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October 09 2013

21:28

Syria May be a Pivot Point for America

Regardless of what transpires in the geo-political landscape relative to the civil war in Syria, it may well be looked upon as a pivot point for citizens of the United States.  This could be the beginning of a necessary and critical conversation about the future of the country in the Shift Age and, longer term, in the 21st century.

Twenty years ago the United States “won” the Cold War.  Twelve years ago the country was attacked by Al Qaeda.  This prompted the country to enter two wars in Islamic countries.  It is not clear that the United States have won these wars, as the definition of winning is unclear.  What we do know is that we have been “fighting the war on terrorism” for most of this century.

There are two realities that America is wrestling with today that may be accelerated by the civil war in Syria.  The first is that we have yet to fully redefine what it means to be the single most powerful country in the world.  America has become an empire, a democratic 21st century empire.  This makes us both uneasy and proud.  The narrow and destructive manifestation of this power is becoming the policeman of the world.  We manifest this by the largely unilateral wars we have plunged into in this century.  That is far too narrow a definition and utilization of our empire-like power.  This is a residual of the Cold War mentality of power.  This is the geopolitical issue we face

The second reality affected by the civil war in Syria is that American citizens have been overwhelmingly clear that they do not want another military engagement in the Arab Middle East.  We are not just war weary, we are concerned about all the problems within our borders and the need to address them, and spend money on them rather than another military adventure abroad.  On this the people have spoken loudly and clearly to our elected officials in Washington D.C.  This is the domestic rebuilding issue we face; doing what is necessary to remain a great country and not a country in decline.

So the geopolitical opportunity today is to find a way to be the empire we are without being simply the military policeman.  We will need to find ways to lead and influence a world into peaceful integration without thinking of military options first.  We have multiple areas of global dominance other than our military.  Our economy drives the global economy.  Our culture influences countries around the world.  Our technologies and innovation lead the world into this new century.  We have incredible influence in the world today.  We must find a way to stand tall but not stand alone, to influence and even manipulate strategically in ways that merge global humanity with national interests.

This is at the essence of the Shift Age and of this century because in this global stage of human evolution, the nation state is giving way to ever more global integration.  As the empire at this time of history, the United States must, as a nation, lead the world into this new stage of global reality.

On the home front it is time to reinvest in American infrastructure, not those of Afghanistan, Iraq or even Syria.  As a country, America is at a critical juncture when our infrastructure, our education systems, our incredible opportunities in manufacturing, the reality of a total failure in the war on drugs, and our ever more racially and culturally diverse culture need attention.  This attention must come with new, fresh ideas and not dealt with through the legacy thought from the 20th century that still pervades today.

A few years ago, during the Great Recession, I was constantly asked about America’s future in the face of a China in resurgence and the outsourcing of jobs to India.  The general tenor was around whether we will remain a great nation into this century and age.  As I have written over the past two years, China is facing major problems as is India, Russia and Brazil.  I have written about the Eurozone being a non-growth zone for most of this decade.  There is no country, or region that has the power and influence of the United States today.

So, now is the time to define what being the global power, the empire of the world is at this time, both globally and domestically.  We must both lead the world into the global future of this century and reinvigorate across the board domestically.  It feels like the current crises of the Middle East is an opportunity to thread the needle globally and to bring all our national intelligence, wealth and ingenuity back to a domestic focus to create a new America.

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October 06 2011

19:05

Pervez Musharraf in Conversation with David Bradley

Pervez Musharraf in Conversation with David Bradley
Pervez Musharraf
Former President of Pakistan

David Bradley
Chairman and Owner
Atlantic Media Company

Inspired by The Atlantic's enduring partnership with the Aspen Ideas Festival, the third-annual Washington Ideas Forum gathers an audience of 600 people, including government officials, top business executives, global thought leaders, academics, and celebrities. It is the place to hear - and meet - the most prominent thinkers of our time.

