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The United Nations spent an unprecedented sum of more than $22 billion on humanitarian relief in 2013. With global issues becoming increasingly complex, transformational change for countries plagued by political strife or natural disaster can only be achieved with a long-term view for global development.
Filed in Blog Topics: Global Health and Development, Helen Clark

Above, watch the full conversation among former US Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice and former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on Russia.

Filed in Blog Topics: Russia, Ukraine, McCloskey Speaker Series
This year’s Forum will explore the tension of values among security, innovation, openness and privacy, as played out on Internet policies, and propose constructive recommendations for ensuring free expression, consumer choice, a secure country and a vibrant economy.
Filed in Blog Topics: Communications and Society Program, FOCAS
Over the weekend, the Society of Fellows celebrated its 50th Anniversary in Aspen, CO. Since its founding in 1964, the Society of Fellows has been a part of the Aspen Institute, helping it achieve its mission and create a close-knit community of donors.
Filed in Blog Topics: Society of Fellows
How can we fix childhood inactivity? Are student loan middlemen making the college debt crisis even worse? And why is the Ebola virus not just an African problem? Programs at the Aspen Institute have been scouring their respective issue areas to find and share the most insightful and informative links to answer these questions, and more.
Filed in Blog Topics: What We're Reading
The Twitter chat follows a talk with Ford Foundation President Darren Walker on the relationship between social justice and philanthropy.
Filed in Blog Topics: Philanthropy and Social Innovation
Timed for the kickoff of the recent 2014 Aspen Action Forum, Aspen Institute Fellows took to The Huffington Post-Aspen Institute channel and LinkedIn to discuss some of the major themes they explored at the Forum, such as disruption and innovation.

Filed in Blog Topics: 2014 Aspen Action Forum, innovation, disruption
Social media and other digital information tools have had a chilling effect on democracy in some troubled parts of the world, according to a panel of public diplomacy experts speaking at the Aspen Institute as part of the Hurst Lecture Series.
Filed in Blog Topics: Hurst Lecture Series
Improving the education system by expanding early education and making higher education more diverse and more affordable is America’s best bet at producing a competitive workforce for the future, a panel of Democratic governors said recently at the Aspen Institute in Aspen, CO.
Filed in Blog Topics: McCloskey Speaker Series
I've been struggling with getting my thoughts out — writing, deleting, and re-writing — since I know that what I have to say may upset my Israeli and Palestinian friends alike, as well as their respective supporters. It seems that most people on either side have lost the emotional ability and space to recognize the humanity and suffering of the other.
Filed in Blog Topics: Gaza, Israel

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