On February 15–16, President Barack Obama will host the 10 leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, at a special U.S.-ASEAN summit at the Sunnylands Estate in California. The Obama administration has prioritized engagement with ASEAN as a key pillar of its rebalance strategy to the Asia-Pacific, and this unique summit is an illustration of this new direction for U.S. policy in the region. U.S.-ASEAN relations are vital to U.S. economic competitiveness in the Asia-Pacific and an essential part of addressing key regional security issues, including maritime disputes in the South China Sea, nonproliferation, human trafficking, and climate change. This upcoming summit is sure to address these issues and more.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a conversation with leading experts to discuss the barriers to expanding apprenticeship in the United States and to consider what policy solutions can be implemented to expand opportunities for workers to get in-demand skills through apprenticeship.
Please join the Center for American Progress, the American Constitution Society, and the Constitutional Accountability Center for a conversation with U.S. Supreme Court litigators and experts to discuss the impact that Justice Alito has had on the Court and the law during his first ten years on the bench.
The Center for American Progress will host an important and timely discussion to mark the release of its report on how the Obama administration and Congress can modernize the nation's nuclear arsenal within its existing budget constraints—without undermining its moral boundaries in the battle against nuclear proliferation and its conventional capabilities to confront our current national security challenges.
In conjunction with the report, CAP will release a web-based interactive that will allow each user to learn about the different nuclear capabilities of the United States and gives them the ability to build their own recommendation.
By the year 2020, science, technology, engineering, and math—or STEM—jobs are projected to grow as much as 62 percent. Yet the number of girls who have access to high-quality STEM and computer science, or CS, learning opportunities—or who see these disciplines as possible careers—remains low. Please join Google and the Center for American Progress for a conversation about the current environment for women and girls in STEM and CS and new initiatives that aim to increase the number of girls in computer science.
The Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 10, 2015, includes a number of key provisions that are aimed at addressing the problems with today’s testing systems in schools. The new law, which replaces No Child Left Behind, provides an opportunity for states and districts to move toward more coherent, aligned assessment systems that support student learning. There is a risk, however, that states and districts might not take advantage of this opportunity and might instead continue on their current paths. A forthcoming report from the Center for American Progress looks deeply at this issue, examining the problems and possibilities around testing and providing specific recommendations to help federal, state, and local leaders realize the promise of testing to support stronger systems of teaching and learning as they implement ESSA. Ultimately, states and districts should develop coherent, aligned systems of formative, interim, and summative assessments that meaningfully track student progress throughout the year and ultimately drive better student learning gains.
Due to inclement weather, this event has been postponed.
Prescription drug prices are too high and rising fast. In 2014, retail prescription drug spending increased more than 12 percent, driving up the overall rate of health care-cost growth. With about half of all Americans—and 90 percent of seniors—taking a prescription drug in any given month, this growing crisis is not sustainable. Please join the Center for American Progress for a conversation with U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and leading experts to discuss this crucial issue and to consider policy options to lower costs for consumers, improve transparency in the pharmaceutical industry, and ensure that drug prices reflect their benefits to patients.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion with Christian Weller and Elizabeth Olson, contributing writer for The New York Times
, about the range of realistic policies that can address the retirement crisis in a meaningful way and build real retirement security for American families.
The inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, people in America’s faith traditions has long been a point of debate. Over the past several years, more faith communities have publicly and personally embraced their gay and lesbian members. Unfortunately, understanding of transgender people and their experiences within religious communities lags behind. It is past time for a loving, inclusive, and informative public conversation around transgender people, gender identity, and religion.
The world is facing resurgent and evolving threats from weapons of mass destruction. Recent events show the far-ranging spectrum we must contend with—from persistent state-based dangers such as North Korea, to continued chemical weapons use in Syria, to terrorist organizations such as ISIS growing increasingly capable of obtaining or improvising weapons of mass destruction.
The Paris climate summit has focused the world’s attention on the fundamental shift in global finance flows that will be necessary to limit carbon pollution and adapt to the effects of climate change. Yet, despite new finance commitments in Paris from governments and the private sector, there remains a vast shortfall in funding for clean energy, natural capital, and climate resilience.
In February, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos will visit Washington, D.C., to celebrate the 15 years of cooperation between Colombia and the United States that have helped transform Colombia from a state teetering on the edge of failure to one on the doorstep of a historic peace agreement that could bring an end to the longest-running internal armed conflict in the Western hemisphere. The visit also will provide an opportunity to define the next chapter in one of the most important bilateral relationships in the Americas.
As the Supreme Court term heads toward the halfway mark, a large number of high-stakes cases will produce long-lasting consequences for how “equal justice under law” is defined and achieved. Each case alone threatens big changes in the lives of everyday Americans. Together, they could result in a dramatic, conservative shift in the law and a significant expansion in the Court’s role—from increasing conservative political power; to further depriving women’s access to health care; to undermining workers’ rights and immigration rights; to eliminating diversity in higher education, this is a critical year for political, civil, and individual rights at the Supreme Court.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a panel discussion on what is at stake at the Supreme Court this year and what we can expect in the coming months.
The severe and worsening inequality in the United States means that access to opportunity is often dependent on where a person lives. Yet due to a lack of available affordable housing and deeply rooted patterns of residential segregation, where people live depends in large part on their income, race, and ethnicity. Policies that promote residential mobility while also reinvesting in racially segregated and high-poverty neighborhoods are crucial for reducing inequality and promoting healthy communities.