United States


Building Inclusive Economies: How Women’s Economic Advancement Promotes Sustainable Growth

Speaker: Laura D'Andrea Tyson
Presider: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Introductory Remarks: Rachel B. Vogelstein

Drawing upon decades of experience in the field of international economics, Laura Tyson will share her insight on the relationship between women’s economic participation and global economic growth. She will discuss strategies for both the public and private sectors to eliminate barriers to women’s labor force participation, with a focus on emerging markets.

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France's Election Proves It—America Is Now an Example of What Not to Do

Author: Max Boot
Los Angeles Times

Americans have a long and ignoble tradition of telling jokes about the French. Old chestnuts such as “I'm selling a French rifle: Never shot, dropped only once” became popular again in 2003 when the French — wisely as it turns out — refused to join their U.S. allies in the invasion of Iraq. The House of Representatives cafeteria even renamed French fries, “freedom fries.” Turns out the joke’s on us.

See more in France; United States; Elections


Can Drug Importation Address High Generic Drug Prices?

Authors: Thomas J. Bollyky and Aaron S. Kesselheim
Brookings Institution

Tom Bollyky and Aaron Kesselheim propose a sustainable strategy to address price spikes among U.S. generic drugs and improve patients’ access to safe medicines. They propose a three-pronged approach for increasing competition in the U.S. generic drug market, while minimizing any attendant risks to patient safety or undermining the institutional role of the FDA. This proposal centers on the use of reciprocal drug approval and draws on previous precedents and the existing platforms for regulatory cooperation in the pharmaceutical sector.

See more in United States; Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines; Health Policy and Initiatives


Trump to Cut Foreign Aid Budgets, Opening South and Central Asia's Door to Chinese Influence

Author: Alyssa Ayres

It looks like U.S. President Donald Trump's plan to reduce the foreign aid budget will come at a cost to his administration's other aims in South and Central Asia. Some of the cuts come as no surprise as they target programs, like climate change, that the president came into office determined to roll back. But others will undermine stated administration priorities, such as regional counterterrorism and cooperation with India. 

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Why Trump Was Right to Invite Duterte to the White House

Author: Ely Ratner

President Trump raised hackles over the weekend by offering a White House invitation to Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines president accused of abetting deaths squads and extrajudicial killings as part of his signature war on drugs. Victims have numbered in the thousands, reported to include not only small-time users and petty criminals, but also political opponents and even children.

See more in Philippines; United States; Presidents and Chiefs of State; Diplomacy and Statecraft


The Brilliant Incoherence of Trump’s Foreign Policy

Author: Stephen Sestanovich
The Atlantic

Trump dominated the election-year debate by proposing a more hopped-up version of foreign-policy activism than the usual advocates of activism, and a fuller kind of disengagement than those who wanted to scale down. The combination—radicalism at both ends of the spectrum—seemed the essence of his appeal. For Trump, American policy was supposed to serve only American interests. Best of all, Trump suggested, his entire approach would be free. Yes, we could be “great again”—and on the cheap. Such a blend of much more and much less could easily have seemed incoherent, or crazy. But the two halves of Trump’s formula worked together better than critics appreciated.

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U.S. Entry Into World War I: Lessons One Hundred Years Later

Speaker: John Milton Cooper
Speaker: Jennifer Keene
Speaker: Jay Winik
Presider: James M. Lindsay

One hundred years ago this month, the United States declared war on Germany and thereby entered World War I. Experts discuss why the United States entered "the Great War," the consequences it had for American society and foreign policy, and what lessons it holds for Americans going forward.

See more in United States; History and Theory of International Relations