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2011: A Year in Review (Part I)

January 9, 2012  • Tarek Rizk

Below we’ve highlighted a few of our favorite videos from 2011 which best represent the conversations featured at the Aspen Institute:

Aspen Security Forum: The below video contains a blockbuster discussion about civil liberties and rule of law in the age of terrorism. Moderated by’s Dahlia Lithwick, it features a spirited debate between ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero and two architects of the Bush White House terrorism strategy: former Attorney General and White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales and former Deputy Assistant Attorney John Yoo:

Aspen Ideas Festival: In a far-ranging discussion about the role of the opposition party in an Israel facing a changing Middle East, Tzipi Livni speaks candidly with Institute CEO Walter Isaacson:

NY Times columnist and bestselling author David Brooks talks about how modesty works and doesn’t work today:

An impressive panel of experts — including a former Egyptian ambassador to the US, a former foreign minister from Jordan, and a leading demographer of the Middle East — discusses the moment in summer 2011 when the “Arab Spring” was reaching its peak:

Two mayors focused on education and the relationship between successful schools and successful cities discuss the challenges they face. With Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, NJ and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, CA:

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson talks with NPR’s Michele Norris about the balance between protecting public health and fostering innovation to face environmental challenges in the future: