The Heritage Foundation and the C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State at Antonin Scalia Law School will co-host an evening lecture, following our all-day law symposium, to continue the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court of the United States. We hope you can join for the livestream of this special address by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), as he reflects on the legacy of Justice Thomas thirty years into his service.

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The 2022 Index of U.S. Military Strength is The Heritage Foundation’s eighth annual assessment of the United States Armed Forces’ ability to provide for the common defense. This year’s assessment reflects that progress has been made in building up America’s military forces in some areas, but a great deal of work remains and there are storm clouds on the horizon as President Biden’s 2022 defense budget request proposed to underfund a number of key capabilities. This year’s Index provides a fresh, authoritative assessment of the U.S. military and updates on major threats to U.S. interests and the ability of allies to contribute to common security interests, along with a new chapter on Cyber and brand-new scoring for the U.S. Space Force.

This highly anticipated event will feature keynote remarks from Representative Mike Rogers, the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee. Representative Rogers is one of the leading voices in Congress for of a strong national defense, and brings a unique perspective on the challenges facing America’s military based on his experience in Congress.

The crisis on the Southern border continues to get worse. With a record number of aliens being apprehended and crossing the border, fentanyl and other illegal drugs pouring into the country, and the current administration’s seeming lack of interest in rectifying the situation it created, many are wondering what, if anything, can be done.

Given the federal government’s abdication of its duty to protect the nation’s sovereignty over its own borders, what actions can states take to meaningfully stem the tide of illegal immigration and its consequences? Join us for an in-depth discussion of these issues featuring former Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf; former Acting Deputy Secretary at DHS and former Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli; and Texas Deputy Attorney General Aaron Reitz, as they discuss what can be done to solve this crisis in an event moderated by Senior Legal Fellow Hans von Spakovsky.

In his newest book, The Bloody Price of Freedom, Richard D. Heideman traces Israel’s battle for justice, freedom and commitment to democratic values. In his endeavors as counsel to American victims of terror, President of the American Zionist Movement, and Chairman of the Israel Forever Foundation, Heideman has long been outspoken against the antisemitism pervasive within the United Nations. Notably, Heideman led the United States delegation in a walk-out twenty years ago of the UN Durban Conference on Racism, protesting its diplomatic warfare against America’s important ally Israel. Foreign Terror Organizations which attack Israel, commit heinous murder, and maim the innocent continue to shape the Durban Programme, including boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) targeting the world’s only Jewish state.

Join Elan Carr, Heritage Fellow and former State Department Envoy to Combat Antisemitism, as he interviews Heideman, regarding the Arab League’s hijacking of international diplomacy, the antisemitic BDS movement, of the breakthroughs of the Abraham Accords brokered by the Trump Administration, and America’s key role in promoting economic development between Israel and her neighbors.

The U.S. Coast Guard is a vital tool for national security, responsible for a wide range of missions supporting American security and prosperity in the maritime domain. From saving lives at sea and responding to natural disasters to arresting drug smugglers and protecting America’s resources, the Coast Guard operates across a wide spectrum of operations. However, it faces a number of challenges in the world today as the strategic environment grows more complex and it attempts to increase its readiness and modernize its ships, aircraft and infrastructure. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz will weigh in on these challenges and opportunities facing the Coast Guard today and how, with the support of Congress, it can continue to support America’s economic and national security interests going forward.

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Education policymakers and professionals won’t want to miss this important symposium as our panelists explore the philosophical, legal, and practical issues raised by New York’s yeshiva controversy and consider the broader implications for private and religious education.

Orthodox Jewish private schools, also known as yeshivas, have been under fire by critics alleging that some fail to provide a secular education that is “substantially similar” to that offered at traditional public schools. At the heart of this controversy lies a tension between two critically important interests in education that have implications far beyond the yeshiva world.

In America, an old theory is being given new life. “Equity” is being embraced wholesale by schools, corporate America, and the Biden Administration. It has infiltrated hiring, curriculum, admissions, trainings, and more. But “equity” is not the same thing as equality and delivers very different results. Rather than providing all individuals with equal opportunities to succeed, “equity” segregates individuals by race while driving a narrative of “oppressor” vs. “victim.” It calls for institutions to treat people unequally in order to achieve equal outcomes. Equity recklessly embraces legally prohibited classifications as a way to eliminate perceived differences in outcome, in violation of equal protection and federal law.

Join us for a panel discussion with four experts who are in the trenches challenging these harmful polices.

For what purposes should the United States be prepared to fight, and how should U.S. forces be readied to fight such wars? As the Biden administration prepares the next National Defense Strategy these are vitally important questions.

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Nicaragua has descended into political crisis as the socialist regime of President Daniel Ortega has arrested many presidential candidates and other opposition figures. Others have simply “gone missing.” Meanwhile, the Biden Administration has responded to this radical anti-democratic crackdown with utter silence.

In response to this situation, Heritage is proud to welcome Berta Valle and Vicky Cardenas, the wives of jailed opposition presidential candidates Felix Maradiaga and Juan Sebastian Chamorro. These courageous women will confront the brutal repression of the Ortega regime and offer constructive actions that the United States can take in response.

It has been over a year since the signing of the National Security Law in Hong Kong, effectively ending Hong Kong’s autonomy. While much of the focus has been on the diplomatic and political implications, there is very little analysis on the law’s impact on the business community in Hong Kong. Has the law impacted business operations? If so, how? To answer these questions and more, please join us for a debate between two eminent scholars: Hong Kong University Professor Y.C. Richard Wong, and Harvard University Senior Fellow and former Hong Kong Legislative Council Member Dennis Kwok.