This October 5 and 6, the Forum will once again bring the best and brightest to the table for debate, conversation, and idea-sharing.
Date: Thu, 06 Oct 2011 11:10:00 -0700
Location: Washington, D.C., Newseum, Atlantic
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/10/06/Pervez_Musharraf_in_Conversation_with_David_Bradley

September 07 2011

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August 11 2011

23:30

Karen Armstrong: The Theology of Revolution

Karen Armstrong: The Theology of Revolution
This week the 2 p.m. Interfaith Lectures will focus on the history of the multiple manifestations of religion in Iran. Lecturers will relate the story of the Aryans (pre-cursors of Iran, the land of the Aryans), the rise of Zoroastrianism, Persian Judaism, Nestorian Christianity, and the Shi'a and Sunni expressions of Islam, as well as the current context of religion in Iran.

Chautauqua, according to the late, great Teddy Roosevelt, is "the most American thing in America." It's also the country's oldest ideas festival. Since its founding in 1874, Chautauqua has attracted the likes of Amelia Earhart, FDR and Susan B. Anthony. The rich tradition continues in 2011. Speakers include New York Times contributor Stanley Fish, groundbreaking religious commentator Karen Armstrong, leading foreign policy analyst Robin Wright, noted historian Gordon Wood and several others. Take advantage of this exclusive offer from FORA.tv and the Chautauqua Institution, and join the discussion as these important thought leaders address the most pressing issues facing America and the world.
Date: Fri, 05 Aug 2011 10:45:00 -0700
Location: Chautauqua, NY, Chautauqua Amphitheater, Chautauqua Institution
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/08/05/Karen_Armstrong_The_Theology_of_Revolution

August 08 2011

14:46

Robin Wright: The Challenge of Iran

Robin Wright: The Challenge of Iran
With a history that spans more than nine millennia, Iran is home to one of the world's oldest continuous civilizations, but one that still remains much of an enigma to the rest of the world. How does Iran differ from the other countries of the Middle East and how does its past inform its present and future states? This week will look back on the country formerly known as Persia, examine its emergence as present-day Iran, and postulate what might be next for one of the most important Islamic countries in the world.

Chautauqua, according to the late, great Teddy Roosevelt, is "the most American thing in America." It's also the country's oldest ideas festival. Since its founding in 1874, Chautauqua has attracted the likes of Amelia Earhart, FDR and Susan B. Anthony. The rich tradition continues in 2011. Speakers include New York Times contributor Stanley Fish, groundbreaking religious commentator Karen Armstrong, leading foreign policy analyst Robin Wright, noted historian Gordon Wood and several others. Take advantage of this exclusive offer from FORA.tv and the Chautauqua Institution, and join the discussion as these important thought leaders address the most pressing issues facing America and the world.
Date: Mon, 01 Aug 2011 10:45:00 -0700
Location: Chautauqua, NY, Chautauqua Amphitheater, Chautauqua Institution
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/08/01/Robin_Wright_The_Challenge_of_Iran

July 26 2011

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July 21 2011

21:34

Chamberlin: U.S. Aid to Pakistan - Harmful or Helpful?

Chamberlin: U.S. Aid to Pakistan - Harmful or Helpful?
The U.S. government and private foundations have dedicated significant funding toward improving the wellness of global citizens, both in monetary contributions and research. What is, and what should be, the relationship of these investments to U.S. foreign policy? How do we decide where to spend valuable resources? What other factors affect global health, well being and economic development? In our interconnected world these issues affect our peace, stability and security. In a unique partnership with CARE, we will examine what we know about global health and development, what we are learning, and to whose benefit.
Date: Fri, 01 Jul 2011 10:45:00 -0700
Location: Chautauqua, NY, Amphitheater, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua Institution
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/07/01/Chamberlin_US_Aid_to_Pakistan_-_Harmful_or_Helpful

July 03 2011

00:41

Mission Accomplished?

Mission Accomplished?
Mission Accomplished?

