The Heritage Foundation’s 2020 Index of Economic Freedom features a special focus section on free trade, which included four chapters on the most important trade topics of the day. Our two speakers are the authors of the Index trade chapters on digital trade and World Trade Organization reform, topics that each present their own challenges to trade freedom. Digital trade is the fastest growing means for individuals around the world to exchange goods and services, but there are also growing efforts to restrict or tax this method of exchange. The future of the World Trade Organization is in question as its dispute settlement mechanism is currently crippled and countries propose reforms to the system. Join us for a discussion on these two trade issues and their impact on trade freedom in the U.S. and around the world.

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COVID-19 has taken the world by a storm, but none are more deeply affected than the world’s most vulnerable. Refugees and the internally displaced, individuals living under authoritarian regimes, and others living in countries with limited healthcare resources are facing, in some cases, life or death situations. While many countries battling their own domestic fight with COVID-19 are tempted to turn inwards, the U.S. as a global leader in the promotion of freedom has a responsibility to galvanize attention and partnership to ensure that the world’s most needy are receiving the assistance they need during the pandemic. Join us to learn about the unique challenges faced by Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, the impoverished in North Korea, and the marginalized in China.

 

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The National Coronavirus Recovery Commission is partnered with the Leadership Institute for a digital town hall to present the commission’s latest recommendations and take questions from participants.

 

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As Russia and China advance their nuclear forces and North Korea and Iran continue to pursue nuclear capabilities, the U.S. nuclear arsenal slowly decays. Deterioration of the nuclear enterprise has become so serious that a failure to deliver systems like the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent or the W80-4 warhead on time could result in a critical gap in the U.S. nuclear deterrent.

In the new book from the Center for Security Policy Press, Growing Challenges for America’s Nuclear Deterrent, nine national security experts examine the threat to the U.S. nuclear arsenal and what it takes to deter nuclear attack, assure U.S. allies and partners, achieve U.S. objectives if deterrence fails, and hedge against future threats. On May 5, hear three of these expert contributors, Fred Fleitz, Dr. Matthew Kroenig, and Dr. Michaela Dodge, discuss the nuclear force necessary to deter, fight, and win a nuclear conflict.

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Ready or not, COVID-19 swept across the globe and utterly changed the landscape of the world’s workforce. For those accustomed to a shared physical workspace, this disease has changed where we do our work—now, primarily from home—and how we communicate with one another. Now that most Americans have been subject to stay-at-home orders for over a month and are adjusting to the new normal of remote work, it’s a good time to assess the situation. How can managers support their dispersed teams so that they don’t simply survive, but actually thrive in this time?

Join us for a virtual conversation with a panel of managers experienced in leading remote teams.

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May 4th, 2020 marked 40 years since the day that the federal Department of Education opened its doors. The cabinet-level agency is no longer in its infancy; Americans have four decades of data on academic outcomes by which to measure its impact on our children. Teachers and school leaders also have 40 years by which they can measure the Department’s impact on their working lives. Taxpayers have the billions of dollars they have financed to assess the impact of the Department through an economic lens. What is the history of the Department and its legacy forty years after its creation? What should the future hold for the Department of Education? Join us for a discussion with education experts on this notable anniversary.

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The COVID-19 crisis has changed the lives of all Americans. With mandated social-distancing, restrictions on in-person worship and church services, closures of most non-essential businesses in the domestic economy, and limitations on travel overseas and between states, some wonder what gives the government the ability to restrict our individual liberty and when it should stop. Is the Constitution simply a parchment barrier in times of crisis? Or are these brief limitations on liberty necessary and beneficial in worldwide pandemic? Join us for a discussion with two constitutional law experts, Harmeet Dhillon and Eugene Volokh, as they debate how to strike the right balance of liberty and safety during the current pandemic.


