March 7, 2014 - March 8, 2014

*This event is by-invitation only.

March 6, 2014
Washington, DC, United States
Middle East Programs

In a roundtable discussion led by Aspen Institute president and CEO Walter Isaacson, journalist and author Marwan Muasher will be discussing his new book, "The Second Arab Awakening and the Battle for Pluralism," in which he provides essential steps for the next generation of leaders to create opportunity for the region. Muasher assesses each Arab state’s progress toward pluralism, the economic and social issues it must address, the key players in its current political scene, and the potential third forces that might drive reform. He provides essential information on each Islamic party’s historical and current positions, highlighting differences that are often overlooked. He makes clear the ways misguided Western efforts to combat Islamism have strengthened it, and provides the most thorough analysis available of the ways the Israeli-Palestinian conflict interferes with the development of pluralism and peace in the region.

Books will be available for purchase after the event.

March 6, 2014 - March 11, 2014
Moganshan, China
The goal of the China Fellowship Program is to energize China’s private sector business leaders to step up to this challenge in a meaningful fashion. Read More
March 5, 2014
New York, NY
Aspen Institute Arts Program

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, whose third novel Americanah was selected by The New York Times as one of the 10 Best Books of 2013, joins Aspen Institute Arts Program Director Damian Woetzel in a conversation on the role of literature and the arts in a discourse on race and gender.

Adichie will discuss her novels, including "Americanah," an exploration of the African identity in America, and other works such as "Half of a Yellow Sun," a historical novel set during Nigeria’s Biafran war. Adichie is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship Awardee, and was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine in 2012.  

March 5, 2014
Aspen, CO

Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. Her newest book, "A Year of Miracles," was released in December 2013. Six of her ten published books have been New York Times Bestsellers. Her other books include "A Return to Love," "The Age of Miracles," "Everyday Grace," "A Woman's Worth," "Illuminata," "Healing the Soul of America," "The Gift of Change" and "The Law of Divine Compensation."

She has been a popular guest on television programs such as "Oprah," "Larry King Live," "Good Morning America" and "Charlie Rose." She founded Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area, as well as the Department of Peace Campaign, a grass roots campaign to establish a United States Department of Peace.

In 2006, Newsweek magazine named Williamson one of the 50 most influential baby boomers. Williamson is currently a candidate for the US House of Representatives from California’s 33rd District.

The Murdock Mind, Body, Spirit Series is generously underwritten by Gina and Jerry Murdock

Fee: $20. Tickets go on sale February 10 at or by calling (970) 920-5770. This event is complimentary for Society of Fellows members. Donors may reserve tickets by contacting or (970) 544-7924. 

*Unclaimed tickets may be available for purchase at the door. The waitlist will begin 30 minutes prior to event start time.

March 5, 2014
Madrid, Spain

*This event is by-invitation only. 

March 5, 2014
Washington, DC
Middle East Programs

According to UNHCR, the number of Syrian refugees has surpassed 2 million, with Lebanon receiving the lion’s share, followed by Jordan, Turkey, and Iraq. The continual influx of refugees has begun to burden neighboring regions’ social and sectarian fabric. If left unchecked, the refugee crisis could deplete neighboring countries’ resources and further imperil stability in the country.

Even more threatening than the regional influx is the internal displacement of a quarter of the Syrian population. An estimated 6.8 million people are in dire need of assistance, but with no resolution to the military conflict, tens of thousands of civilians are trapped in areas with no access to food, clean water, medical care, and shelter. 

Government and UN officials and experts on forced migration and humanitarian relief will discuss the context and implications of the growing refugee crisis. The objective will be to suggest, in consideration of regional politics and demographics, several domestic and international policy responses aimed at managing and mitigating the destabilizing effects of the growing refugee population.


  • David Miliband, president and CEO, International Rescue Committee
  • Dr. Najib Ghadbian, special representative to the United States for the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces
  • Amb. Namik Tan, ambassador of Turkey to the US
  • Amb. Alia Hatoug Bouran, ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the US
  • Dr. Nabeel Khoury, senior fellow on the Middle East and national security, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs (Impact on Lebanon)
  • David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times
  • Anne Richard, assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration
  • Mark Silverman, deputy head of Washington delegation, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Steve Inskeep, host of "Morning Edition," NPR

March 4, 2014
Aspen, CO

In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today, as featured in the 2014 Foreign Policy Association briefing book. This year’s topics will include defense technology, Israel and the US and Turkey’s challenges, the Islamic Awakening, energy independence, food and climate, China’s foreign policy, and US trade policy.

This week's topic: Food and Climate

Even as a sixth of the world’s population suffers from chronic hunger, a changing climate threatens to wreak havoc on already insecure and vulnerable populations. As food and water become scarce and once fertile land becomes barren, the U.S. finds itself faced with new challenges in securing the globe. The U.S. is getting ready, but can it lead the way to climate reform?

Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. The Great Decisions program is now full.

March 4, 2014
Washington, DC
Initiative on Financial Security
Retirement savings are a key to building wealth, strengthening the middle class, and building a greater measure of financial security for all Americans. Current policy rewards employers, financial institutions, and workers for saving, but millions still remain outside of the savings system and a crisis of retirement insecurity looms. The briefing "Working Towards a Secure Retirement: Strengthening our Nation's Savings System" will examine the policies that can be advanced to enable all Americans to achieve lifelong financial security. Read More
March 4, 2014
Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI)

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The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation and Social Finance US are co-hosting an event to celebrate the launch of Social Finance's latest white paper, "Foundations for Social Impact Bonds: How and Why Philanthropy is Catalyzing the Development of a New Market."

Social Finance US will present the research findings followed by a panel discussion that explores the catalytic role foundations have played in the market and what role they may play as the market matures.


  • Tracy Palandjian, CEO and co-founder, Social Finance US
  • Jonathan Greenblatt, director, White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation
  • Surya Kolluri, managing director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Bill Pinakiewicz, vice president, Nonprofit Finance Fund 
  • Jane Hughes, director of knowledge management, Social Finance US
  • Moderator: Kippy Joseph, associate director, innovation, Rockefeller Foundation

March 3, 2014 - March 6, 2014
Austin, TX
Communications and Society Program


Announcement of Task Force recommendations
March 2, 2014
Aspen, CO, United States
Business and Society Program
Charles Duhigg will speak on the role of habits in organizational life – how they develop and how they change. (Book signing to follow) Read More
March 1, 2014 - March 6, 2014
Aspen, CO
Fellows from across the Aspen Global Leadership Network, all of whom will have attended both The Challenge of Leadership Seminar as well as The Aspen Seminar, attend the Leading in an Era of Globalization seminar. In the former, Fellows were asked to reflect on the attributes of “effective, enlightened leadership”; in the latter, on the concept of the Good Society. In this seminar, they will explore the challenges placed at their feet as leaders in a period of increasing interconnectedness. Read More
March 1, 2014 - March 6, 2014
Moganshan, China

Fellows from across the Aspen Global Leadership Network, all of whom will have attended both The Challenge of Leadership Seminar as well as The Aspen Seminar, attend the Leading in an Era of Globalization seminar. In the former, Fellows were asked to reflect on the attributes of “effective, enlightened leadership”; in the latter, on the concept of the Good Society. In this seminar, they will explore the challenges placed at their feet as leaders in a period of increasing interconnectedness.

Moderators include:

  • Dele Olojede
  • Watanan Petersik
  • Christopher Varelas

The Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) is comprised of highly successful entrepreneurial leaders with a focus on values and sights on creating a better society. To learn more about this network, visit

March 1, 2014
Denver, CO

The Aspen challenge completion Day is where the students present their solutions.

February 28, 2014 - March 2, 2014
February 27, 2014
San Francisco, CA, United States

Featuring Sal Khan, founder, Khan Academy.
The Morris Series is made possible by a generous donation from Aspen Institute Trustee Diane L. Morris. This new Series will bring the mission and work of the Institute to an invited group of supporters, friends, and new audiences in the San Francisco area. The Series will address innovation and technology with an underlying theme of leadership based on enduring values and nonpartisan exchange.

February 27, 2014
Washington, DC
Health, Medicine and Society Program

The Aspen Institute and The Advisory Board Company are proud to present the Care Innovation Summit 2014. The Summit will convene policymakers, providers, and leading innovators to explore opportunities to drive higher-value care and better health for individuals and populations.

Keynote by: Kathleen Sebelius, United States Secretary of Health and Human Services

Featured Speakers include:

  • Jeffrey Brenner, MD, Director, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
  • Patrick Conway, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Senator Thomas Daschle, former Senate Majority Leader
  • Kathy Hudson, PhD, Deputy Director for Science, Outreach, and Policy, National Institutes of Health 
  • Ken Davis, MD, President and CEO, Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • Senator William Frist, MD, former Senate Majority Leader
  • Claudia Grossmann, PhD, Senior Program Officer, Institute of Medicine
  • David Lansky, PhD, President and CEO, Pacific Business Group on Health
  • Farzad Mostashari, MD, Visiting Fellow at The Brookings Institute, former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
  • Peter Orszag, PhD, MsC, Vice Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking, Citigroup
  • Thomas A. Scully, JD, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Murray Sheldon, MD, Associate Director of Technology and Innovation at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, US Food and Drug Administration

February 27, 2014 - March 2, 2014
Aspen, CO
Business and Society Program
The First Movers Summit explores business innovations with social and environmental benefits. Read More