The U.S.-Taiwan relationship is increasingly important in the face of a more aggressive China. While U.S. relations with Taiwan are strong and have, in fact, improved in some respects, economic cooperation remains underdeveloped. For years, The Heritage Foundation has called for increased economic cooperation and broader dialogue to address areas of private sector cooperation. Join us as we explore the potential of these initiatives and others.


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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced the formation of a Commission on Unalienable Rights in July 2019 and charged the members to meet with a broad group of experts and write a report to advise the Secretary with advice on how to pursue and champion “human rights grounded in our nation’s founding principles and the principles of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” The Commission published its draft report last month and it has received both acclaim and criticism. Please join Commission member Peter Berkowitz and human rights expert Aaron Rhodes to discuss the report and why it elicited such varied reactions.


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School Resource Officers play an important role in keeping students safe, even serving as role models in their local communities. However, since George Floyd’s tragic death, protesters and policymakers have been calling for reform to, and in some cases the defunding of, police departments around the country. The Minneapolis Board of Education and others have severed their contracts with local police, yet removing School Resource Officers from local schools is a risky proposition. Join us as our panel delivers a wake-up call on this critical issue.


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It’s back-to-school season, but millions of K-12 students are not going back—not to classrooms anyway. This semester finds parents anxious that children are falling behind and schools scrambling to keep students and teachers safe if and when their buildings open. To top it all off, a national teacher union has endorsed strikes if schools reopen, and special interest groups are demanding more federal spending for pandemic-related concerns. Policymakers and parents need solutions when unions put politics ahead of children, and every child deserves the chance to succeed this school year.

Join us for an informative panel of education practitioners who have fought back against union interference before and helped teachers find better options for representation.

COVID-19 has subjected Americans to unprecedented challenges in 2020. Liberal activists have wasted no time in using the coronavirus as a pretext to achieve a long sought goal: converting America’s elections to all mail voting and other radical changes to our election systems. They’re investing millions of dollars and employing hundreds of lawyers nationwide to upend the election statutes in state after state.The stakes in the presidential elections have never been higher, making the integrity of the voting process all the more critical. It’s also not implausible for the race to come down to one state or even one county, leaving little room for error.

Join The Heritage Foundation and The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation for a virtual webinar on what is happening across the country and how conservatives can help support the fight for a fair and honest election in 2020.

As China continues its rise, the actions of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have implications across the globe and the need for transparency is increasingly important. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the CCP has often withheld, obfuscated, and falsified data for its own purposes. This year, The Heritage Foundation launched a transparency initiative to facilitate a global campaign to maximize public exposure of the CCP’s behavior. In this timely event, representatives from the GMFUS’ Hamilton 2.0 Dashboard, William & Mary’s AidData, and The Stimson Center’s Mekong Infrastructure Tracker discuss how these critical transparency projects are shining a spotlight on CCP’s actions.


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The U.S. and North Korea have both indicated a willingness to hold another summit meeting while downplaying its likelihood. Pyongyang rejects working-level meetings that would lay the necessary groundwork for a detailed agreement, although Secretary of State Michael Pompeo commented that bilateral communication has occurred.

Rampant speculation continues, however, of an abrupt summit to sign a minimalist denuclearization accord or a symbolic peace treaty or North Korea carrying out its threats of a major provocation such as a nuclear or ICBM test.

Partnering organizations include: Alliance Defending Freedom, California Family Council, Family Policy Alliance, Family Research Council, Family Watch International, and Massachusetts Family Institute


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Launched in February 2019 under the leadership of White House Advisor Ivanka Trump, W-GDP is the first ever whole-of-government approach to global women’s economic empowerment. Join The Heritage Foundation for a discussion with the senior Trump Administration officials leading W-GDP’s implementation as they outline why economically empowered women in the developing world matters for U.S. national security and how W-GDP supports this objective. The panel will also discuss how free market orientated policy reforms in the legal and regulatory space can catalyze women’s lost economic potential.


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The Nation is reeling from sustained physical, verbal, and political attacks on our brave and patriotic law enforcement officers. These men and women put their lives on the line every single day to keep our communities safe. Instead of thanking them, a large portion of our society has subjected them to vulgar criticisms and vile characterizations. We have also seen extreme cases, such as in Portland, where violent anarchists, domestic terrorists, and thugs have wreaked violent attacks against law enforcement. Unfortunately, this has turned into a large movement to eliminate them altogether.

Commissioner Mark Morgan is the head of the largest law enforcement agency in the entire country. He has a long career in law enforcement, from police work, to the FBI, leading ICE, and now CBP. There is no one better situated to discuss how important law enforcement is and all the great work they are doing to restore law and order.

Want to know why there are riots in our streets and the country appears to be completely divided? It didn’t happen organically, and it was not a grassroots effort. The foundations for our division were laid decades ago. Mike Gonzalez’s book, The Plot to Change America, explains. Join author Mike Gonzalez and conservative commentator Michael Knowles for an illuminating conversation about the roots of identity politics and how this pernicious way of thinking divides America, featuring introductory remarks by Kay C. James.