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As America faces new challenges caused by COVID-19 and the need to “flatten the curve” by limiting large gatherings, the Heritage Foundation will be hosting a webinar conversation featuring Jewish, Catholic, and Evangelical perspectives on how faith can inspire hopeful responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects.

Join us to hear how Americans are relying on their faith, living out their beliefs, and loving their neighbors during this time of social distancing. Our featured speakers will also reflect on how America’s communities of faith have responded to past crises and how they are responding to this pandemic.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis with widespread media coverage. Most governments have been transparent about the COVID-19 situation in their country, but not much has been officially reported by the governments of Iran, North Korea, and Russia. The reports that have been released raise serious questions about their accuracy. What are the current total of sick, infected, and fatalities in these countries? How are their governments responding? These are the questions being asked right now to national governments by the public.

Join us for a conversation with a group of experts on the current COVID-19 situation in Iran, North Korea, and Russia.

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With the New START arms control agreement between the United States and Russia set to expire in less than one year, the Trump Administration must soon decide whether to extend the treaty or let it expire. On the one hand, extending New START would continue the nominal restrictions on U.S. and Russian deployed delivery systems and strategic warheads, and mutual U.S./Russian onsite inspections. On the other, New START does not limit Russia’s large stockpile of battlefield warheads nor its new ‘exotic’ nuclear delivery systems, including a nuclear torpedo and nuclear-powered cruise missile. Opponents of extension also argue that New START’s limited verification regime provides less than satisfactory confidence that Russia cannot violate the provisions. The Trump Administration has also expressed a desire to negotiate an improved arms control agreement with Russia that also includes China, which has been aggressively modernizing its nuclear forces. What are the arguments for and against extension? Does the United States have sufficient leverage to negotiate a better agreement? What would Russia do if no longer constrained by New START? On April 23, hear arguments on both sides of the debate and join what will be an informative discussion on how the Administration should proceed.

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Since mid-March Congress, the administration, and state governors all took exceptional actions to curb the spread of COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus that originated in China. Restrictions aimed at enforcing social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19 have led to stay-at-home orders and the temporary closure of schools, universities, and businesses deemed non-essential, with the economy experiencing a steep and sudden downturn as unemployment rolls are swelling. Lawmakers have passed several policies aimed at providing relief, including the largest public relief package in U.S. history: The CARES Act. Join Heritage Foundation experts for a timely conversation on how COVID-19 is impacting the U.S. economy, which policies are helping and which are hurting, and what’s next for facilitating an economic recovery after the public health crisis is contained.

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What are the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship in American society? What does it mean to be a part of one of the greatest enterprises in human history? In his latest book, Author Wilfred McClay answers these questions and invites everyone to learn how ideals drove America’s creation and success. Please join a discussion with the author, hosted by The Heritage Foundation’s Angela Sailor.

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Response to the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates how deregulation can provide quick and flexible access to needed care and services. Yet, some policymakers want to go the opposite direction. These efforts to expand Obamacare or adopt “Medicare for All” represent a massive expansion of government control of health coverage at a time when Americans can least afford it. What are the early lessons of deregulation? How would expanding Obamacare or adopting “Medicare for All” impact patient access to care and services? What is the right answer to health care reform? Join us for a discussion with health care experts.

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Drawing on personal experiences during past financial crises as well as the current pandemic, our panelists will share best practices that have helped their organizations weather the storm.

Join us for a virtual conversation with the presidents of two organizations who will share their strategies for leading through difficult times.

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In the next few weeks, as the pandemic perhaps reaches its zenith, Americans will have the opportunity to decide once again what sort of society we intend to be. What moral principles should guide our decisions if we must prioritize or ration care? What moral principles justify—and limit—government restrictions on public gatherings and other activities? How do religious liberty and establishment issues intersect with public policy combating Coronavirus? And how should we think about protecting both human lives and human flourishing? Join us for a conversation with a group of academic experts on medicine, ethics, and human flourishing.
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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.

 

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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.

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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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