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Foreign Affairs and Defense
Monday, January 23, 12:00-1:30 PM, in B-338 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to [email protected]

Though America’s continuing economic malaise dominates the national political conversation, major developments abroad will demand the president’s attention in 2012. Social unrest in the Arab world and Russia, the rise (and decline) of China, Iranian brinksmanship, terrorism, and maintaining a capable military in an era of budget cuts are serious challenges for the commander in chief.

Before President Barack Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address to Congress and the nation, join American Enterprise Institute scholars Leon Aron, Daniel Blumenthal, Mackenzie Eaglen and Frederick Kagan for a lively conversation. AEI Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Danielle Pletka will moderate the discussion.

Related material:

Strait talk with Iran” by Frederick W. Kagan

Following One’s conscience, part 2: a quest for democratic citizenship” by Leon Aron

Against the East Asia ‘pivot‘” by Dan Blumenthal

What’s likely in the new Pentagon strategy” by Mackenzie Eaglen


Tuesday, January 24, 8:30-10:00 AM, in B-338 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Breakfast will be served. Please RSVP to [email protected]

The economy continues to be the top policy issue for the American public, and it is likely to continue as a primary concern in 2012 and beyond. What should congressional staff look for in 2012? Will there be an economic recovery? How about job growth? What will happen with taxes and entitlements? Will Europe’s economic problems impact us? What is our economic outlook?

On the morning of President Obama’s State of the Union address, join members of the AEI economic policy team, Kevin Hassett, Alex Brill, Alan Viard and John Makin, for a discussion about the state of our economy in 2012 and beyond.

Health Care

Wednesday, January 25, 12:00-1:30 PM, in CVC Congressional Meeting Room North. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to [email protected]

In 2012, a number of health care-related issues promise to be on the minds of policymakers and the public. The Department of Health and Human Services will implement more of the Affordable Care Act, impacting states and the insurance market structure. Medicare and Medicaid will exert increasing pressure on the budget and will impact policy decisions. The FDA will face challenges, including drug shortages that began in 2011.

Join AEI health policy scholars Joe Antos, Thomas Miller, and Robert Helms for a discussion about health and budget policy challenges this year.


Thursday, January 26, 12:00-1:30 PM, in B-338 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to [email protected]

In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency exercised an unprecedented amount of regulatory authority, the green jobs movement shifted into relative obscurity, and the call for increased domestic oil production grew louder. In 2012, we are sure to see an even greater number of changes in the energy sector, particularly as policymakers continue to tie domestic energy production to job growth.

Join AEI’s Ken Green and Steve Hayward for a discussion of the data and rationale behind current energy policy in the U.S. and a preview of what we might see in 2012 and beyond.

Financial Services

Friday, January 27, 9:00-10:30 AM, in B338 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Breakfast will be served. Please RSVP to [email protected]

The American financial system is fragile and still recovering from the mortgage bubble. Dodd-Frank implementation will continue through 2012 and policymakers will be faced with how to deal with systematic risk. Is FHA following the path to insolvency that Fannie and Freddie took? What other risks are out there? How healthy are the banking and housing finance systems in this country? How will Europe’s financial situation impact our financial services system?

At the end of State of the Union week, please join Peter Wallison, Alex Pollock, Desmond Lachman and Ed Pinto from the AEI Financial Services policy team for a discussion about the State of the Union and the challenges facing our financial services system in 2012 and beyond.




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