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As many schools across the country remain closed, parents are banding together to form “education pods,” pooling resources, grouping their children in co-quarantined clusters, and hiring a teacher or private tutor for instruction. It is a real-time, large scale example of civil society in action; what Edmund Burke called the “little platoons” that make America an exceptional nation. How do these education pods work for students, and how might they benefit teachers and families? How do you form an education pod of your own?

Join us for a discussion on how to build your own education pod with policy experts and parents who have created successful pods and microschools.

General David H. Berger, Marine Corps Commandant, is aggressively pushing a dramatic redesign of the Corps for future war incorporating new missiles, advanced sensors, unmanned platforms, and hypervelocity weapons. His Force Design 2030 effort has drawn enthusiastic support from those who agree that the Corps must change to remain relevant on a more lethal battlefield. But it has generated an equally fervent amount of criticism from others who think the effort is overly focused on China—rendering the Corps irrelevant across a range of other potentially more likely scenarios. To achieve its vision, the Corps is doing away with tanks, reducing conventional artillery, shrinking units, and placing new demands on the Navy, already struggling to modernize its fleet. But it is adding anti-ship missiles, doubling-down on unmanned systems, and reenergizing a profound discussion about the importance of naval power.

Will a redesigned Corps make it irrelevant for land operations against conventional militaries of larger state powers or irregular forces like terrorist groups? Or are General Berger’s designs essential to America’s future ability to conduct nearly any military operation in any theater against a host of potential enemies?

In the first half of 2020, the EPA has already taken numerous critical actions to help protect the environment while respecting the rule of law, federalism, and transparency. The agency has finalized efforts to both ensure that environmental regulations are based on sound and transparent science and environmental protections do more good than harm. Too often, however, opponents of these common sense reforms have used myths and scare tactics to distort the truth of the agency’s actions. These critics have even objected to the EPA using reasonable enforcement discretion during the pandemic. The reality is the EPA is taking a number of practical steps that are way past due. Join us as we hear directly from EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to get the truth about the agency’s 2020 regulatory actions and what they mean to Americans.


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Following the death of George Floyd, books such as White Fragility rose on bestseller lists and “anti-racist” training programs saw a massive increase in demand in corporate America and governments at all levels, and concepts like “unconscious bias” and “internalized racial superiority” found their way into everyday conversation. What is the origin of Critical Race Theory that informs much of this training and what are its goals? And, will this new form of identity politics truly heal our nation? Join us for a discussion on the pervasive trends that, under the guise of equality, make diversity training in government, corporate America, and schools pernicious, divisive, and destructive.


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The Supreme Court’s blockbuster 2019-2020 term is winding down. There were important cases involving religious liberty, DACA, faithless electors, separation of powers, the scope of anti-discrimination laws, and the president’s tax returns. Our scholars and scribes will break down some of the landmark cases, talk about the historic new procedures utilized during the pandemic, and discuss what it all means.


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Every year it seems another new effort to “reform the Pentagon” is announced. Every Secretary of Defense for the last five Administrations has “made it a priority” to address perceived bloat and inefficiency. Yet, few of these initiatives produce significant results, and the Pentagon bureaucracy lumbers on, as wasteful as ever. In his book, Defense Management Reform, author Peter Levine addresses why, despite a long history of attempted reform, the Pentagon continues to struggle with waste and inefficiency. Join us for a fascinating conversation on what works—and what doesn’t—in the world of Pentagon reform.

On May 21, 2020, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the 1992 Treaty on Open Skies (OST) in response to allegations of many years of Russian violations. While Open Skies has arguably benefited the United States by providing a level of military transparency, the Trump Administration assessed that Russian abuse of the treaty has become too grave to continue its participation. Is withdrawing from Open Skies the correct decision? What does this mean for arms control negotiations moving forward? On July 14, hear from experts on both sides of the debate who will assess the withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty and its implications.

 

America is at a pivotal time in the history of our nation. Our country is torn apart by sharp disagreement on what it means to be an American. Many have forgotten that our nation is the best place of hope, opportunity, and freedom. Join us for the first of a three-part series, America’s History of Hope, as Dr. Lucas Morel and Dr. Thomas Krannawitter reflect on the triumphs of our American history, and ways to debunk the narratives of revisionist history.


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In an effort to contain COVID-19, many governors have used emergency powers to limit business activity, social gatherings, and mobility. Without action by state legislators these emergency powers will remain in place. Further economic damage and constitutional concerns can be allayed by replacing vague statutory language with clear parameters for emergency powers. Such powers should expire without affirmative legislative renewal, and targeted litigation may be required to ensure governors adhere to statutory limitations. Join us for a panel discussion on how legislators can navigate these legal waters.


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