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$4 Gas is killing the middle class at New America and more think tank events [Daybook]

9:00 Social Dimensions of REDD+: Current Practices and Challenges with Paulo Sotero, Wilson Center; Alexi Panehal, USAID; Don Steinberg, USAID; Jeannette Gurung, Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management; Kit Batten, USAID; Michael Richards, Forest Trends; Xiaoting Hou, Yale/Forest Dialogue (Wilson Center)

9:00 How $4 Gas Is Killing the Middle Class with John A. “Skip” Laitner, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy; Lisa Margonelli, New America Foundation, Jared Bernstein, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (New America)  

9:30 Dialogues with Mexico / Diálogos con México with Josefina Vázquez Mota, Mexican Congresswoman (Wilson Center)

9:30 Second Chances: A Proposal to Reduce Unnecessary Divorce with William A. Galston, Brookings; William J. Doherty, University of Minnesota; Leah Ward Sears, Schiff Hardin LLP; Theodora Ooms, Public Strategies, Inc; Robert Rector, The Heritage Foundation (Brookings)

9:30 Toward a Healthier and Financially Secure Workforce: The National Momentum for Paid Sick Days Laws with Governor Dan Malloy, (D-CT); Nick Licata; Seattle City Council Member; Andy Shallal, Busboys and Poets, John Podesta, Center for American Progress (CAP)

10:00 The Future of the U.S.-Thailand Alliance with Catharin Dalpino, Johns Hopkins/SAIS; LTC Eddie O’Connor, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, South and Southeast Asia; Kelley Currie, Project 2049 Institute (Heritage)

10:00 Colombia’s Elections and Consolidation: Moving Beyond FARC and the Paramilitaries? with Kevin Casas-Zamora, Latin America Initiative; Virginia Bouvier, United States Institute of Peace; Vanda Felbab-Brown, 21st Century Defense Initiative; Adam Isacson, Washington Office on Latin America; Claudia López, Northwestern University (Brookings)

12:00 The Body Politic: The Battle Over Science in America with Neera Tanden, Center for American Progress; Jonathan Moreno, University of Pennsylvania and author ofThe Body Politic: The Battle Over Science in America; Andrew Light, George Mason University (CAP)

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.


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