Over the last the several weeks, activity on Venezuela has significantly picked up pace. The U.S. Department of Justice indicted Nicolas Maduro and 14 members of his regime on charges of narco-terrorism, presented a proposal for a transition government, and deployed the largest amount of counter-narcotics assets to the East-Pacific and Caribbean in recent history. The recent arrival of COVID-19 to Venezuela is poised to overwhelm Venezuela’s health system, already devastated by years of Maduro’s corruption. Since the outbreak began, Maduro has imprisoned whistleblowers, medical professionals, and opposition law makers. The regime has also continued sending free oil and medical supplies to Cuba, politicizing healthcare over protecting vulnerable Venezuelans. Please join The Heritage Foundation for a conversation with Deputy Assistant Secretary Carrie Filipetti to unpack these recent developments and policy initiatives.
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The coronavirus pandemic is imposing major challenges for all Americans. One of the most basic concerns is whether we will have food to eat as we weather the storm. Some empty grocery store shelves only heighten the concern. But this is an inventory problem, not a food supply problem. According to the FDA there are no nationwide food shortages. There are many industries and people across the food supply chain making it possible for Americans to get the food they need. What is the status of the current food supply chain and what are some of the challenges that are being experienced? What are some key facts that all Americans need to know? Join us as we hear from experts throughout the food supply chain about the latest from the food front lines.
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In the midst of uncertainty, leaders have a responsibility to communicate and an opportunity to influence actions, behaviors, and the outcomes of many situations. Whether you are an official at the highest levels of government, an executive in the private sector, or the leader of a non-profit organization, the same principles of crisis communication apply. Drawing on personal experiences during past national security crises, our panelists will share timeless lessons that you can use when you’re under pressure—which is often when your messages matter most.


The COVID-19 global pandemic has led to unprecedented changes in our daily lives, not least of which is the mass closure of colleges, universities, and K-12 schools across the country. As of March 20th, more than 121,000 public and private schools across the country had been closed in 46 states, affecting an estimated 55 million students. This presents a unique challenge to families who worry about the health and safety of their children but who also find themselves homeschooling on short order or working with schools and online resources to meet the needs of students.

Join us for a virtual conversation with healthcare, national security and education experts to learn what makes the coronavirus different from the flu, steps you can take to ensure the health and safety of your children, steps being taken by the government in partnership with private industry to ameliorate the impact of this pandemic on the nation, and information on education curriculum and content resources to help families with their children’s education during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Defense Production Act (DPA), passed in 1950 during the Korean War, replaced similar federal statutes that were used during World War II to give the President the authority to obligate select American companies to help produce critical items for national defense. Over the decades, Congress has reauthorized the DPA, and has expanded the definition of “national defense,” to include natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other national emergencies. Most Presidents since 1950 have used the DPA. President Trump recently issued an Executive Order invoking the DPA to require General Motors to produce ventilators, and further use of the DPA in this crisis is likely. Join us as we discuss the origins of the DPA, how it works, what it allows the President to order, and how it can be used to fight COVID-19.
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During the pandemic, schools are scrambling to move instruction online. Charter schools are ahead of the curve in this effort because some offer full or part-time virtual teaching already. This event will demonstrate how schools of choice are leading the way in offering instruction online, with state agencies turning to virtual charter schools for guidance in some places.

No two students or schools are identical, so our event features charter school leaders who have worked with schools in urban and rural areas to give educators across the country ideas for how to navigate online learning in the next few weeks or even months.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented mass closures of K-12 schools across the country. As of March 20th, more than 121,000 public and private schools across the country had been closed in 46 states affecting an estimated 55 million students. Families across the country find themselves homeschooling on short order, and schools are working to move teaching online as quickly as possible to meet the needs of students.


The threat to free enterprise is alive and well on the left, but in addition, center-right skeptics have emerged who view capitalism as the cause of social, familial, and economic decay. In pushing back against these critics, Senator Toomey will make both the empirical and philosophical case for why capitalism produces the best conditions for the largest number of people.

The world is awash in security challenges. China’s rapid militarization; Russia’s attempts to intimidate NATO, at large, and the Baltic States, in particular, and its propping-up the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria; Iran’s consistent support to terrorist groups across the Middle East, sustained development of missile technologies now able to reach Europe, and use of nuclear blackmail to force Europe’s hand in supporting its nuclear ambitions; Nicolas Maduro’s death grip on Venezuela that threatens the complete collapse of the country and the spillover of instability into neighboring states in South and Central America; large swathes of Africa beset by violent Islamist radical groups…the list is long. The role of the President’s National Security Advisor, in part, is to coordinate the activities of the vast array of agencies that support understanding and responding to such a world. Leading the work of the National Security Council, and serving as the ‘honest broker’ for intelligence estimates and policy recommendations to the President, Robert O’Brien, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, must determine how best to ensure all relevant offices across the Executive Branch support the President’s efforts to ensure America’s security interests are addressed.


America is currently experiencing one of its most significant eras of economic expansion, and we know that full participation by women in the global economy is a large part of this success story. Women entrepreneurs promote stronger and healthier economies that advance economic freedom, leading to more prosperous and more stable societies overall.

As part of our diplomatic footprint, the U.S. Department of State created Providing Opportunities for Women’s Economic Rise or “POWER.” This initiative connects American business women and entrepreneurs with counterparts overseas through programs developed by our embassies and consulates all over the world.

The Heritage Foundation and The Gloucester Institute present the 3rd Annual Jay A. Parker Lecture and Reception in honor of Jay A. Parker, founding father of the emerging black conservative movement. Come engage with prominent leaders about the dangerous decline in civil discourse and salute emerging leaders who are making significant contributions to our nation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.