2012 Policy Assessment

 

Introduction

This selection of Camcast presentations takes our measure as a nation. A variety of topics and perspectives shed light on how our domestic policies affect our standing on the global stage. Speakers will identify areas of concern and offer possible solutions for the road ahead.

In assessing US foreign policy, consider also the significance of domestic issues. Wherein a clear goal may well exist in foreign policy, implementation of action steps to achieve that goal may or may not succeed, based on the health of the nation’s internal condition. In this realm of uncertainty between stated goals and effective implementation of action steps, strategy is tested.

In this sense, a national strategy reflects the ever-changing dynamic of working towards stated policy goals through diplomatic and economic channels; while debates over energy, immigration, education and politics can undermine progress. Strategy can change as events unfold, whereas policy goals can stay the same. What factors need to be considered in developing strategy? What are the challenges to implementation of that strategy? What developments on the ground or in dialogue lead to a change in policy goals? These are some of the questions addressed by speakers at this year’s Conference.

Please review the titles listed in the Camcast Index section to learn more about the interplay of policy and strategy.

Policy Assessment Video Links

Energy policy and Energy efficiency, Bill Richardson

Immigration, Bill Richardson

Climate change, Bill Richardson

Terrorism, Bill Richardson

Influence of Federal Government, Pete du Pont

Increased Government Spending, Pete du Pont

The Effect of Taxes on GDP, Pete du Pont

National Dependence on Government Aid, Pete du Pont

“Re-inventing Fire: The Energy Debate”, Amory Lovins

The Inefficiency of Fossil Fuels and Solutions, Amory Lovins

Rethinking Oil, Amory Lovins

Rethinking Material Science, Amory Lovins

Efficiency through Technology, Amory Lovins

The Electric Car, Amory Lovins

Efficiency through Integrated Design, Amory Lovins

Renewable Energy and National Security, Amory Lovins

The Failure of Diplomacy, Lawrence Wilkerson

The Rise of Militarization, Lawrence Wilkerson

The NATO Alliance on 9/11, Nicholas Burns

Return to Diplomacy, Nicholas Burns

A Grand Strategy for the U.S., Mark Mykleby

Strategic Ecology and Sustainability, Mark Mykleby

Education and Energy Security as Priorities, Wayne Porter

Intro to Program for International Student Assessment, Robert Schwartz

How the U.S. Ranks in Education, Robert Schwartz

The National Curriculum, Robert Schwartz

Training the Teachers, Robert Schwartz

Re-tooling American Education, Robert Schwartz

 

Study Guide for Policy Assessment

1. Do we have what it takes?

2. According to Bill Richardson, we must “seek a path” toward resolving America’s immigration debate. What suggestions can you contribute?

3. What is the role of the Federal Government? Is Pete du Pont’s stance on the issue one you share?

4. Referencing the four pillars-Transportation, Industry, Technology, and Design-of his proposed environmental policy, explain how Amory Lovins believes we can achieve a lasting national security.

5. To what extent do you agree with Lawrence Wilkerson’s statements regarding the “Militarization of the decision-making process”?

6. What steps would you take to realize Nicholas Burns’ call for a “Return to diplomacy”? How has our diplomatic situation changed since 9/11?

7. How does Robert Schwartz suggest we “Re-tool American Education”? As a student, can you add to his remarks?

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