The Long Game
debunks the conventional wisdom that President Barack Obama’s foreign policy is feckless, directionless, and weak, instead showing how the 44th president has redefined the purpose and exercise of American power for a new era. In this inside assessment of Obama’s foreign policy legacy, author Derek Chollet tackles the prevailing consensus to argue that Obama has profoundly altered the course of American foreign policy for the better and positioned the United States to lead in the future.
Over the past several months, national outrage around Flint, Michigan’s, water crisis has increased attention on the critical issue of childhood lead poisoning. Decades after ending the use of lead in paint and other sources, lead poisoning remains one of the nation’s most devastating health threats, affecting more than 535,000 children each year, particularly in low-income communities. Such exposure diminishes children’s reading and learning abilities and increases their likelihood of dropping out of school. Policies and resources that fight exposure to lead and ensure that families get the testing and support they need are necessary for children to live in safe and healthy homes. The Center for American Progress is pleased to present a discussion on addressing lead exposure in low-income communities with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, as well as a panel of experts who will discuss best practices for creating lead-free homes and provide insights on how leaders across sectors can work together to ensure that every child lives in an environment conducive to their success.
The 2008 financial crisis—which brought on a devastating recession and painful recovery—was in large part a failure of shadow banking credit markets. These credit markets—also referred to as market-based finance—are large and sometimes ill-defined parts of the financial system that connect borrowers and savers and support real economy credit, similar to a classic bank. But instead of classic banks, with their underwriting practices and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation-insured deposits, credit markets extend credit through trading markets such as reposession, commercial paper, and securitizations; are supported by nonbank financial institutions such as asset managers, hedge funds, and insurance companies; and are evaluated by gatekeepers such as credit rating agencies.
Two-thirds of Americans will experience at least one year of unemployment—either themselves or through their head of household—during their working years. For the past 80 years, unemployment insurance, or UI, has provided critical protection for involuntarily unemployed workers and their families by replacing a share of lost wages while workers search for new jobs. UI also helps stabilize the economy during downturns by boosting the spending power of struggling families and creating demand in the economy. In 2009 alone, UI kept more than 5 million Americans out of poverty and saved more than 2 million jobs.
Please join the Center for American Progress for an exclusive conversation on criminal justice, featuring U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, and U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. These distinguished panelists will discuss new and existing programs and initiatives by each of their agencies that are aimed at addressing the importance of reentry—supporting the transition that formerly incarcerated individuals experience as they return to life in their communities upon release, and ensuring a second chance for people with criminal records and their families. The event will be moderated by Daryl Atkinson, a second chance fellow at the U.S. Department of Justice, with an introduction by Carmel Martin, Senior Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress.
Join the Center for American Progress for a discussion about the importance of K-12 computer science education for maintaining U.S. economic competitiveness, preparing students for the good jobs of the future, and expanding opportunities for underrepresented communities.
Join the Center for American Progress on June 21, 2016, to discuss potential U.S. policy responses that address these pressing issues. The event will draw upon current policy debates in the United States, as well as lessons learned from the November 2015 policy decision-making exercise, "Food Chain Reaction: A Global Food Security Game."
June 20th marks World Refugee Day, when millions of people around the world celebrate the strength, courage, and resilience of those among us who have been forced to flee their home countries to escape serious violations of human rights in search of safety and protection in another country. Given the ongoing crises in Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, and elsewhere, the world’s refugee population continues to increase to levels not seen in recent history; according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, there are now nearly 60 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. The need to find a durable solution for resettlement is now greater than ever.
In the wake of the California primary, the 2016 election will look ahead to November and the key voting demographics that will play a major role in its outcome. This spring, the Center for American Progress and Latino Decisions conducted polling of black women and Latinas, aiming to gain a better understanding of key issues that members of these communities face each day and will press candidates for solutions to, including expanding beyond traditional civil rights and immigration policies. Challenges around economic security and equality are major priorities for black women and Latinas, as they are for many voters across the country.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a fascinating discussion with author Sidney Blumenthal about the first installment in his multivolume examination of the political mind of President Abraham Lincoln. The series looks at the genius of Lincoln from his obscure beginnings to his presidency, assassination, and the overthrow of his post-Civil War dreams of Reconstruction. The first volume, A Self-Made Man, traces Lincoln from his painful youth, describing himself as “a slave,” to his emergence as the man we recognize as Abraham Lincoln. From his youth as a “newsboy,” a voracious newspaper reader, Lincoln became a free thinker, reading Thomas Paine, as well as Shakespeare and the Bible, and studying Euclid to sharpen his arguments as a lawyer. Lincoln’s anti-slavery thinking began in his childhood amid the Primitive Baptist anti-slavery dissidents in backwoods Kentucky and Indiana, the roots of his repudiation of Southern Christian pro-slavery theology.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a panel discussion about the lessons learned from the charter sector over the past 25 years, the future of the sector, and how to increase the number of high-quality public schools. Panelists will provide diverse perspectives on the effectiveness of the current charter school landscape and insight into what the future holds for charter schools.
As NASA Administrator Charles Bolden noted this past October at the Center for American Progress, America is closer to sending a human to Mars than ever before. But while the United States has made significant progress toward that goal in recent years, NASA must still discover how it will overcome the practical physical and psychological challenges American astronauts will face on their voyage to—and their stay on—the red planet.
The United States has made remarkable strides over the past seven years to address climate change, both domestically and internationally. Yet there is widespread agreement that more must be done to reduce pollution and increase resilience to an already changing climate. Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion about these challenges and opportunities with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and other distinguished guests.
The massacre at Sandy Hook was seen as a watershed moment in our national gun debate, but the body count at the hands of gun violence has only grown. Through the lens of victims’ families, as well as pro-gun advocates, Under the Gun
examines why our politicians have failed to act.
When some 200 New York City fast food workers walked off their jobs in November 2012 to demand a $15 minimum wage and a union, no one could have predicted that the one-day strike would spark a national movement. But when workers won a $15 minimum wage in SeaTac, Washington, in 2013, and then soon after in Seattle, the movement seemed to capture the public imagination. Less than four years since it began, the Fight for $15 movement has not only united low-wage workers across the country in a call for better wages and a voice on the job, but also pushed policymakers across the country to raise state and local minimum wage laws.