RAJIV CHANDRASEKARAN
Senior Correspondent and Associate Editor, The Washington Post

RICHARD HAASS
President, Council on Foreign Relations

CHRISTOPHER HILL
Dean, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver; former US Ambassador to Iraq

DAVID ROHDE
Investigative Journalist, The New York Times; Co-Author, A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping From Two Sides

Moderator: ANDREA MITCHELL


Entering its seventh year, the Aspen Ideas Festival will gather some of the most interesting thinkers and leaders from around the US and abroad to discuss their work, the issues that inspire them, and their ideas. Presented by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, the Festival is unique in its dedication to dialogue and exchange, and in its commitment to bringing ideas to the public at large. FORA.tv is pleased to present Festival programs taking place at the Aspen Institute's Paepcke Auditorium.
Date: Sat, 02 Jul 2011 10:30:00 -0700
Location: Aspen, CO, Paepcke Auditorium, Aspen Institute
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/07/02/Mission_Accomplished

July 02 2011

03:54

Friedman & Wieseltier: Israel, the Arab Spring and Us

Friedman & Wieseltier: Israel, the Arab Spring and Us
Israel, the "Arab Spring," and Us

THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Foreign Affairs Columnist, the New York Times

LEON WIESELTIER
Literary Editor, The New Republic

Entering its seventh year, the Aspen Ideas Festival will gather some of the most interesting thinkers and leaders from around the US and abroad to discuss their work, the issues that inspire them, and their ideas. Presented by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, the Festival is unique in its dedication to dialogue and exchange, and in its commitment to bringing ideas to the public at large. FORA.tv is pleased to present Festival programs taking place at the Aspen Institute's Paepcke Auditorium.
Date: Fri, 01 Jul 2011 16:00:00 -0700
Location: Aspen, CO, Paepcke Auditorium, Aspen Institute
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/07/01/Friedman__Wieseltier_Israel_the_Arab_Spring_and_Us
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June 09 2011

22:28

Identifying the Enemy After the Death of Bin Laden

Identifying the Enemy After the Death of Bin Laden
Radical Islam has declared itself at war with the West as well as with moderate Muslims. The enemy is well organized, well funded, and grounded in the authority of religious texts. The United States therefore has a particularly difficult battle to fight. It is engaged with an enemy who cares first and foremost about the ideological battle -- rebuilding a distinct Muslim identity, strengthening the ummah, and defeating the West, both materially and spiritually. Without directly confronting the ideology driving such groups as Al Qaeda, the United States will never be able to defeat the threat of terrorism. Drawing on the expertise of those who were directly involved in the fight against past totalitarian ideologies and of those who are intimately familiar with the ideology and strategy of the current enemy, this conference will draw lessons from the past for today's fight against Al Qaeda and associated movements.

Speakers

Dr. Sebastian L. Gorka
Military Affairs Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Public Policy Institute

Thomas Joscelyn
Senior Editor, Long War Journal
Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Dr. John Lenczowski
President, Institute of World Politics
Former Director of European and Soviet Affairs, National Security Council

Prof. John Moore
President Emeritus, Grove City College
Former Deputy Director, National Science Foundation

Robert R. Reilly
Author and Former Director, Voice of America
Former Senior Advisor for Information Strategy, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Stephen Ulph
Senior Fellow, Jamestown Foundation
Founder and Former Editor of Jane's Terrorism Security Monitor
Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 00:00:00 -0700
Location: Arlington, VA, Bridge Marriott, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/05/25/Identifying_the_Enemy_After_the_Death_of_Bin_Laden

June 02 2011

01:19

The Future of Israel with David Harris

The Future of Israel with David Harris
AJC's Executive Director David Harris, Israel's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Haim Waxman, and the Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University S. Ilan Troen discuss the future of Israel and answer your questions LIVE online.
Date: Wed, 01 Jun 2011 20:00:00 -0700
Location: Westchester, New York, American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Committee
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/06/01/The_Future_of_Israel_with_David_Harris
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