Event Archives: 2014

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RESCHEDULED: Savings in America

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 2:00pm

Co-sponsored by the Congressional Savings and Ownership Caucus and the Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus

As part of a series of events on savings in America, the Congressional Savings and Ownership Caucus and the Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus offer this briefing for Members of Congress and their staff who are interested in the latest data about savings and learning about innovative approaches to make savings easier and more common.

Implementing the PCAST Spectrum Sharing Report

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 2:00pm
At a time when Congress and the FCC was focused solely on spectrum auctions as a way to meet exploding mobile device data demand, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) in 2012 recommended a parallel path to bandwidth abundance: opening a “spectrum superhighway” on underutilized military and other Federal government airwaves.  President Obama last year issued an executive order putting the Administration squarely behind spectrum sharing as a technical and economic underpinning of America’s wireless future.

The Global War for Internet Governance with Dr. Laura DeNardis

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 4:00pm
Despite its wide reach and powerful global influence, the Internet is a medium uncontrolled by any one centralized system, organization, or governing body, a reality that has given rise to all manner of free-speech issues and cybersecurity concerns. In her book The Global War for Internet Governance, Internet governance scholar and American University professor, Laura DeNardis reveals the inner power structure of Internet governance on the international scene and explores the characteristics of Internet Governance that will ultimately determine Internet freedom. 

Unrecognized and Unwanted

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 9:30am
The Oslo Accords – signed in the 1993 – classified 60 percent of West Bank lands as "Area C." An estimated 300,000 Palestinians live this area which also hosts all 125 Israeli settlements. Israeli authorities have full control of this area, including sole control over planning and construction. Israel strictly limits Palestinian inhabitation, construction and development in Area C.

New America NYC: The Best Place on Earth

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 6:30pm


Afghanistan 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 12:15pm
On Saturday, April 5, Afghans will head to the polls and vote in Afghanistan's 2014 presidential election. With current President Hamid Karzai constitutionally barred from running for a third term, the election could mark Afghanistan's first peaceful transfer of power between two democratically elected governments. No single frontrunner has emerged from the pack of nine presidential contenders, making the possibility of a run-off between the two candidates who receive the most votes - though shy of the necessary 50 percent - more likely.

The War in Syria

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 12:15pm
With the Syrian crisis entering its fourth year, the New America Foundation’s International Security Program is taking stock of current developments in and projected scenarios for ending the crisis. Headlines about Syria have been overwhelmed with details of the battlefield and the more than 9 million people who have been affected by the fighting. The fight between President Bashar Assad’s forces and opposition groups has long been stalemated, yet recent battles suggest that Assad is winning the war. But is this really the case?

The Corporate Takeover of Marijuana

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 9:30am

The practical question is no longer whether to legalize marijuana; a solid majority of Americans now favors it, and state after state is moving in that direction. The practical question is how to legalize it without greatly expanding the incidence of problem use and use by adolescents.


The Bright Continent

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 6:00pm
Africa is a continent on the rise. Beyond bleak headlines about conflict or corruption-ridden states, there are innovative, creative entrepreneurs turning challenges into opportunities across the nations. People transcending bad aid and bad governments to build multi-million dollar industries, develop cutting edge healthcare technology and foster citizen activism.