. Furthermore, America’s enemies are leveraging rapidly-evolving technological capabilities, including cyber warfare, on par with the U.S.

The Pacific Islands are an important area of cooperation for the United States and Taiwan, as both have major interests at stake in the region.

For the U.S., the Pacific Islands are critical to the Indo-Pacific strategy and its status as a resident power in the Western Pacific. Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa are all part of the United States. Furthermore, the U.S. has maintained close political, economic and especially security relationships with Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and Palau under the Compacts of Free Association.

American small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. These entrepreneurs are responsible for two-thirds of all new job creation and employ over 60 million Americans. Many small business owners are asking if the Biden Administration will turn back Trump’s specific economic policies that directly led to lower unemployment rates for Blacks and Hispanics.

Join us for a fireside chat with Kevin Hassett, Trump’s Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, to hear the facts about specific policies that created an economic boom for the minority community!

First Principles Townhall: Parents Bringing Civics to the Public Square

America is experiencing a cultural crisis, and parents across the country have asked us how to pass the American legacy to the next generation in a culture increasingly hostile to American identity. The Heritage Foundation’s First Principles Townhall will speak into this moment, offering participants the educational tools to give their children an honest understanding of our history: to help them appreciate America’s political and cultural achievements, as well as our debt to the classical-Christian tradition.

The radicalism of the Iranian regime has destabilized the Middle East since 1979. Three generations of the Kim dynasty have taunted every president since Truman. However, neither have presented as dangerous a threat to the United States and its allies as they do today. As North Korea continues to test and improve weapons, the Iranians may be rebooting their nuclear program. Hear about the state of these threats, and what we can do to confront them.

Back to Reagan’s Future: The Importance of Nuclear Deterrence and Missile Defense for an Uncertain World 

As the Chinese Navy has rapidly grown, so too has its Coast Guard and Maritime Militia. This places added stress on the U.S. Navy to uphold a rules-based order, while our regional partners struggle to secure their own waters.

Last November, the Secretary of the Navy sought to address this by resurrecting the defunct First Fleet and basing it at the crossroads of the Indo-Pacific. One would be forgiven in assuming the idea passed with the outgoing administration, but the facts on the ocean have made the idea a continuing priority. The Biden Administration’s recently-released interim national security strategic guidance makes a strong case for enhancing existing alliances and seeking new partners in the contest with China, and the Commander of the Pacific Fleet recently acknowledged an ongoing review of the idea.

Described as the ‘largest and most sophisticated attack ever,’ the hacking of SolarWinds Inc. shocked the cybersecurity world and led to a massive compromise of networks owned by the U.S. government and Fortune 500 companies.

After breaching SolarWinds, a top tier technology company, the hackers used their access to infiltrate its many clients. The list of exposed organizations included the Department of Defense, Department of the Treasury, Department of Justice, and many others. The most likely culprit is a hacking organization affiliated with the Russian military, often referred to as “Cozy Bear.”

In the early 20th century, the federal government engaged in housing “redlining”—a practice that conditioned access to federally backed home loans on the perceived economic health of a neighborhood and used demographic factors such as race in those decisions. Today, underperforming public schools are too often located in the areas “redlined” by government agencies in the 20th century. Yet local government policies largely maintain attendance zone boundaries and residential assignment, relegating students with few means to whatever public school is on their side of the street.

Understanding the history of government-sanctioned redlining in the housing sector demonstrates a major problem with continuing to tie housing to schooling. This arrangement is an historical relic that impedes opportunity, limits choice, and prevents parents from selecting a school that best fits their child. There is, however, a clear policy remedy. Join us for a conversation about this history and specific remedies for addressing the lingering effects of housing redlining on education.

When the Cold War ended, many thought that democracy had triumphed over authoritarianism. However, today’s Russia and China are both attempting to undermine U.S. values and leadership and install a new world order based on autocratic values. Nuclear weapons will serve as a central feature in this struggle, presenting the urgent need to ensure America’s own nuclear deterrence remains safe, secure, and reliable. Hear about this threat and what America must do to preserve peace.

 

With the idea of “Democratic Socialism” becoming increasingly popular, many people question if young Americans will choose government control or individual freedom. Unfortunately, Socialism and its command-and-control economics have led many countries into a cycle of poverty and repression.

Jorge Andrés Galicia Rodríguez and Andrés Guilarte are two university students who lived in Venezuela under a democratically elected socialist regime, massive blackouts, and political persecution. The increase of government social programs, the nationalization of the country’s oil industry, and corruption at the highest levels of government all contributed to a once prosperous nation’s economic collapse. Throughout its history, as Dr. Lee Edwards, Distinguished Fellow of Conservative Thought writes, Socialism has supported the belief that the system can make better decisions for the people than they can for themselves.

The Czech Republic is often employed as a testing ground for Russian influence operations, many of which are later implemented against other NATO countries if successful. Hence, if one wants to understand Russia’s methods and operations, the Czech security environment provides an invaluable source of information.