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After twenty years of fighting, the Taliban recaptured much of Afghanistan after the withdrawal of American forces precipitated a collapse in the Afghan Government and security forces. As the Taliban advanced on Kabul, thousands of Afghan soldiers, commandos, and security forces fled to the Panjshir Valley—a center of resistance movements in the 1980s against the Soviets and the 1990s against the Taliban.

Led by Ahmad Shah Massoud Jr., the son of the famed Lion of Panjshir who led anti-Soviet and anti-Taliban from the same valleys and mountains, the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF) was created. Panjshir remains the only province in Afghanistan not fully under the control of the Taliban.

Recently, Americans have seen the real-world ramifications of cyber-attacks. Just this year, we have seen a major oil and gas artery be shut down on the East Coast causing short-term fear and price surges, shutdowns at major meat-processing plants, and a tampering of a water treatment facility in Florida. Global cyber ransomware, espionage, and targeted attacks could lead to an expansion of attacks on critical infrastructure, U.S. national security, and economic targets.

Policymakers have sprung into action in recent years. There are lines of effort to address the persistent and ever-growing threat and economic damage of ransomware attacks to the security of the government’s own systems and communications. The complexities of cybersecurity require a relationship between the private sector and the government but that has proven challenging. Join a timely conversation with former Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and former Commander, U.S. Cyber Command, Adm. Michael S. Rogers, USN (Ret.), on where the United States goes from here on cyber and what must be done to secure both the strategic and the tactical high ground in the future of modern warfare.

The 20th anniversary of 9/11, the largest terrorist attack on American soil, is upon us. The Biden Administration and the left are more concerned with white supremacists and COVID restriction conspiracy theorists than foreign terrorists or even destructive domestic groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter.

DHS’ latest National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin prioritizes domestic terrorists, racially-or-ethnically-motivated violent extremists, and anti-government/anti-authority violent extremists as the leading threats to our homeland. Learn about FBI’s role in investigating domestic terrorism, DHS’ proper role in fighting terrorism, how DHS has taken its eye off the ball, and how it can course correct to protect Americans.

As the world watched Afghanistan fall to the Taliban in a matter of weeks, one point was clear: the lives of Afghan women and girls would forever be changed.

Over the last twenty years, women and girls made tremendous gains by going to school, holding political office, and entering the working world. Hard-won freedoms became a part of everyday life, and Afghan women were actively enjoying them.

Today’s youth are wondering why America has a president—and it’s a good question! In fact, every generation since the American Founding has had to answer it.

At the dawn of the republic, Federalists favored the idea of a presidency, while Anti-Federalists expressed concern about tyranny of the executive. Those groups reached a compromise that satisfied both, but the debate over the scope and role of a changing presidency continues to this day.

In recent weeks, Americans have watched in horror as the Taliban overran Afghanistan. The scenes from Kabul have alarmed the nation, and the Biden Administration has denied responsibility while allowing the crisis to spiral out of control. In the midst of the chaos, decision makers must be clear about how these events came about, how they will impact U.S. national security, and what America’s options are for securing its interests moving forward.

Policy professionals won’t want to miss this 30-minute Policy Pulse as Heritage’s leading foreign policy minds respond to the fall of Afghanistan and break down the critical steps that must be taken in the aftermath.

2021 marks the 40th anniversary of President Reagan’s landmark signing of the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981. These tax cuts unleashed American prosperity and re-invigorated a struggling economy. Four decades on, the nation faces increasing calls to return to a 1970s-style high-tax economy, making it more important than ever to remember why the Reagan Tax Cuts were so critical.

Join Heritage and the Committee to Unleash Prosperity for an all-star panel celebrating the impact of the Reagan tax cuts and discussing how to continue to invigorate our economy into the 2020s.

President Biden has ordered the Centers for Disease Control to extend a national moratorium on evictions until October 3, despite a strong signal from the Supreme Court that the moratorium was unlawful. The original CDC moratorium was legally and constitutionally problematic, and this new order doubles down by flying in the face of America’s highest court. Meanwhile, the economic ripple effects of these policies could prove harmful for landlords and tenants alike.

Legislative, legal, and domestic policy professionals won’t want to miss the important Policy Pulse discussion with Heritage economic expert Joel Griffith and legal scholar GianCarlo Canaparo on the legal implications and real-world consequences of these unlawful orders.

Drone technology has exploded over the last two decades. Large armed drones like the MQ-9 are well known and have wreaked havoc on terrorists since 9/11 but the small, hunter-killer drones employed in the Armenian/Azerbaijani war have proven to be game changers in force-on-force engagements. Join one of the world’s leading experts, Seth Frantzman, as he illuminates the future of these incredibly lethal systems.

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In the face of a rising China, it has never been more important for the United States to have a strong force posture in the Indo-Pacific. Last year, Congress established The Pacific Defense Initiative (PDI) to consolidate and rebalance investments that enhance deterrence. This year’s budget continues funding the PDI, but largely misses the mark on key priorities. In addition, while current and previous commanders of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command have emphasized the need for advanced defense of Guam as part of the PDI, development of such a system has been too long deferred.

As Congress approaches the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, policy professionals won’t want to miss this 30-minute Policy Pulse discussion breaking down the Pacific Defense Initiative and why defense of Guam is critical.