1. Cutting the Pentagon's Budget is a Gift to Our Enemies- Intelligence Squared


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    Political gridlock in Washington triggered across-the-board spending cuts, known as the sequester, in March. As a result, the Pentagon was given six months to eliminate $41 billion from the current year's budget, and unlike past cuts, this time everything is on the table. In 2011, America spent $711 billion dollars on its defense—more than the next 13 highest spending countries combined. But the burdens it shoulders, both at home and abroad, are unprecedented. Could the sequester be a rare opportunity to overhaul the armed forces, or will its impact damage military readiness and endanger national security? For: Thomas Donnelly For: Andrew Krepinevich Against: Benjamin Friedman Against: Kore Schake Like on us Facebook: http://bit.ly/IQ2onFacebook Tweet at us: http://bit.ly/IQ2Twitter Subscribe to us: http://bit.ly/IQ2onYouTube

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    • Child Well-being: A Framework for Policy and Practice


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      How can the science of child development and well-being be integrated into policy and practice? Recent attention at federal and state levels on "well-being" provides an opportunity to consider what is included in well-being, how to measure it, and the implications for policies and programmatic approaches that improve well-being across child-serving systems. A large body of research and science points to the need to create nurturing environments where children can develop along a healthy trajectory physically, cognitively, emotionally, behaviorally, and socially. When adverse childhood experiences and trauma occur, development can be derailed. Using evidence-based interventions to help children get back on track is important. In this forum, we explored the connection between healthy child development and well-being, provided several frameworks for understanding the domains and measurable indicators of well-being, and considered steps that can be taken to improve well-being and developmental functioning. Several well-being frameworks were presented. Participants were encouraged to explore how policies, practices, assessments, and interventions in their work could be organized around a well-being framework to more effectively ensure a positive life course for children.

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      • The Pipeline for STEM Education


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        This year's three-part series focuses on the connections between education and the broader economy, with a particular focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The goal of the series is to stimulate a conversation among academics, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners about the extent to which human capital can really drive economic growth in the developed world, the state of STEM education today, challenges for STEM education in the future, and the promise of reform efforts. We will consider the role of K-12 and post secondary educational institutions, as well as not-for-profit science, cultural, and government institutions. In this third and final talk of the series, our presenters take a look at pathways to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, especially for women. What factors might explain the underrepresentation of women in STEM fields, most notably in higher education? How can we improve opportunities for women and others who are underrepresented in these fields? What are the implications for public policy? Guest speakers are: Cordelia Reimers, Professor Emerita of Economics, Hunter College and Graduate Center of the City University of New York Andresse St. Rose, Senior Researcher, American Association of University Women Moderator Amy Ellen Schwartz, Professor of Public Policy, and Education and Economics, NYU Steinhardt and NYU Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service

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        • Myanmar’s Election Year and US Policy


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          Having wound up its year as chair of ASEAN, Myanmar is now turning attention to preparations for next year’s election and we can expect the political environment to become intensely competitive and unpredictable. During his recent visit President Obama highlighted a number of concerns about the challenges facing Myanmar at this point in its transition and vowed that the United States would remain fully engaged as the country moves forward. At the same time, others see these challenges as signs that Myanmar’s transition has stalled and argue that the United State should begin to reinstate punitive measures that limit engagement. Priscilla Clapp discussed the main issues playing out in the run up to Myanmar’s elections and how they could affect the post-election landscape. She will examine the question of what constitutes “backsliding” in the Myanmar context and options for U.S. policy responses.

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          • St. Marks vs. Kinkaid UT Finals 2010


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            St. Marks School of Texas vs. Kinkaid School in the finals of the UT Longhorn Classic. Varsity High School policy debate tournament.

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            • [20110808] James J. Heckman, "What Tests Miss: Hard Evidence on Soft Skills"


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              Nobel laureate James Heckman delivers the 5th Asan Memorial Lecture at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

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              • Recommendations And Report Of The Stimson Task Force On US Drone Policy


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                Few recent national security developments have been as controversial as the increased US reliance on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more colloquially known as “drones.” While UAVs have multiple peaceful and commercial applications, heated debates about the use of lethal UAV strikes away from traditional, territorially bounded battlefields have tended to crowd out a broader and more nuanced discussion of US UAV policy. This report represents a preliminary effort to offer analysis and recommendations that could help shape and guide US UAV policy going forward. It looks at the military and national security benefits of UAV technologies, analyzes our current approaches to UAV development and export, and seeks to contextualize the strategic questions relating to the use of lethal UAVs outside traditional battlefields. Ultimately, it offers eight detailed recommendations for overhauling UAV strategy; improving oversight, accountability and transparency; developing forward-looking international norms relating to the use of lethal force in nontraditional settings; and devising sound UAV export control and research and development policies

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                • HD Chief Economist Lecture: Dr. Samuel Bowles


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                  Dr. Samuel Bowles talks about his research on economic incentives and social preferences.

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                  • Day 1: Panel 1--Policy and Governance Challenges and Strategies


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                    - Elisabeth Graffy, Professor of Practice and Senior Sustainability Scientist, Arizona State University (chair) - Jennie C. Stephens, Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, Department of International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE), Clark University (Post-Sandy Discourse on Energy System Vulnerability & Smart Grid) - Kristin Baja, Hazard Mitigation Planner at City of Baltimore Office of Sustainability (City of Baltimore Disaster Preparedness and Planning Project) - Patricia Mariella, Director, American Indian Policy Institute, Arizona State University (Tribal Governments, Climate Change and Infrastructure)

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                    • Enduring Challenges in Evaluating Community and System-Change Initiatives - Part 1


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                      The Evaluation Centre for Complex Health Interventions at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital hosted a workshop on “Enduring Challenges in Evaluating Community and System-Change Initiatives: Towards a progressive view of performance” on May 24th, 2012 from 1:30pm- 4:30pm. torontoevaluation.ca/community-system-change/index.html Key questions for the workshop include: • What are some unique challenges in assessing performance for community and system-level change initiatives? • What are some concrete examples of evaluative approaches that address some of the challenges identified? • How can evaluations help address learning and accountability challenges for community and system-change initiatives? Presenters Anne Kubisch, Director, Roundtable on Community Change, Aspen Institute, United States Stacey Daub, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) Tim Warren, Policy Lead on Self-Management, Department of Health, Scottish Government, United Kingdom Ibrahim Daibes, Senior Program Manager, International Development Research Centre, Ottawa Respondents Michael Hall, Vice President Program Research and Development, YMCA of Greater Toronto Fred Carden, Director, Evaluation Unit, International Development Research Centre, Ottawa

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