Past Lectures

Select from the list below to view presentations or watch videos of past Brookings Mountain West lectures and events.

  • Sep. 19, 2018
    Geoffrey Gerts, Brookings Scholar Lecture Series Speaker

    Commercial Interests in American Foreign Policy

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled "Commercial Interests in American Foreign Policy, from Dollar Diplomacy to the Trump Administration" by Post-Doctoral Fellow in Economy and Development, Geoffrey Gertz. Throughout history, foreign investors have often relied on their home governments for support in managing complex...
  • Apr. 11, 2018
    Molly Reynolds

    The Politics of Republican Governors

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled "When Interests Collide: The Politics of Republican Governors in an Era of Unified Republican Federal Control" by Brookings Fellow in Governance Studies, Molly Reynolds. This lecture will focus on three key questions. First, what are policy areas where the political interests of states,...
  • Apr. 4, 2018
    Martha Ross

    Challenges Facing Youth Entering the Labor Market

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled "Challenges Facing Youth Entering the Labor Market" by Fellow in Metropolitan Policy, Martha Ross. Labor force participation and employment are declining among teens and young adults, suggesting that fewer young people are having the kinds of work experiences that prepare them for the world of...
  • Mar. 7, 2018
    Richard Reeves speaking

    Upward Mobility in the Mountain West

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled "Upward Mobility in the Mountain West" by Senior Fellow in Economic Studies, Richard Reeves. This lecture examines the state of the American dream in the Mountain West. Which cities and states have the highest rates of upward social mobility, and why? What role do colleges and universities...
  • Feb. 14, 2018
    Screenshot

    A Demographic Bridge to America’s Diverse Future

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled "A Demographic Bridge to America's Diverse Future" by Brookings Senior Fellow in Metropolitan Policy, William Frey. As a bridge generation between a whiter older America and the more multi-hued country of the future, as leaders and role models, millennials will play an important part in...
  • Feb. 7, 2018

    Obama’s Fight for Rigor and Results in Social Policy

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled "Obama’s Fight for Rigor and Results in Social Policy" by Brookings Senior Fellow in Economic Studies, Ron Haskins. This lecture tells the story of how the Obama administration changed the role of evidence in federal policymaking. Based on public documents and 135 interviews with major players...
  • Nov. 15, 2017
    Danny Bahar

    What Drives Economic Growth?

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled "What drives economic growth? A look into structural transformation and export diversification" by Brookings Fellow in Global Economy and Development, Dany Bahar.  About 60 percent of cross-country income differences can be explained by productivity differences. In the long-run, productivity...
  • Oct. 18, 2017
    Samantha Gross

    Paris Agreement 101

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled, "Paris Agreement 101" by Brookings Fellow in Foreign Policy, Samantha Gross. The Paris Agreement reached at the end of 2015 represents a significant change in how the world approaches the “wicked problem” of climate change. The bottom-up approach to commitments brought the world on board, but...
  • Oct. 4, 2017
    Jonathan Pollack

    An Asia-Pacific Strategy: Where is the U.S. Headed?

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled “The Search for an Asia-Pacific Strategy: Where is the United States Headed?” by Brookings Fellow in Foreign Policy, Johnathan Pollack. Asia and the Pacific has long been a vital priority for American political, economic and security interests. However, the historically unprecedented shift in...
  • Sep. 13, 2017

    Alt-Truth: Can Reality Survive the Era of Trump?

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled "Alt-Truth: Can Reality Survive the Era of Trump?" by Brookings Fellow in Governance Studies, Jonathan Rauch. The ability of our citizens, media representatives, and public officials to distinguish objective truth from opinion depends on social conventions that accept a claim as knowledge only...
  • Apr. 4, 2017
    Vanda Felbab-Brown, Brookings Scholar

    Narco Noir: Mexico's Cartels, Cops, and Corruption

    The Brookings Mountain West invites you to attend a lecture titled, Narco Noir: Mexico’s Cartels, Cops, and Corruption given by Vanda Felbab-Brown, Brookings Scholar. Based on Felbab-Brown’s forthcoming book of the same name, the lecture will review the evolution of organized crime in Mexico, the escalation of criminal violence there during the 2000s, and the security policies adopted by...
  • Mar. 29, 2017
     Theodore Piccone

    Cuba and the United States: Does Engaging Our Adversaries Work?

