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July 19

What’s Next for Venezuela?

What's Next for Venezuela?

Six months after Nicolás Maduro was declared a “usurper” by Venezuela’s National Assembly and Juan Guaidó was sworn in as interim president, political gridlock has set in. The ongoing talks in Barbados between the regime and representatives of the democratic forces do not hold the promise of a swift solution to the crisis engulfing Venezuela. Luis Almagro, secretary general of the Organization of American States, will describe what’s at stake and discuss international efforts that can be made to put pressure on Maduro’s regime. María Corina Machado, former member of the National Assembly and prominent leader of the opposition, will assess the process of restoring democracy so far and offer a strategic vision. Pedro Urruchurtu will briefly explain how Venezuela got to this point.

July 31

Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink Their Way through the Unfree World

Socialism has failed every time it has been tried, yet it still appeals to parts of the American public that have little or no experience with it. Irreverent but honest economists Robert Lawson and Benjamin Powell will describe what they saw when they visited real-life examples of socialism in Cuba, North Korea, and Venezuela and other countries that are living with the socialist legacy. Using anecdotes and informed by scholarship, they will explain why socialism is often catastrophic, why Sweden is not an example of socialism, and why many of the claims of socialist politicians in America are so wrong-headed. Matt Kibbe will describe how young Americans’ views on socialism have evolved in recent years.

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June 18

Legal Immigration: Problems and Solutions

Legal Immigration: Problems and Solutions

Congress reformed America’s legal immigration system nearly three decades ago. Since that time, the system’s outdated and arbitrary immigration quotas have doubled wait times for green cards for legal immigrants. At the border, a new challenge has emerged in the form of illegal immigration and asylum seekers from Central America. Wide bipartisan agreement exists that both temporary and permanent immigration policies need to be reformed, yet Congress and the administration have failed to settle on the best approach. As the debate continues in Congress, join us as our speakers explain the problems with and solutions for America’s legal immigration system.

Join us on Tuesday, June 18, to hear from Alex Nowrasteh and David Bier of the Cato Institute.

Past Events

July 19

What’s Next for Venezuela?

What's Next for Venezuela?

Featuring Luis Almagro, Secretary General, Organization of American States; joining by Skype, María Corina Machado, National Coordinator, Vente Venezuela; Pedro Urruchurtu, Political Science Professor, Universidad Central de Venezuela; moderated by Juan Carlos Hidalgo, Policy Analyst on Latin America, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.

July 14 to July 18

Sphere Summit: Teaching Civic Culture Together

Featuring Ibrahim Anoba, Mark Davis, Annie Duke, Emily Ekins, Chelsea Follett, Sherry Glied, Peter Goettler, Donald E. Graham, Clark Neily, Tom G. Palmer, Jonathan Rauch, Jeffrey Rosen, Kerry Sautner, Nadine Strossen, Michael D. Tanner, Darrell M. West, and Hayne Yoon.

June 26

Panic Attack: Young Radicals in the Age of Trump

Panic Attack: Young Radicals in the Age of Trump

Featuring Robby Soave, Associate Editor, Reason; Jane Coaston, Senior Politics Reporter, Vox; and Greg Lukianoff, President and CEO, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE); moderated by Jason Kuznicki, Editor, Cato Books and Cato Unbound.