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The 2012 Symposium: The Paradox of Progress

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The 2012 Symposium: The Paradox of Progress

As the modern world ushers in an era of revolutionary breakthroughs, the international community is continually confronted with new and evolving threats to progress. While technological, cultural, and economic innovations help to solve many of the world’s problems, these same advances also pose many new challenges to security, economic stability, equality, and human rights. The paradox of progress refers to this quandary. As the world becomes increasingly complex, many of the functions that yield advancement also expose new vulnerabilities. Notably, the emergence of a dynamic, globalized economy has given rise to unprecedented levels of international prosperity. Yet, because of this globalized economy, few nations were insulated from financial crisis during the...

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Robert Gibbs

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Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has been a longtime advisor to President Barack Obama. Before his position as Press Secretary from 2009-2011, Mr. Gibbs served as an advisor and strategist to President Obama from his 2004 Senate race through his presidential campaign in 2008. The Washington Post explains, “One of the most impressive parts of President Barack Obama’s massive 2008 presidential campaign was the surprisingly low number of leaks and campaign in-fighting. Credit Gibbs.” Mr. Gibbs joined Barack Obama’s 2004 U.S. Senate campaign as Communications Director and held the same title at the onset of the 2008 presidential campaign, until becoming Senior Strategist for Communications and Message during the general election. During the four...

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Stephen Moore

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Stephen Moore

Stephen Moore is the senior economics writer for the Wall Street Journal editorial page and a member of the Journal’s editorial board. He is a daily economic commentator for CNBC TV and Fox News Channel and a frequent university lecturer. Mr. Moore is the author of five books. His most recent, Return to Prosperity: How America Can Regain its Economic Superpower Status, was a finalist for the F.A. Hayek book award. In 2007, he received the Ronald Reagan “Great Communicator” award from the Republican Party for his advancement of economic understanding. From 1999-2004, Mr. Moore served as founder and President of the Club for Growth, a 25,000-member organization dedicated to helping elect free market, tax-cutting candidates to Congress. In 2003-2004 the Club...

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Valerie Plame

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Valerie Plame

As a covert CIA Operations Officer, Valerie Plame Wilson worked to protect America’s national security and prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Without warning, in 2003 she found herself at the heart of a political firestorm when senior White House and State Department officials revealed her secret status to several national journalists — including a syndicated conservative newspaper columnist who published her name. A subsequent investigation exposed what some dub an act of treason: that Ms. Wilson’s “outing” was coordinated with the involvement of President Bush’s Deputy Chief of Staff (Karl Rove), Vice President Cheney’s Chief of Staff (I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby) and the Deputy Secretary of State (Richard Armitage). Libby...

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Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

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Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is the 49th mayor of Baltimore, promoting legislative and policy initiatives that improve people’s lives: safe streets, quality public schools, and neighborhoods that are strong, vibrant, and engaged. Prior to her mayoral election, Mayor Rawlings-Blake has had a remarkable political career in Baltimore. In 1995, she was the youngest person ever elected to City Council at the age of 25. From 1998 to 2006, she was an attorney with the Baltimore Office of the Public Defender. Mayor Rawlings-Blake served as City Council Vice President from 1999 to 2007, followed by City Council President since November 2007. Mayor Rawlings-Blake has been honored with numerous awards. The National Congress of Black Women named her a Shirley Chisholm Memorial...

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David Frum

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David Frum, earning praise as “one of the leading political commentators of his generation,” and one of America’s 50 most influential conservatives, is the editor of FrumForum.com and a CNN contributor. He regularly writes columns for CNN.com, The Week, and Canada’s National Post. He is the author of six books, including his most recent work, Comeback: Conservatism that Can Win Again. His memoir of the Bush administration, The Right Man, was a New York Times bestseller. Additionally, Mr. Frum is a member of the board of directors of the Republican Jewish Coalition. From 2001-2002, Mr. Frum served as a special assistant to President George W. Bush. From 2007-2008, he served as senior foreign policy adviser to the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign. Mr....

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