The U.S. government has historically devoted significant resources to combatting human trafficking. This global challenge poses such significant threats to security and human rights that many actors in the U.S. government are compelled to respond. This is why the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is releasing its first Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking, the Importation of Goods Produced with Forced Labor, and Child Sexual Exploitation. The strategy focuses on preventing these exploitative crimes, protecting victims, investigation and prosecuting perpetrators, partnering with the homeland security enterprise, and the enabling the Department of Homeland Security through organizational improvements to combat these illicit activities. Please join us at The Heritage Foundation for a conversation with the Secretary to discuss DHS’s role in combatting human trafficking.

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On January 11, Taiwan held its seventh consecutive election for President and ninth national election for its Legislative Yuan. It is an event certain to have an impact on its security and prosperity, its role in the world, on US-Taiwan relations, and cross-straits relations. Please join The Heritage Foundation and Global Taiwan Institute to assess the election results.

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Following years of deficit spending, in his first year in office and facing a $1.6 billion fiscal gap, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy proposed a budget that aligned expenditures with revenues. In his address at The Heritage Foundation, he will be discussing transparency in budgeting, budget discipline in a state that has a difficult fiscal landscape, as well as the wealth of opportunities that the state of Alaska can provide for the nation.

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When politicians, academics, and commentators today talk about “nationalism” in the American context, what do they mean? Nationalism has a long history that must be fully understood before it is adopted as a banner around which to rally the American cause. The idea of nationalism, especially in the 20th century, has been associated with causes diametrically opposed to the civic, cultural and creedal patriotism of Americanism. That American creed stressed the bottoms-up sovereignty of the people, not of a top-heavy nation-state. Although surely advocates of a new nationalism for America do not wish to embrace the worst aspects of the historical nationalism, why would they wish to embark on a path that forces Americans to explain the differences? Why would they wish to diminish the universal claims of natural liberty that made America exceptional and different from all other countries?

Please join our panel of experts for a discussion on this important trend in public discourse, how to think about the use of the term “nationalism”, and why it matters.

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Since the mid-20th century, American constitutional law has been dominated by a controversial method of constitutional analysis known as the tiers of scrutiny—strict scrutiny, intermediate scrutiny, and rational-basis review—positioning the Court to distinguish between protected and unprotected classes, and between strongly and weakly protected rights.

What were the origins of this method of constitutional analysis? Are the tiers of scrutiny grounded in the original meaning of the Constitution? How have they shaped American Constitutional law? Should the framework be abandoned? What should take its place? Join us for a balanced discussion, as we answers these questions and more, on this important and timely topic.

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The United States and Switzerland have a long history of dynamic economic collaboration that has enhanced prosperity in both countries. The two nations enjoy rules-based and productivity-enhancing competition. The economic ties between the U.S. and Switzerland offer a practical example of the value of international trade and investment in creating and sustaining prosperity. The two like-minded countries could accomplish even more with a mutually beneficial free trade agreement. Now is the time to explore the possibilities for taking the U.S.–Swiss economic partnership to the next level with a free trade deal.

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Tibet is often a testing ground for the Chinese government to experiment with new forms of repression. The surveillance and heavy police state that is now spreading across China largely originated in Tibet and it was one of the first places where authoritarian tactics were practiced and refined. Given China’s rise and its increasing practice of exporting authoritarian tactics around the globe, the international community should pay close attention to what happens in Tibet. Join us for an update from Central Tibetan Administration’s President, Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay on the current state-of-play in Tibet and stay for a panel discussion examining how Tibet fits into broader U.S. strategy toward China.

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The decline of institutional religion has made the United States a less Christian country without necessarily making it a more secular one. Ross Douthat will analyze the causes of traditional Christianity’s ebb, discuss the various theological worldviews currently competing to claim the religious center, and sketch out scenarios for our religious future—from Christian revival to secularization to the pantheistic destiny that Tocqueville once foretold.

Douthat, who in 2009 became the youngest op-ed columnist in the history of the New York Times, is widely acclaimed for his commentary on politics, religion, and culture. He is the author of four books, including Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics (2012) and To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism (2018). His new book, The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success, will be published in February by Simon & Schuster.

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Confederate memorials toppled … Columbus statues attacked with red paint.

They started with slave-owning Confederate generals, but they’re not stopping there.

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Born in Cuba, Lala Mooney is one of 14 children of Manuel & Eloisa Suarez. She was put in prison in 1961 by Fidel Castro’s government, together with her father and two sisters. After two months, the family managed to be released from prison, and they came to the U.S. Lala Mooney is the mother of Congressman Alex X. Mooney, representing District 2 of West Virginia.

Lala will speak at CWN about her new book Leaving Cuba: One Family’s Journey to Freedom. Autographed copies of the book will be available at the event.

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Constitutional law is often viewed as a dense and technical area of study. Well no longer! Randy Barnett and Josh Blackman have created a new way to study the Supreme Court that is accessible to anyone that is trying learn more about constitutional law, but it is an especially great resource for students. An Introduction to Constitutional Law teaches the narrative of constitutional law as it has developed over the past two centuries.

All students, even those unfamiliar with American history, will learn the essential background information to grasp how this body of law has come to be what it is today. An online library of enriching videos that utilize photographs, maps, and audio from the Supreme Court bring these important decisions to life. This book and videos can be used by students to prepare for class or lectures, as study material, and come exam time, students can watch the entire canon of constitutional law in twelve hours.

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Recent years have witnessed new patterns of cooperation among India, Israel, and the U.S., three key democracies that face common threats from Islamist terrorism and share common values. While Israel and the U.S. have enjoyed a steadfast partnership stretching back many decades, over the past 15 years India and the U.S. have developed an increasingly robust strategic partnership. Similarly, after decades of relative disassociation, India and Israel have begun elevating bilateral ties in a more public manner, culminating in a landmark visit to Israel by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2017. As Heritage hosts a Track II trilateral dialogue with India’s Vivekenanda International Foundation and Israel’s Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, please join a distinguished panel of experts from all three countries to discuss shared challenges and future opportunities for trilateral cooperation among India, Israel, and the United States.

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More than two years have passed since the horrific events of August 2017, when mass atrocities against the Rohingya caused more than 700,000 to flee their homes in Burma. Today, the Rohingya and other minority communities in Burma continue to face severe persecution at the hands of the Burmese military. The Burmese military’s economic interests are vast and growing, and new UN reports reveal the extent to which the military enriches itself by committing human rights violations and atrocities. Please join us for a discussion on what the U.S. government can and should do next to hold the Burmese military accountable.

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How can policy, law, and practice better support the needs of children and families caught up in the web of foster care and adoption? Join us for a National Adoption Month conversation about how best to protect religious freedom, develop and encourage best practices, and support those families and agencies who do the lifesaving work of saving children’s lives and helping them flourish in oftentimes harsh situations as public-policy and civil-society priorities. This is an issue at the heart of our humanity and culture and we seek to educate, support, and challenge.

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From Portland to Washington D.C., a far-left revolutionary movement calling itself “Antifa” has organized mass violence on the streets of major American cities. Infamous for dressing head-to-toe in black, Antifa militants organize to destroy property, beat people, and intimidate their opposition into silence—all in the name of fighting “fascism.” Despite its well-documented track record of violence, Antifa still finds support on the Left and its leaders continue to skirt justice.

Andy Ngo is a Portland-based journalist who is known for his reporting on Antifa. He has been published in the Wall Street Journal, National Review and the New York Post and he formerly served on the editorial team of Quillette magazine. In June, Ngo survived a mob beating by Antifa in Portland.

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The Electoral College is under threat. Fifteen states, joined by the District of Columbia, have entered into an interstate compact and pledged to hand their delegates to the presidential candidate who wins the most votes nationwide instead of the candidate who wins in their state. If states with another combined 78 Electoral College delegates join, the compact will be go into effect and may be able to swing the next election. This panel will discuss whether this compact is constitutional, as well as the Framers’ rationale for the Electoral College, its continuing value, and what must be done to preserve it.

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Many Americans have been taught a distorted, inaccurate account of our nation’s founding, one that claims that the founders were deists who desired the strict separation of church and state and that the country’s founding political ideas developed without reference to Christianity. In this revelatory, rigorously argued new book, Mark David Hall thoroughly debunks that modern myth and shows instead that the founders’ political ideas were profoundly influenced by their Christian convictions.

Drawing from hundreds of personal letters, public proclamations, early state constitutions and laws, and other original documents, Professor Hall makes the airtight case that America’s founders were not deists; that they did not create a “godless” Constitution; that even Jefferson and Madison did not want a high wall separating church and state; that most founders believed the government should encourage Christianity; and that they embraced a robust understanding of religious liberty for biblical and theological reasons. In addition, Hall explains why and how the founders’ views are absolutely relevant today.

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In his new book, Age of Iron, leading authority on Republican foreign policy, Colin Dueck, describes the shifting coalitions over the past century among foreign policy factions within the Republican Party and shows how President Trump upended them starting in 2015-16. Professor Dueck offers a balanced summary and assessment of Trump’s foreign policy approach, analyzing its strengths and weaknesses. He also describes the current interaction of conservative public opinion and presidential foreign policy leadership in the broader context of political populism. Finally, he makes the case for a forward-leaning realism, based upon the understanding that the U.S. is entering a protracted period of geopolitical competition with other major powers. The result is a book that captures the past, present, and, possibly, future of foreign policy in the United States.

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A discussion with Indian Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar at The Heritage Foundation on October 2.

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On September 18 and 19, 2019, The Heritage Foundation partnered with the prominent independent Indian think tank, the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) to host a two-day event at Heritage entitled India on the Hill: Charting a Future for Indo-U.S. Relations.

By 2030, India and the US will rank amongst the largest democratic economies in the world—a development that will further elevate the importance of this relationship for international peace and stability. India and the US already share a preference for a free, open and liberal international system — values that underpin cooperation on a wide range of issues—ranging from Indo-Pacific security to counter-terrorism and defense collaboration. Nevertheless, the two countries also confront differences on trade, technology, and India’s extant energy and security relationships that must be resolved. “India on the Hill” attempts to support this rapidly maturing bilateral partnership by untangling existing differences and advancing shared strategic interests.

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