U.S.-Czech missile defense cooperation provides a great example of one such disinformation campaign. In that case the Czech Republic was targeted by Russian active measures, along with an influence campaign that contributed to a large portion of the Czech public ultimately opposing the idea of hosting a U.S. radar on Czech soil. These distinguished experts will pull back the curtain on just how Russia advanced its goals in the Czech Republic using original, never-before published research, and how the U.S. and NATO can work together prevent this from happening again.

The border security built by the Trump Administration has been swiftly torn down by the Biden Administration. From stopping border wall construction to ending the Remain in Mexico Program, tearing up the Asylum Cooperative Agreements with Central American countries, and promising amnesty and family unification in the U.S., the Biden Administration has opened our southern border.

At the same time, President Biden has restricted the vast majority of ICE’s authority to remove deportable aliens. To our country’s detriment, we are seeing record numbers of illegal aliens, particularly unaccompanied alien children, at our southwest border, and our government is quickly processing and releasing them into the U.S.

In order to launch an assault on the British monarchy, the American radical Left has seized upon the claims from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, that the Royal Family created a hostile, racist environment for the couple. Britain’s constitutional monarchy—among the most powerful conservative institutions on the world stage—represents everything the radical Left despises: tradition, authority, hierarchy, patriotism, and the political and religious ideals of Western Civilization.

Our panel of British leaders and experts will explain what this cultural moment means for both America and Great Britain and why the Left’s attacks will fail. Please join the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom and Simon Center for American Studies for an insightful discussion about defending conservative institutions and uniting to preserve the special UK-US Relationship.

Most of America’s nuclear forces are decades old and urgently need to be replaced. President Obama embarked on a major effort to modernize the nation’s nuclear enterprise, which made significant progress under the Trump administration. Nevertheless, serious challenges remain. Defense budgets are expected to tighten under the Biden administration, which is also facing renewed calls from outside groups to drastically reduce our nuclear forces or change our overall deterrence posture. Meanwhile, our adversaries are only increasing their nuclear capabilities.

With the entrance of a new administration and new Congress, the future of nuclear modernization is at a pivotal moment. Senator Deb Fischer, the Ranking Member of the Senate’s Strategic Forces Subcommittee, is one of the most important voices on this topic. On March 22, she joins Heritage nuclear deterrence analyst Patty-Jane Geller to discuss the challenges and opportunities in this critical national security issue-area.

Last summer’s civil unrest sought to mainstream the idea that the criminal justice system is “systemically racist” and that the police ought to be defunded. While activists believe that their sloganeering is pushing society in a better direction, there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that their efforts have serious unintended consequences. An inordinate level of hostility towards police officers discourages proactive policing which, in turn, allows violent crimes to victimize the innocent. The phenomenon of cities with disengaged officers and higher levels of serious violent crimes has come to be called the “Minneapolis Effect.” Join us for a discussion with two scholars who have recently illuminated this criminological trend with rigorous empirical work.


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Last year, a remarkable months-long display of U.S. maritime power occurred in the South China Sea. Given President Biden’s recent announcement of a special task force to formulate a new military approach to China, it is important to discuss what happened and why a sustained naval presence in the South China Sea bolsters the rules-based international order.

Late last April, the USS Gabrielle Giffords was patrolling in the vicinity of the Panamanian-flagged vessel West Capella, which was being shadowed by Chinese vessels as it conducted deep-water surveys in Malaysia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which China claims for itself despite being hundreds of miles from the Chinese mainland. Operational tempo built up to include Air Force bombers in May and culminated in July with sustained dual aircraft carrier South China Sea operations: a first since 2012.

In the wake of COVID-19, economic freedom is at risk in the United States and around the world. Governments that try to spend or regulate their way back to prosperity are doomed to failure. Join us for the release of the 27th Edition of the Index of Economic Freedom and a discussion of policies proven to have a positive impact on economic growth, health, education, and protection of the environment. As countries struggle to regain positive momentum in the fight against poverty, economic freedom is the essential ingredient.

 

People driving under the influence of drugs has been a major problem in America for decades, with alcohol being the most common drug used. The recent opioid-abuse epidemic, along with the decision by a large number of states to legalize cannabis for medical or recreational use, has made the problem of driving under the influence of drugs even more urgent. To save lives, the issue must be understood and addressed. Join us for a discussion with four former White House “Drug Czars” on the importance of this problem, potential new challenges as more states legalize cannabis and more individuals engage in polydrug use, and how the federal government and states should respond.

 

Children are America’s most precious resource, but President Biden’s recent executive order politicizes K-12 education and healthcare with destructive gender ideology.

This ideology endangers children’s minds, bodies, and relationships with their parents—and the Equality Act would cement it into law. Parents and lawmakers across the country are joining together to make a promise to America’s children to always put their health, safety, and privacy before the ideological or partisan concerns of adults. Please join us for this critical discussion.