America’s Founders understood the press as both a necessary component of republican government and a potential threat to political liberty. They counted on libel laws to restrain the press’s natural excesses. But the Supreme Court dramatically changed the nature of libel law in its landmark 1964 decision, New York Times v. Sullivan. How has this ruling changed the character of America’s press, and what have been long term consequences of this ruling? Should this decision be revisited? Please join us as our panel of experts consider whether stronger libel laws against the press should be revived.

The U.S. Marine Corps stands on the brink of revolutionary change, driven by General David H. Berger, 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps. Just six days after taking office this summer, General Berger issued his Commandant’s Planning Guidance, in which he made a bold break from long-held imperatives that have driven the Corps’ organizing, acquisition, doctrinal, and training efforts for a half-century. Agreeing with his predecessor’s assessment that “The Marine Corps is not organized, trained, equipped, or postured” for the future, General Berger has laid out an audacious plan to reorient the Corps and design a force to meet the demands of Great Power Competition and future war.

Join us for an in-depth conversation with the Commandant, in his first presentation for the general public, to gain greater insight into why he believes such dramatic change is needed, his orientation of the Corps to the Indo-Pacific, how the service plans to move forward, and what it implies not only for the Marines, but also for the U.S. Navy, the defense industrial base, and the ability of operational commanders to meet rapidly evolving future threats. Reception to follow.

When Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980, limits on NASA funding and the lack of direction under the Nixon and Carter administrations had left the U.S. space program at a crossroads. In contrast to his predecessors, Reagan saw outer space as humanity’s final frontier and as an opportunity for global leadership. His optimism and belief in American exceptionalism guided a decade of U.S. activities in space, including bringing the space shuttle into operation, dealing with the 1986 Challenger accident and its aftermath, committing to a permanently crewed space station, encouraging private sector space efforts, and fostering international space partnerships with both U.S. allies and with the Soviet Union.

Drawing from a trove of declassified primary source materials and oral history interviews, John M. Logsdon provides the first comprehensive account of Reagan’s civilian and commercial space policies during his eight years in the White House. Even as a fiscal conservative who was hesitant to increase NASA’s budget, Reagan’s enthusiasm for the space program made him perhaps the most pro-space president in American history.

Public diplomacy in the era of President Trump has been a subject of much conjecture. It has focused, to a great extent, on the president’s promise to “Make America Great Again” and how that idea is received around the world. Yet, little factual information has come out about the significant changes in Public Diplomacy’s place within the Department of State. Under Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, streamlining and reorganization has been taking place. Most notably, State’s Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Bureaus have merged to form a Bureau of Global Public Affairs, whose mission is simultaneously to “serve the American people by effectively communicating U.S. foreign policy priorities and the importance of diplomacy to American audiences, and engaging foreign publics to enhance their understanding of and support for the values and policies of the United States.” Furthermore, some priorities have shifted to align priorities with President Trump’s National Security Strategy. In order to examine and analyze these changes, The Heritage Foundation will host a discussion with some of the key players in the Trump Administration’s Public Diplomacy work.

The Supreme Court returns October 7th for its 2019-2020 Term, and the justices will tackle of number of important issues. The Court will consider cases involving an Obamacare “bait and switch” on insurance companies in Moda Health Plan, Inc. v. United States and the Trump administration’s attempt to roll back the DACA program for Dreamers in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California. Also coming up are cases looking at whether the federal ban on sex-based discrimination in employment extends to sexual orientation and gender identity in a trio of cases, whether states can bar religious schools from a student-aid program in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, and the first major Second Amendment case in nearly a decade in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York. In addition to these and many others, what other cases might the justices add to their calendar? Join us as two distinguished Supreme Court advocates discuss what is likely to unfold at the Supreme Court next term.

The genius of Western civilization is its unique synthesis of reason and faith. But today that synthesis is under attack—from the East by radical Islam (faith without reason) and from within the West itself by aggressive secularism (reason without faith). The stakes are incalculably high.

