Past Lectures

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

  • Apr. 15, 2015
    Jeffrey Gutman

    Public Procurement: The Achilles Heel of Good Governance

    Brookings Mountain West presents “Public Procurement: The Achilles Heel of Good Governance” by Jeffrey Gutman, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development. Development aid is defined as the financial aid given by governments and agencies to support the economic, environmental, social, and political needs of developing countries. With the government acquisition of goods, civil works, and...
  • Apr. 8, 2015
    Jeremy Shapiro

    U.S. Military Intervention and the American Presidency

    Brookings Mountain West presents “U.S. Military Intervention and the American Presidency" a talk by Jeremy Shapiro, senior fellow, Foreign Policy. U.S. military intervention has long been among the most visible and dramatic manifestations of American leadership in global affairs. Even in a time of relative decline, U.S. military supremacy, and the willingness to use it, remains one of the most...
  • Mar. 25, 2015
    Ross Hammond

    Community-Level Action and Interventions to Improve Public Health — Tobacco Control, Obesity, and Community Dynamics

    Brookings Mountain West presents “Community-Level Action and Interventions to Improve Public Health – Tobacco Control, Obesity, and Community Dynamics” a talk by Ross A. Hammond, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies and Director, Center on Social Dynamics and Policy. There is growing recognition bottom-up, community-level action may be one of the most effective ways to address complex problems (...
  • Mar. 11, 2015
    Joshua Meltzer,

    Mega-Regional Free Trade Agreements – Is the U.S. Gambling with the Global Trading System

    Brookings Mountain West presents “Mega-regional Free Trade Agreements – is the U.S. gambling with the Global Trading System” a talk by Joshua Meltzer, Fellow, Global Economy and Development. This lecture will discuss the impact of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations on U.S. economic competitiveness and leadership in Asia...
  • Feb. 25, 2015
    Climate Change, Natural Disasters, and Human Rights

    Climate Change, Natural Disasters, and Human Rights

    Brookings Mountain West presents “Climate Change, Natural Disasters, and Human Rights” a talk by Elizabeth Ferris, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy. This lecture examines trends in natural disasters, the effects of climate change, and their impact on human rights, including economic costs, the displacement/migration of people, and the likelihood that the poor and marginalized are most likely to be...
  • Feb. 11, 2015
    Vanda Felbab-Brown

    Water Crimes: A Global Crisis on the Rise

    Brookings Mountain West presents “Water Crimes: A Global Crisis on the Rise” a talk Vanda Felbab-Brown, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy. Increasing urbanization, climate-change, deforestation, and poor agricultural, energy, and water-use policies are producing a severe scarcity of water in many parts of the world – a resource without substitutes. While the Middle East, South Asia, China, Central...
  • Nov. 20, 2014
    Carol Graham

    The Unequal Pursuit of Happiness in the U.S.: Inequality in Agency, Optimism, and Access to the American Dream

     Brookings Mountain West presents "The Unequal Pursuit of Happiness in the U.S.: Inequality in Agency, Optimism, and Access to the American Dream" a talk by Carol Graham, who is the Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development. The Declaration of Independence promises the opportunity to seek life fulfillment and happiness – in its fullest sense- for all U.S. citizens. Is...
  • Nov. 5, 2014
    Niam Yaraghi

    Health Information Exchange: Growth and Patient Privacy

    Brookings Mountain West presents "Health Information Exchange: Growth and Patient Privacy" a talk by Niam Yaraghi, fellow, governance studies. Health Information Exchanges (HIE) provide the electronic movement of health-related information among organizations according to nationally recognized standards. The goal of health information exchange is to facilitate access to and retrieval of clinical...
  • Oct. 22, 2014
    Mark Muro

    Power America's — and Nevada's — Advanced Industries: State by State, Region by Region

    Brookings Mountain West presents "Power America's — and Nevada's — Advanced Industries: State by State, Region by Region" a talk by Mark Muro, senior fellow and policy director, Metropolitan Policy Program. With the U.S. economy still flat, economic experts and leaders continue to search for the next source of U.S. and regional growth. One key component of the next era of prosperity can be...
  • Oct. 15, 2014
    Adele Morris

    EPA’s Proposed Greenhouse Gas Regulation for Power Plants: How does it work, and what will it mean for Nevada?

