Past Lectures

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  • Oct. 3, 2012
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    The Changing Global Order: The United States, Rising Powers, and the Scramble for the 21st Century

    Brookings Mountain West presents "The Changing Global Order: The United States, Rising Powers, and the Scramble for the 21st Century“ a talk by Bruce Jones, Director, Managing Global Order, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy.  The United States and the West remain central to managing the new global order, though there are now more players on the global stage. Despite the rising influence of old...
  • Sep. 25, 2012
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    U.S. Energy Policy: The Burdens of the Past and Moving Forward

    Brookings Mountain West presents "U.S. Energy Policy: The Burdens of the Past and Moving Forward“ a talk by John Banks, Nonresident Fellow, Foreign Policy, Energy Security Initiative. Since the oil embargo of 1973, the United States has struggled to implement a sustainable and comprehensive national energy policy.  Forging a consistent policy approach has been complicated by more recent...
  • Sep. 19, 2012
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    Putting Nevada in Perspective: State and Local Government Budgets in Recession and Recovery

    Brookings Mountain West presents "Putting Nevada in Perspective: State and Local Government Budgets in Recession and Recovery." A talk by Tracy Gordon, fellow, Economic Studies. Nevada, the state most affected by the Great Recession of 2008, faced one of the nation’s worst state budget shortfalls in 2011. This presentation examines state budget drivers, including constitutional requirements, tax...
  • Mar. 27, 2012
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    The U.S. Tax System: Where Do We Go From Here?

    Speaker: Adele Morris, Brookings Institution, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Policy Director - Climate and Energy Economics Project This talk will explore how the U.S. tax system really works, where revenue comes from, where pending goes, what a tax expenditure is, and discuss deficit prognoses and how the recent political debates could affect our economy. The speaker will highlight some...
  • Mar. 20, 2012
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    What is Changing in War and National Security?

    Speaker: Peter Singer, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Singer has served as a consultant on changes in warfare to groups that range from the U.S. military and FBI to the Call of Duty video game series. In his talk at UNLV, he explores some of the key forces reshaping warfare and national security, from the emergence of new technologies to the changing locales of war.
  • Mar. 6, 2012
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    Where Are the Jobs? Employment Stagnation after the Great Recession

    Speaker: Gary Burtless, Brookings Institution - The John C. and Nancy D. Whitehead Chair Senior Fellow - Economic Studies The Great Recession of 2008-2009 was the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Unlike most other recessions in the post-war era, however, the recovery has brought back only a small fraction of the almost 9 million jobs lost in the downturn. The speaker explains...
  • Jan. 31, 2012
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    The Economics of Cybersecurity: A National Dilemma

    Speaker: Allan Friedman, Brookings Institution Fellow, Governance Studies Research Director, Center for Technology Innovation Cybersecurity has dominated recent headlines, but policy makers and pundits alike still combine different risks, threats, and solutions. Crime, espionage, and international conflict represent different dangers to our society at the local and national level, and each has a...
  • Jan. 17, 2012
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    U.S. Student Achievement From A Global Perspective

    Speaker: Tom Loveless, Brookings Institution, Nonresident Senior Fellow - Governance Studies, Brown Center on Education Policy Tom Loveless, a former sixth-grade teacher and Harvard public policy professor, is an expert on student achievement, education policy, and reform in K-12 schools. He also is a member of the National Math Advisory Panel. What do we know about U.S. students' academic...
  • Nov. 15, 2011
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    Happiness around the World: The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires

    Speaker: Carol Graham, Brookings Institution, Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow - Global Economy and Development, Brookings Global – CERES Economic and Social Policy in Latin America Initiative For centuries the pursuit of happiness was the preserve of philosophers. More recently there is a burgeoning interest in the study of happiness in the social sciences. Can we really answer the question what...
  • Oct. 26, 2011
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    Immigrants, Education, and U.S. Economic Competitiveness

    Speaker: Audrey Singer, Brookings Institution, Nonresident Senior Fellow - Centennial Scholar Initiative In the ongoing, highly-charged debate over U.S. immigration, a key policy consideration is the economic impact of immigrants and role they play in the U.S. workforce at various skill levels. While border enforcement and illegal immigration are a focal point, longer-term U.S. global...
  • Oct. 19, 2011
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    The Federal Deficit Battle of 2011

    Ron Haskins, Brookings Institution, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Co-Director - Center on Children and Families After failing to reach agreement on revenue increases and health care reforms, the two major issues underlying the unsustainable federal deficit, Congress punted by assigning the next step in deficit reduction to a Super Committee composed of twelve members of Congress (6 Republican...
  • Sep. 27, 2011
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    The Next Swing Region: Reappointment and Redistricting in the Intermountain West

    David Damore, Brookings Institution, Nonresident Senior Fellow in Governance Studies During the first decade of the 21st century no region in the nation experienced the political and demographic changes that occurred in the Intermountain West region, including the states of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. These states grew at unprecedented levels and are now...
  • Apr. 19, 2011
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    Booms and Busts: Russia and It's Oil, 1970 to 2011 and Beyond

    Cliff Gaddy, Brookings Institution - Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center on the United States and Europe For 40 years Russia’s domestic economic and political development and its foreign policy ambitions have been driven by the varying fortunes of its oil and gas wealth. The story continues to play out today, with crucial global consequences. Russia remains the world’s largest producer of oil...
  • Apr. 7, 2011
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    The Future of the Internet in an Era of Spam, Cyber-Bullying, and Wikileaks

    Darrell M. West, Brookings Institution Vice President, and Director - Governance Studies Founding Director - Center for Technology Innovation This lecture examines ways to use technology to improve public sector accountability, participation, collaboration, and efficiency. The presenter discussed case studies of successful innovation and how agencies are using social media, cloud computing,...
  • Mar. 22, 2011
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    Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century

    Peter Singer, Brookings Institution, Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy A look at the political, military, ethical and legal questions that surround the growing use of unmanned systems in war, including those found at military bases in Nevada.
  • Mar. 1, 2011
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    The Emergence of Latin America: A Break with History?

    The Emergence of Latin America: A Break with History? Speaker: Mauricio Cardenas
  • Feb. 15, 2011
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    Climate Change and Development

    Katherine Sierra, Brookings Institution - Nonresident Senior Fellow - Global Economy and Development The least developed countries are not responsible for global climate change, yet will suffer most from its impact. And the poorest people in these countries are the most vulnerable. The presentation outlines the challenges they face as they confront a changing climate. It will also outline...
  • Feb. 10, 2011
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    Education in the Developing World: Helping to Solve the World’s Big Problems?

    Education in the Developing World: Helping to Solve the World’s Big Problems? Rebecca Winthrop
  • Nov. 18, 2010
    Brookings Mountain West

    Do Students Have Too Much Homework?

    Tom Loveless
  • Nov. 10, 2010
    Brookings Mountain West

    Toughing It Out in Afghanistan

    Mike O'Hanlon