Politics Aside 2012

In November 2012, RAND hosted its third Politics Aside event to take an informed and even-handed look at the serious issues facing society in the aftermath of hard-fought political campaigns. A collaboration with media partner Thomson Reuters, the gathering engaged policymakers, business leaders, researchers, television and film producers, and philanthropists in conversation on topics ranging from fiscal austerity and financial regulation to health care and media.


Featured Speakers »

  • Sheila Bair

    Sheila Bair

    19th Chairperson of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

  • Dennis C. Blair

    Dennis C. Blair

    Former United States Director of National Intelligence and Retired United States Navy Admiral

  • Harold Brown

    Harold Brown

    Counselor, Center for Strategic and International Studies; former U.S. Secretary of Defense

  • Peter Chiarelli

    Peter Chiarelli

    Former United States Army General and former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army

  • Sir Harold Evans

    Sir Harold Evans

    Author; former editor, Sunday Times

  • Kenneth Feinberg

    Kenneth Feinberg

    Special Master for TARP Executive Committee and Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

  • William Frist

    William Frist

    Physician; educator; former Senate Majority Leader

  • David Goldhill

    David Goldhill

    President and CEO, Game Show Network; author of Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father

  • Howard Gordon

    Howard Gordon

    Co-creator and executive producer of the television series "Homeland"

  • Robert D. Hormats

    Robert D. Hormats

    Under Secretary Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment; former vice chairman of Goldman Sachs (International)

  • Karen Elliott House

    Karen Elliott House

    Former publisher, The Wall Street Journal; Former Senior Vice President, Dow Jones and Company, Inc.

  • Brian Michael Jenkins

    Brian Michael Jenkins

    Senior adviser to the president of RAND; pioneering terrorism expert

  • Seth Jones

    Seth Jones

    Senior political scientist, RAND; author of Hunting in the Shadows, The Pursuit of Al Qa'ida Since 9/11

  • David Kilcullen

    David Kilcullen

    Founding President and CEO, Caerus Associates LLC

  • Ann McLaughlin Korologos

    Ann McLaughlin Korologos

    Politics Aside Co-Chair; Chairman Emeritus, The Aspen Institute; Former U.S. Secretary of Labor

  • Kent Kresa

    Kent Kresa

    Chairman Emeritus of Northrop Grumman Corporation

  • James M. Loy

    James M. Loy

    Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Retired; Senior Counselor, The Cohen Group; Former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

  • Michael Lynton

    Michael Lynton

    Politics Aside Co-Chair; CEO, Sony Corporation of America; Chairman and CEO, Sony Pictures Entertainment

  • David Nevins

    David Nevins

    President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.

  • Edmund Phelps

    Edmund Phelps

    2006 Nobel Laureate in Economics; Director of Columbia University's Center on Capitalism and Society; McVickar Professor

  • Michael Portillo

    Michael Portillo

    Journalist; former UK Secretary of Defense, Employment and Treasury; former member of Parliament

  • Stephen Roach

    Stephen Roach

    Former Non-Executive Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia; senior fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University

  • HRH Prince Turki Bin Faisal Al Saud

    HRH Prince Turki Bin Faisal Al Saud

    Former Saudi Ambassador to US and UK; former Director General of Al Mukhabarat

  • Eric E. Schmidt

    Eric E. Schmidt

    Executive Chairman, Google

  • Michael Sheen

    Michael Sheen

    Award-winning actor of stage and screen

  • Simon Sinek

    Simon Sinek

    Author of Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

  • Nicholas Wapshott

    Nicholas Wapshott

    Journalist; author of Keynes Hayek: The Clash That Defined Modern Economics

  • Jonathan Weber

    Jonathan Weber

    West Coast Bureau Chief for Reuters

  • Gail Wilensky

    Gail Wilensky

    Economist and senior fellow at Project HOPE; former director of Medicare and Medicaid programs

  • Robert G. Wilmers

    Robert G. Wilmers

    Chairman and CEO, M&T Bank Corporation