    The Brookings Mountain West invites you to attend a lecture titled, Cuba and the United States: Does Engaging Our Adversaries Work? given by Theodore Piccone, Brookings Scholar. After fifty years of hostilities, the United States is normalizing relations with a Cuba that is slowly changing toward a hybrid model of gradual economic liberalization and restricted political life.  Thousands...
  • Mar. 22, 2017
    Jeffrey Gutman

    Changing the Focus of Urban Transport from Congestion to Access

    The Brookings Mountain West invites you to attend a lecture titled, Changing the Focus of Urban Transport from Congestion to Access given by Jeffrey Gutman, Brookings Scholar The traditional approach of urban transport planners has been to focus on the reduction of traffic congestion. More recently, with the growth of cities worldwide and the ever-present challenge of congestion,...
  • Mar. 1, 2017
    John R. Allen

    The New 100 Years War?

    The Brookings Mountain West invites you to attend a lecture titled, The New 100 Years War? Causes of Regional Instability and the Rise of the Islamic State given by John R. Allen, General, USMC (Ret.), Brookings Scholar. The region traditionally known as the Muslim Tier, stretching from the North African Atlantic Coast, across the North Africa and the African Sahel, through the Middle...
  • Feb. 8, 2017
    Richard Reeves

    Dream Hoarders

    The Brookings Mountain West invites you to attend a lecture titled, Dream Hoarders: The Dangerous Separation of the American Upper Middle Class given by Richard Reeves, Brookings Scholar This lecture blends economics, philosophy and policy analysis to examine the growing gap between the upper middle class (broadly the top 20 percent) and the majority of Americans. In terms of dollars,...
  • Nov. 29, 2016
    Steven Pifer

    U.S. - Russia Relations: A Reset in 2017?

    Brookings Mountain West presents U.S. - Russia Relations: A Reset in 2017? a talk by Steven Pifer, senior fellow, foreign policy, Brookings Institution, as part of the Fall 2016 Brookings Scholar Lecture Series. Will a new reset be possible in 2017 that could lift U.S.-Russian relations from their current post-Cold War low? Barack Obama’s reset in 2009 scored early successes, such as the...
  • Nov. 15, 2016
    Devashree Saha

    Growth Without (Emissions) Growth: State Progress and Drift on Decoupling

    Brookings Mountain West presents Growth Without (Emissions) Growth: State Progress and Drift on Decoupling, a talk by Devashree Saha, Ph.D., senior policy associate & associate fellow, Metropolitan Policy, Brookings Institution, as part of the Fall 2016 Brookings Scholar Lecture Series. Decoupling of GDP growth from growth in carbon emissions is taking on an increasing salience since...
  • Oct. 4, 2016
    Molly Reynolds

    Partisan Politics of the Congressional Budget Process

    Brookings Mountain West presents The Partisan Politics of the Congressional Budget Process a talk by Molly Reynolds, Ph.D., fellow, governance studies, Brookings Institution, as part of the Fall 2016 Brookings Scholar Lecture Series. Observers of Congress often cite the budget process as evidence of the institution’s contemporary dysfunction. Indeed, in the past ten years, the House and...
  • Sep. 29, 2016
    Michael Hansen

    Access to Quality Teaching: Myths, Facts, and Potential Policy Solutions for the Future

    Brookings Mountain West presents Access to Quality Teaching: Myths, Facts, and Potential Policy Solutions for the Future, a talk by Michael Hansen, Ph.D., senior fellow, education policy, Brookings Institution, as part of the Fall 2016 Brookings Scholar Lecture Series. Many believe the public schools serving the most affluent students have a monopoly on quality teaching, and schools in...
  • Sep. 21, 2016
    Benjamin Wittes

    Sextortion: How Big a Problem is It?

    Brookings Mountain West presents Sextortion: How Big a Problem is It? a talk by Benjamin Wittes, Ph.D., senior fellow, governance studies, Brookings Institution, as part of the Fall 2016 Brookings Scholar Lecture Series. The word “sextortion” is a prosecutorial slang for a new kind of cybersecurity problem: the extortion of sexual conduct online by victims—often a great many of them—by...