The Jesse Helms Lecture Series highlights foreign policies that Senator Helms championed throughout his years in office. One of his highest priorities was ensuring that America had the resources and capabilities to defend its interests and those of our allies. Understandably, Senator Helms was an ardent supporter of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and instrumental in securing Senate approval for enlargement of the alliance to include the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. The world’s power structure is changing and new threats are emerging that require a strong and adaptable NATO alliance. Please join us as Ambassador Hutchison discusses her efforts to strengthen the essential and vital NATO alliance.

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If you knew that America as we know it were to end by July 4, 2026, what would you do? In America’s Expiration Date, author and longtime syndicated columnist Cal Thomas explores the validity of this possibility by analyzing the rise and fall of former empires and investigating the parallels to the United States. Drawing from a thorough understanding of history and an oftentimes prophetic ability to predict future national events, Thomas lays out what Americans need to understand about the current condition of our country and what they can do to prevent its dismantling.

With a humble sense of urgency, he summarizes America’s progression as a nation so far to highlight what could be coming should we fail to course correct before it’s too late. In this timely and compelling book, Thomas provides readers a road map to preserve the country they know and love, instilling hope for a better tomorrow.

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The Heritage Foundation will host a moderated discussion to launch the United States’ new Strategy for Central Asia (2019-2025). Deputy Assistant to the President Lisa Curtis will join Ambassador Alice Wells and Acting Assistant Administrator Gloria Steele for a public address and discussion on the administration’s priorities and future prospects for U.S. engagement in Central Asia. Remarks will outline how the United States will support the five countries’ efforts to improve regional security, bolster economic connectivity, and ensure sovereignty and independence across the region.

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On January 23, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released their widely anticipated final rule defining the term “waters of the United States.” This rule is the replacement for the repealed Obama Clean Water Rule. The definition of this term is critical because it determines what waters the EPA and Corps can regulate under the Clean Water Act. In the past, the agencies have struggled to develop a definition that passes legal muster, in large part because of their expansive interpretation of the law. This overreach has often undermined property rights and made it difficult for Americans to use their property for even ordinary activities, such as farming. How does the “Navigable Waters Protection Rule” define “waters of the United States”? Does it cover too many or too few waters and does it provide clarity for property owners? Does it respect the primary state role in addressing water pollution as envisioned by Congress? Join us as we carefully examine this new rule and get different perspectives on its potential impact.

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The biggest debates in American politics today—about how to end poverty, improve living standards for the middle class, protect the environment, and provide access to health care and education—are nothing new under the sun. These same issues divided the country in the 1960s. Then, as now, Americans debated socialism versus capitalism and public sector versus private-sector reform. Time and again, whether under John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, or Richard Nixon, the country chose the public sector. The result was the Great Society—a wave of massive reforms, implemented from the top-down by experts and bureaucrats. In her book, Great Society: A New History, Amity Shlaes details the results of the great society era were far from great; they were devastating. In a similar vein, Lindsey Burke illustrates the policy pitfalls of the Great Society in her book, The Not-So-Great Society.

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The situation in Afghanistan in 2020 is a far cry from what it was when the U.S. invaded in response to the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Still, any timeline for a U.S. troop withdrawal must be dictated by U.S. national interests and conditions on the ground, not an artificial political timetable. Any withdrawal that is driven by politics would be a grave strategic error. So, too, would be a bad deal with the Taliban, or one that does not directly involve the Afghan government. Any of these scenarios would have long-term negative consequences for the people of Afghanistan and for U.S. interests in the region.

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Lessons from Ancient Rome is a very relevant and timely lecture as the United States of America faces a decision point in 2020 about which direction to take the country. Reed relates Rome’s transformation and decline to current policy debates to help us make an historically informed decision about the ways in which we strain our Republic in its ability to preserve individual liberty.

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Is there such thing as “Christian” journalism? What would that look like? In this three-part work, editor in chief of World magazine Marvin Olasky (1) lays out foundational principles of journalism, explaining why and how journalism ought to be done, (2) addresses practical, nuts-and-bolts issues such as interviewing subjects, structuring news stories, and responding to complaints, and (3) closes with a historical overview of journalism in the United States. Throughout the book, he points to the example of Christian journalists in China, who courageously continue a nearly three-thousand year history of news reporting in the face of government pressures. You will learn how to be a more discerning reader of news as well as a competent citizen-reporter in your own community.

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The strategic balance in the Indo-Pacific is changing, but the fundamentals of national security are not. Countries and systems have rivals. Weakness will be exploited. President Trump’s instincts are good but strike many in the region as unorthodox. So, how does America continue to lead and how does the West continue to win while keeping the moral quality that’s made it great? Please join us to hear former Australian Prime Minister and Liberal Party leader Tony Abbott address this question and what the answer means for Australia, the Indo-Pacific, and the values the U.S. and Australia share.

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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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Impeachment is a remedy for serious misconduct by the President and other federal officials that renders them unfit for office. America’s Founders did not provide for impeachment as a partisan political weapon or as a response by Congress to a President’s policies with which they disagree. It is paramount that a presidential impeachment be fair, legitimate, and minimize partisanship.

On October 31, House Democrats passed House Resolution 660, to advance the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. What followed was a series of impeachment hearings throughout the last two months, culminating with an announcement by Democratic leadership on December 10 that the House will vote next week on whether to impeach President Donald Trump on two specific articles — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

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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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