We can all see that faith without reason is benighted at best, fanatical and violent at worst. But too many forget that reason, stripped of faith, is subject to its own pathologies. A supposedly autonomous reason easily sinks into fanaticism, stifling dissent as bigoted and irrational and devouring the humane civilization fostered by the integration of reason and faith. The blood-soaked history of the twentieth century attests to the totalitarian forces unleashed by corrupted reason.

The Heritage Foundation is honored to host Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) for our signature event on U.S. policy in the Indo-Pacific. Heritage’s annual B.C. Lee Lecture on international affairs was endowed by the Samsung Group in honor of its founder, the late B.C. Lee, to focus on the U.S. relationship with the Indo-Pacific. Senator Sullivan continues the B.C. Lee tradition of speakers representing leading voices in America’s Asia policy. Previous lectures have been delivered by Henry Kissinger, Jesse Helms, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Joseph Lieberman, Ed Royce, Robert Zoellick, John McCain, and many others. We look forward to hearing Senator Sullivan’s views on Indo-Pacific policy in what is a very challenging time for American interests. Please join us for another enlightening event in this series.

Vice President Pence discusses the way forward on President Trump’s trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.

Undermining the courts’ independence was among the actions by King George III that was cited to justify America’s separation from Great Britain. Alexander Hamilton wrote that an independent judiciary is “peculiarly essential” for our system of government. In 1937, a heavily Democratic Congress rejected President Franklin Roosevelt’s plan to restructure the judiciary in response to “reactionary” decisions. An independent judiciary has helped to safeguard liberty in our country, while remaining illusory in other countries. Yet today, certain political forces threaten to “pack” the Supreme Court or “restructure” the judiciary in response to what they call “politicized” decisions. These threats are becoming more direct, even finding their way into legal briefs filed with the very courts from which change is demanded. This event will focus on the meaning and importance of judicial independence and current threats to what the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist called one of the “crown jewels” of our system of government.

As highlighted in a recent Heritage Foundation paper, Chinese influence in the international system has been rising for over a decade and there is growing bi-partisan concern about how that influence will affect U.S. interests. China seeks to use its expanding influence within the U.N., not because it supports the founding principles of the U.N., but in order to shift the values, programs, and policies of the U.N. in ways that benefit Chinese priorities and ideology. This shift would harm U.S. interests and undermine the system of values and practices established in the postwar era. The U.S. cannot reverse this trend entirely, but it must take strategic steps to ensure that Chinese influence is reasonably contained and its leadership is restricted and channeled in the U.N. and other international organizations in ways that do not directly undermine U.S. interests. Please join us as the panelists discuss strategies for the U.S. going forward.

Mary Eberstadt is a Senior Research Fellow at the Faith and Reason Institute in Washington, D.C., and author of the new book Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics. Her other books include It’s Dangerous to BelieveHow the West Really Lost God, and Adam and Eve after the Pill.

Mrs. Eberstadt’s writing has appeared in many magazines and journals including TIME, the Wall Street JournalNational ReviewFirst Things, and The Weekly Standard. Her 2010 novel The Loser Letters, about a young woman in rehab struggling with atheism, was adapted for stage, and premiered at Catholic University in fall 2017. Seton Hall University awarded her an honorary doctorate in humane letters in 2014. During the Reagan administration, she was speechwriter to Secretary of State George Shultz, and a special assistant to Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick at the United Nations. Her work can be found on her website,

Brazil’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Ernesto Araújo is pleased to join The Heritage Foundation to deliver his first public address in Washington on Brazil’s new international strategy and President Jair Bolsonaro’s blueprint to restore the country towards a path of prosperity, safety and dignity for all Brazilians. Ambassador Araújo’s speech and the following conversation comes as Brazil and the United States launch a renewed strategic dialogue and at a moment when the two largest democracies of the Western hemisphere reach a historic level of cooperation and trust.


In the years he served on and eventually chaired the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Jason Chaffetz gained crucial insight into the inner workings of D.C. Things were bad then, but during the Trump administration, liberals have reached a new level of hysteria and misconduct.