    Brookings Mountain West presents "EPA’s Proposed Greenhouse Gas Regulation for Power Plants: How does it work, and what will it mean for Nevada?" A talk by Adele Morris, fellow and policy director, Climate and Energy Economics Project. In June, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed important new limits on carbon dioxide emissions from existing U.S. power plants. The new regulation is the...
  • Oct. 1, 2014
    John Hudak

    Fixing the U.S. Congress by Embracing Earmarks

    Brookings Mountain West presents "Fixing the U.S. Congress by Embracing Earmarks" a talk by John Hudak, fellow, governance studies. Too often, earmarks, pork barrel politics, and other types of federal spending are seen as a problem in American politics. Nothing could be further from the truth. Congress’ abandonment of earmarks, the deconstruction of the appropriations process, and the breakdown...
  • Sep. 23, 2014
    Richard Reeves

    Grit and Dreams: Character Strengths, Social Mobility and the American Dream

    Brookings Mountain West presents "Grit and Dreams: Character Strengths, Social Mobility and the American Dream" a talk by Richard V. Reeves, fellow, economic studies. The issue of social mobility is at the forefront of current political debate. President Obama has described it as ‘the defining challenge of our times.’ Paul Ryan says that the ‘engines of upward mobility have stalled.’ Most...
  • Sep. 10, 2014
    Johnathan Rothwell

    The Shortage of Skilled Workers: Quality Jobs for a Trained Workforce

    Brookings Mountain West presents “The Shortage of Skilled Workers: Quality Jobs for a Trained Workforce” a talk by Jonathan Rothwell, fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program.  The Great Recession of 2008 temporarily solved employer workforce needs by lowering demand and increasing the number of unemployed skilled workers. After a few years of modest but sustained economic growth, the labor...
  • Apr. 7, 2014
    John Page

    Three African Futures

    Brookings Mountain West presents “Three African Futures” a talk by John Page, senior fellow, Global Economy and Development. Africa has experienced a remarkable turn-around in economic performance since 1995. It grew at around 4.6 percent per year during the first decade of the 21st century, and the region boasts three of the world’s ten fastest-growing countries. Cheerleaders as diverse as the...
  • Mar. 26, 2014
    Michael O'Hanlon

    Strategic Reassurance and Resolve: U.S.-China Relations in the Twenty-First Century

    Brookings Mountain West presents “Strategic Reassurance and Resolve: U.S.-China Relations in the Twenty-First Century,” a talk by Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow, Foreign Policy. After forty years of largely cooperative Sino-U.S. relations, policymakers, politicians, and pundits on both sides of the Pacific see growing tensions between the United States and China. Some go so far as to predict a...
  • Mar. 12, 2014
    Joshua Meltzer

    International Trade, the Internet and Cross-Border Data Flows

    Brookings Mountain West presents “International Trade, the Internet and Cross-Border Data Flows,” a talk by Joshua Meltzer, fellow, Global Economics and Development. The Internet is an important driver of economic growth, underpinning the development of innovative companies such as Google, Facebook and eBay and increasingly affecting the ways in which everyone does business. Accompanying the...
  • Mar. 5, 2014
    Bruce Jones

    America’s Role in a Changing World

    Brookings Mountain West presents “America’s Role in a Changing World,” a talk by Bruce Jones, fellow, Foreign Policy. For over sixty years the United States has led an international order that provided the underpinnings of peace, security, and economic prosperity. Today, that order is under strain from a variety of sources: the rise of new powers, an economic crisis, resource scarcity,...
  • Feb. 26, 2014
    Adie Tomer

    America Moves: Transportation and Public Policy in the United States

    Brookings Mountain West presents “America Moves: Transportation and Public Policy in the United States” a talk by Adie Tomer, senior research associate and associate fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program.  The United States is in a perpetual state of motion. Every day, Americans drive over 8 billion miles, board over 20,000 flights, and ship over 45 million tons of freight. But what drives...
  • Feb. 19, 2014
    Thomas Wright

    The Return of Geopolitical Competition and the Future of American Grand Strategy

    Brookings Mountain West presents “The Return of Geopolitical Competition and the Future of American Grand Strategy,” a talk by Thomas Wright, fellow, Foreign Policy. One of the defining features of world politics since the financial crisis is the return of geopolitical competition. In North East Asia, China and Japan are locked in a struggle for control of the Senkaku/ Diaoyu Islands while...
  • Feb. 13, 2014
    Carol Graham

    Does Access to Information Technology Make People Happier? Insights from Well-being Surveys from Around the World

    Brookings Mountain West presents “Does Access to Information Technology Make People Happier? Insights from Well-being Surveys from around the World,” a talk by Carol Graham, senior fellow, Global Economy and Development. This lecture summarizes new research on the relationship between access to cell phones, TV, and the internet and subjective well-being worldwide. Technology access is positive...