Speaker Events - Saturday, September 13, 2008
Nancy Soderberg and Brian Katulis Discuss the Prosperity Agenda
On September 8th, the International Peace Institute held an evening reception featuring Nancy Soderberg, former White House Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, and Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, who discussed their recent book, The Prosperity Agenda: What the World Wants from America and What We Need in Return.Nancy Soderberg and Brian Katulis contend that the best way to make America more secure is to switch the focus of American policy from its present emphasis on installing democracy and holding elections to one placing a higher priority on meeting the basic needs of people domestically and internationally. When democracy is viewed as a crusade to advance US interests, it is likely to backfire. But when more of the world’s citizens see the United States working to improve their daily lives, then and only then will America be able to convince the world to join in addressing threats to global security. By promoting prosperity abroad, Americans will be safer and more prosperous at home.
The Prosperity Agenda lays out a blueprint for the next US administration to promote prosperity and address the world’s most pressing issues: terrorism, oil dependency, food shortages, climate change, global poverty, and the spread of nuclear weapons. Soderberg and Katulis argue against an approach to foreign affairs that has consisted of lecturing and threatening others. Such an approach, they argue, has brought America’s popularity around the world to an all-time low. The event, hosted by Vice President and Director of External Relations Warren Hoge, was part of a new series of evening meetings at IPI called “Beyond the Headlines,” each featuring a leading personality invited to speak on international issues and to engage in a robust discussion with experts from Permanent Missions to the UN and other members of the UN community.
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Brian Katulis and Nancy Soderberg discuss The Prosperity Agenda.
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Energy and Security in the Arctic: A New “Frozen” Conflict?
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November 22, 2013
Can Technology Play a Role in Drafting a Constitution?
The effects that new technologies can have on constitutional processes was the topic of this November 22nd IPI roundtable discussion. Approximately five new constitutions are written around the world every year, and their legitimacy is increasingly influenced by a new level of public participation in their drafting, not merely by a plebiscite on the final text. As rapidly advancing technology changes the way that governments and citizens interact, what role are new technologies playing in constitutions?
November 19, 2013
Haqqani: Pakistanis Need Honest Debate About Their Country
"We Pakistanis need an honest debate inside our country about what is Pakistan's national interest. We never have it,” said Hussain Haqqani, a former Pakistani diplomat and journalist, who was at IPI on November 19th to give a presentation on his latest book, Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States, and an Epic History of Misunderstanding.