Politics Aside 2012 Highlights

This year's Politics Aside event focused on the theme Threats: Real and Imagined. Speakers included Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt, former Director of National Intelligence Admiral Dennis Blair, former FDIC Chair Sheila Bair, and former Army Vice Chief General Peter Chiarelli, among others. Through our partnership with Thomson Reuters, we are pleased to be able to share video and audio clips of some of the sessions here.


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Videos from the event cover Google's Eric Schmidt: "Free speech matters," Admiral Blair: "Middle East most serious threat to U.S.," Ambassador Dobbins: "U.S. overseas intervention about peace, not democracy," and more.Watch Videos


"After the Arab Spring: Turmoil and Change in the Middle East"

Ambassador Charles Ries, Vice President, RAND International, talks with Karen Elliott House, Alireza Nader, and David Rohde about what we can expect for 2013 and what it means for the United States and for the world.

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A Conversation with Harold Brown, Former U.S. Defense Secretary

Harold Brown's unique, ongoing career spans science, academia, government, and the corporate sector over ten U.S. presidencies. In a conversation with Kent Kresa, former CEO and president of Northrop Grumman, Brown shares stories from his new book, Star-Spangled Security: Applying Lessons Learned over Six Decades Safeguarding America, and reflects on what those experiences teach us about current and future challenges facing the United States and the world.

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Watch a slideshow or download high resolution photos from our photo gallery. Photos were taken by Diane Baldwin of RAND.

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