According to a recent Pew Research Poll, 61% of Americans believe that higher education is headed in the wrong direction. With Americans $1.6 trillion in student loan debt, over 5 million loan borrowers in default, and increasing calls for “free” college, the source of American frustration with institutions of higher education is hardly a mystery. Please join us for a fireside chat between Sen. Rick Scott of Florida and Heritage Action’s Tim Chapman to discuss a path forward for conservative higher education solutions.

The U.S. Army has embarked on an ambitious campaign to modernize and transform. They have created a new Futures Command, formed cross-functional teams, and introduced new modernization priorities. Most importantly, they have elevated modernization as an overall strategic priority for the Army, commanding attention from the senior leaders. This is needed and well-conceived. However, prior Army modernization efforts – even those begun with great promise – have gone on to mixed results. How then to best increase the odds of success and ensure the preeminence of the Army for the foreseeable future?

In a new Heritage Foundation Special Report, Rebuilding America’s Military Project: The United States Army, author Thomas Spoehr provides an overview of prior Army modernization efforts and over 25 recommendations on how the Army can avoid mistakes of the past. These include the avoidance of “groupthink,” the reordering of modernization priorities, talent management, and specific recommendations on equipment. Discussion of the Army’s new Multi-Domain Concept, Army manpower, and force posture also feature prominently in the report.

As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union on October 31, the UK’s International Trade Secretary, the Right Honourable Liz Truss MP, discusses the opportunities this presents for a renewed trade and economic relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States.

Japan and South Korea have recently imposed rulings that impact each other’s financial interests and risk triggering a strategic trade war. During previous spikes in tensions, bilateral economic and security sectors were not involved and instead served as moderating influences. That changed for the worse last year. Strained bilateral economic relations undermine U.S. allied diplomatic and security coordination to deal with the North Korean threat. What role should Washington play in resolving disputes between two critically important Asian allies?

Join us as a distinguished panel of experts discusses the Japanese – South Korean trade dispute and its economic, security, and strategic ramifications.

Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India’s foreign policy and engagement with the world has acquired new energy and dynamism. Following India’s historic elections this spring, Modi’s second term will continue to focus on creating an enabling environment for India’s growth and development, while pursuing security and growth for all in India’s neighborhood and beyond. To discuss the Modi government’s foreign policy imperatives, and particularly India’s priorities in its regional engagements, India’s Ambassador to the U.S., His Excellency Harsh Vardhan Shringla will join Heritage Foundation South Asia scholar Jeff M. Smith for a wide-ranging conversation.

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Americans are concerned about their health care and the “Medicare for All” movement sounds like an easy solution. Yet, the more Americans understand the real-life costs of government-run health care – loss of private coverage, fewer health care providers, and long waiting lines – the less appeal it has. Please join us for a discussion on “Medicare for All” and the potential effects of such a policy on patients and those who care for them.

In recent years, the news has been awash in headlines about how e-commerce, data localization, and fifth generation wireless technology (5G) will reshape the digital landscape of the 21st century. In the U.S., the emergence of 5G has sparked a national conversation about the intersection between technology, economics, and national security. Already the U.S. government has taken steps to restrict access to America’s 5G networks for controversial Chinese tech giant Huawei. Numerous Indo-Pacific capitals, including many U.S. partners and allies, are now embroiled in their own contentious debates about the risks posed by Huawei and the appropriate measures to secure their digital futures. While it isn’t forcing countries to choose, the Trump administration has made clear that intelligence cooperation with U.S. partners could be impacted if it believes their digital infrastructure is compromised by foreign actors. Meanwhile, other regional partners, including India, are considering new data localization policies that could force technology firms to store their data in-country. The Trump administration argues such policies are protectionist in nature and would threaten the free flow of information, raise costs, and disrupt services, potentially resulting in new trade battles and barriers to commerce.

Join us for an examination of the Trump administration’s approach to these issues and its vision for Asia’s Digital Future.