Even in Washington, it’s not every day that an event is able to bring together so many heavy-hitters: Vice President Joe Biden, former Vice President Dick Cheney, House Majority Leader John Boehner, ABC news correspondent Katie Couric, NBC anchor Brian Williams, MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews, former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf and former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
Hosted by The Atlantic magazine, the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Newseum, the Washington Ideas Forum presents well-known names in politics, business and academia discussing major national and international policy issues. On October 5 and 6, for the first time ever, FORA.tv will host the Washington Ideas Forum live and on demand from the Newseum in Washington. DC.
Now in its third year, what makes the forum unique is its ability to match journalists who cover the major stories of our time, with the power-players who are directly involved in shaping those stories.
In the inaugural event in 2009, journalists reflected upon the election of President Obama in a program titled “The First Draft of History.” They examined the first few months of the Obama administration through interviews and discussions with some of the key players in economics, politics and foreign policy, such as Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod, and former Afghanistan and Iraq commander General David Petraeus.
In 2010, the Washington Ideas Forum returned to Washington and featured speakers such as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Google chairman Eric Schmidt to discuss critical issues such as education, healthcare reform and the struggling economy.
This year’s event continues to expand upon previous Forums with an ambitious schedule that will feature interviews with key players both inside and outside the Obama administration. Joining the discussion are top business executives, thought leaders, and media representatives such as Starbucks CEO Howard Schlutz, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Alice Rivlin, New York Times columnist David Brooks and many more with in-depth knowledge and experience on the most important economic, political and social issues of the year.