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Is today's Congress capable of having a debate on the strategy against Islamic State?
Filed in Blog Topics: Aspen Journal of Ideas
The Aspen Institute Community Excellence Program announced the 10 finalists for the 2015 #AspenPrize for Community College Excellence. The program's executive director hosted a Twitter chat to celebrate the finalists and share what makes these schools so outstanding for the students and communities.
Filed in Blog Topics: Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Community College
In the US, all signs are pointing to a growing manufacturing industry now seen as a "rising star" in the world market. Thanks to an abundance of natural gas cutting energy costs, an increase in auto sales, and a host of other factors, the US manufacturing industry is now growing at its fastest pace within the past three years. But there's one obstacle standing in the way of a full US manufacturing resurgence and the improved job numbers that could come with it: a lack of skilled American workers.
Filed in Blog Topics: Manufacturing and Society in the 21st Century, Skills gap

Former Palestinian National Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad shares an intimate account of his vision for Palestine and how to go about mobilizing and engaging Palestinians.

Filed in Blog Topics: Salam Fayyad, Middle East Programs
When it comes to pot, the federal government has completely abdicated its role in one of the great past successes of public health law and policy: preventing the marketing of hazardous substances to minors.
Filed in Blog Topics: Justice and Society program
In the America of the future, who will “us” be? This was a question asked during the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival. During a time where the concept of American identity is changing, the newly launched Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program will seek to provide answers to that question through events, seminars, publications, and more.
Filed in Blog Topics: Citizenship and American Identity Program
What is the impact of technology on student learning? According to Jim Shelton, deputy secretary at the US Department of Education, the benefits of adding digital educational tools to curriculum extend far beyond the classroom. Shelton, who is known in the education world for his work in the intersection of education and innovation, recently spoke about the subject at the Aspen Institute.
Regardless of background or socioeconomic status, all parents want to be good parents, and we believe it is within every parent’s capacity to support his or her child’s development through low-cost, everyday engagement and activities. Ascend shares that conviction.
Filed in Blog Topics: Ascend at the Aspen Institute, two-generation strategy
As the fall season approaches and Congress is back in session, the Aspen Institute is gearing up for a busy season of events on myriad topics affecting our lives today. We invite you to join us — by watching live online — to witness and participate in these conversations.
The Journal features a curated collection of essays, conversations, and opinions from the thought leaders of the Institute community. The Journal aims to capture the Institute’s mission of fostering critical conversation within its online pages.
Filed in Blog Topics: Aspen Journal of Ideas

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