Around the Institute

International Relations in the 21st Century

April 4, 2016  • Aspen Institute Staff

This past week Aspen Institute Radio featured conversations from around the Institute about achieving peace through meditation, breakthroughs in foreign policy, and the effect that cyber threats have on national security and international relations.

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Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: Cases in Successful Diplomacy

Ambassador Robert Hutchings, professor and former chair of the National Intelligence Council, and Dr. Jeremi Suri, professor at the University of Texas discuss their new book, which analyzes the activities of a diverse group of diplomats. Cases in the book include: the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; the US opening to China; the Camp David Accords; the creation of the European Union; and the completion of the North American Free Trade Agreement. They also discuss some of the implications for current geopolitical developments in Iran, Syria, China, and Russia.

Making Peace Possible

This discussion features Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, a Tibetan lama and head of the Shambhala lineage, which is grounded in the power of creating enlightened society in everyday life. He discusses the realistic possibility of peace with an emphasis on the humanizing quality of meditation and a strategy for breaking down society into simple interactions of individual impact.

Exploring Cyber Threats, National Security, and International Relations

Presented as a special preview to the 2016 Aspen Security Forum, the focus of this discussion is cyber threats and their effect on national security and international relations. Moderated by David E. Sanger, chief Washington correspondent, The New York Times, the panel features speakers Andy Ozment, assistant secretary for cybersecurity in communications at the US Department of Homeland Security, and Jason Healey, senior research scholar at Columbia University and senior fellow/former founding director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council.

Finding Time: A Book Talk with Heather Boushey

As work demands more of employees’ time, many are asking: How can I earn a living while making sure my family doesn’t fall behind? Workers across all income brackets struggle with the United States’ outdated work-life policy framework, but the balancing act is particularly challenging and risky for low- and moderate-income workers and their families who have smaller financial margins and a weak safety net. In her new book, Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict, economist Heather Boushey argues that resolving work-life conflicts is as vital for individuals and families as it is essential for realizing the country’s productive potential.