Past Lectures

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

  • 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 the...
  • 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 of Cubans...
  • 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, transport and...
  • 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 East and...
  • 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, but also...
  • 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 New...
  • 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 it...
  • 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 Senate...
  • 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 high-...
  • 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 means of...
  • Apr. 6, 2016
    Alan Berube

    Inequality, Mobility, and Cities

    The Brookings Mountain West invites you to attend a lecture titled, Inequality, Mobility, and Cities, by Alan Berube, senior fellow and deputy director, Metropolitan Studies. Inequality may be the result of global economic forces, but it matters in a local sense. Large population, diverse housing types, and generally progressive politics mean that big cities will always have higher shares of the...
  • Mar. 30, 2016
    Vanda Felbab-Brown

    Negotiating with Terrorists or Defeating Them: Counterinsurgency and Reconciliation Lessons from Colombia, Afghanistan, and Somalia

    Brookings Mountain West invites you to attend a lecture titled, Negotiating with Terrorists or Defeating Them: Counterinsurgency and Reconciliation Lessons from Colombia, Afghanistan, and Somalia, by Vanda Felbab-Brown, senior fellow, Foreign Policy. This lecture reviews the evolution in insurgency and terrorism in Colombia, Somalia, and Afghanistan. Drawing on Dr. Felbab-Brown’s extensive...
  • Mar. 9, 2016
    Robert Puentes

    A New Economic Vision for America’s Infrastructure

    The Brookings Mountain West invites you to attend a lecture titled, A New Economic Vision for America’s Infrastructure, by Rob Puentes, senior fellow, Metropolitan Studies. Disruptive markets and demographic, fiscal, and environmental dynamics are fundamentally reshaping America’s economic landscape. In this new reality, the United States should think of infrastructure not in the general but in...
  • Mar. 2, 2016
    Elizabeth Akers

    Reconciling the Rhetoric & Reality of Student Loan Debt

    The Brookings Mountain West invites you to attend a lecture titled, Reconciling the Rhetoric & Reality of Student Loan Debt, by Elizabeth Akers, fellow, Governance Studies. Student loan debt has increased over the past three decades. This lecture will identify the factors that led to that increase in student loan debt what economic and social factors drove that increase. The talk will also...
  • Feb. 24, 2016
    Elizabeth Kneebone

    The Changing Geography of Poverty & Opportunity in Nevada

    The Brookings Mountain West invites you to attend a lecture titled, The Changing Geography of Poverty & Opportunity in Nevada, by Elizabeth Kneebone, fellow, Metropolitan Studies. Today, suburbs are home to the largest and fastest growing poor population in the country. Regions like Las Vegas have been at the forefront of that trend since 2000. Elizabeth Kneebone, co-author of the book...
  • Feb. 3, 2016
    Philip LeCorre

    France and Europe after November 13, 2015

    The Brookings Mountain West invites you to attend a lecture titled, France and Europe after November 13, 2015, by Philippe Le Corre, fellow, Foreign Policy. In the two and one half months after the Paris attacks, the worst ever staged in the French capital since World War II, France has reacted strongly by enhancing counter-terrorism actions and striking Daesh in Syria. Meanwhile, the people of...
  • Oct. 7, 2015
    Joshua Meltzer

    Climate Change and Economic Development: Prospects for a Global Agenda

    The Brookings Mountain West invites you to attend a lecture by Joshua Meltzer titled, "Climate Change and Economic Development: Prospects for a Global Agenda." In 2015 the world will agree on a set of post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs), the G20 will meet to discuss these goals with a focus on “investment” and “inclusion,” and the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change...
  • Sep. 22, 2015
    Michael O'Hanlon

    The Future of Land Warfare

    Brookings Mountain West and the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs are pleased to announce a public lecture by Michael O'Hanlon. "The Future of Land Warfare"  In my new book, "The Future of Land Warfare" (Brookings Institution Press, 2015), I attempt to debunk the new conventional wisdom (which began with the Obama administration but also permeates thinking beyond): Messy ground operations can be...