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AEI hosts over 200 events each year with leading thinkers, politicians, newsmakers, and scholars. Listen each week to the full conversations, debates, and speeches hosted by AEI scholars.

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AEI hosts over 200 events each year with leading thinkers, politicians, newsmakers, and scholars. Listen each week to the full conversations, debates, and speeches hosted by AEI scholars.

    Practical perspectives on ‘A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty’

    Practical perspectives on ‘A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty’

    Research suggests that childhood poverty impedes children’s healthy growth and success in adulthood. In 2015, Congress asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to conduct a study of child poverty in the US and identify evidence-based policies to reduce it. The recently released report, “A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty,” describes two packages of federal policies that would cut US child poverty by half within a decade.







    But what would it take to turn report proposals into congressional authorization for new federal spending? Do key stakeholders agree that reducing child poverty is a priority for federal policy? And if authorized, how much would new federal spending really help poor children?







    Join AEI for a presentation on the report, followed by a panel discussion on the realistic prospects for the report’s proposals to improve children’s lives.







    This audio first appeared at an AEI event held on July 17, 2019, at AEI’s headquarters in Washington, DC.







    Watch the full event here.

    • 55 min
    Europe’s populist and Brexit economic challenge

    Europe’s populist and Brexit economic challenge

    Europe’s political landscape is becoming much more challenging, as evidenced by the strong showing of populist parties in the recent European parliamentary elections and by the deepening Brexit crisis. The question remains: how serious are these challenges are to the European economic outlook? What economic policies can meet these challenges?







    MORE RESOURCES: – Italy (Lorenzo Forni) – Economic Policies after the European parliamentary elections (Vitor Gaspar) – Economic challanges (Desmond Lachman)







    This audio first appeared at an AEI event held on June 4, 2019, at AEI’s headquarters in Washington, DC.







    Watch the full event here.

    • 54 min
    ‘The American Dream Is Not Dead’: With Michael Strain

    ‘The American Dream Is Not Dead’: With Michael Strain

    Both political parties frequently argue that the American dream is in peril. They say hard work does not pay off, wages have been stagnant for decades, the middle class is shrinking, the US is no longer upwardly mobile. In their minds, the game is rigged, but not by them. Instead, populist frustration says some “other” — the elites, the rich, immigrants, or China — is to blame for today’s economic outcomes.







    In “The American Dream Is Not Dead: (But Populism Could Kill It)” (Templeton Press, 2020), AEI’s Michael R. Strain argues against this assessment. He uses persuasive, under-reported evidence to prove that the American dream is alive and well.







    Join AEI’s discussion with Dr. Strain on the economic evidence in favor of the American dream and why we must reject populist rhetoric.







    This audio first appeared at an AEI event held on February 27, 2020, at AEI’s headquarters in Washington, DC.







    Watch the full event here.

    • 47 min
    Age of iron: Past, present, and future of conservative foreign policy

    Age of iron: Past, present, and future of conservative foreign policy

    President Trump has drastically shaken up America’s foreign policy establishment, from how the US treats its allies to its approach toward sovereignty and global institutions. The Taliban peace deal to withdraw US forces while releasing thousands of Taliban prisoners is just one example. But where does Trump’s foreign policy fit into American history and, in particular, the conservative tradition?







    In “Age of Iron: On Conservative Nationalism” (Oxford University Press, 2019), Colin Dueck tells the story of Republican foreign policy since the 20th century. He describes the shifting coalitions and priorities that have shaped policy, arguing that conservative nationalism is actually the oldest democratic tradition in US foreign relations.







    Join his discussion with AEI’s Hal Brands on Trump’s place in this history and the outlook on conservative foreign policy in the era of renewed great-power competition.







    This audio first appeared at an AEI event held on September 25, 2019, at AEI’s headquarters in Washington, DC.







    Watch the full event here.

    • 40 min
    Negotiating with China during peacetime, crisis, and conflict

    Negotiating with China during peacetime, crisis, and conflict

    While there is no shortage of discussion about how war between the US and China could break out, few have asked how such a war might end. During crisis or conflict, how can we draw China to the negotiating table? How has China historically ended its wars, and how might this inform how the US approaches China diplomatically in peacetime, crisis, and war?







    In her new book, “The Costs of Conversation: Obstacles to Peace Talks in Wartime” (Cornell University Press, 2019), Oriana Skylar Mastro asks: How can we get from fighting to talking? Join Dr. Mastro, Susan Thornton, and Tom Christensen as they discuss US diplomacy with China in an era of great-power competition.







    This audio first appeared at an AEI event held on May 23, 2019 at AEI’s headquarters in Washington, DC.







    Watch the full event here.







    Related Material:







    The Costs of Conversation: Obstacles to Peace Talks in WartimeOriana Skylar Mastro | Cornell University Press | March 15, 2019







    Negotiating with North Korea, competing with China, and another Trump-Kim summit: A conversation with Oriana Skylar Mastro“Banter” | February 26, 2019

    • 43 min
    The land of endless wars: What really causes instability in the Middle East?

    The land of endless wars: What really causes instability in the Middle East?

    In recent months, protests rocked the Middle East. Prime ministers have resigned in Iraq and Lebanon. Hundreds of protesters were gunned down in Iran. Libya continues to boil.







    For decades, US foreign policy in the region has been on autopilot: seek Arab-Israeli peace, fight terrorism, and futilely urge regimes to respect human rights. Every US administration puts its own spin on these initiatives, but none has successfully resolved the region’s fundamental problems.







    Please join AEI for the release of Michael Rubin and Brian Katulis’ new edited volume, “Seven Pillars: What Really Causes Instability in the Middle East?” (AEI Press, 2019). They and the book’s authors tackle the core drivers of conflict and instability in this vital part of the world.







    This audio first appeared at an AEI event held on January 8, 2020 at AEI’s headquarters in Washington, DC.







    Watch the full event here.

    • 40 min

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