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Fixing the Impossible: Innovative Solutions for a World in Decline

October 17, 2016 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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Join the World Affairs Council and the Council of Foreign Relations for a discussion with Jonathan Tepperman on his book, The Fix: How Nations Survive and Thrive in a World in Decline.

Pre-event reception @ 5:30PM: Please join us prior to the program for networking and conversation, sponsored by Zegrahm Expeditions.
The formal program will begin at 6:00PM.
About the book:

We’re living through an era of unprecedented global decline—or so it often feels these days, as each grim newsflash follows hard on the heels of the next. All these dark tidings have produced a broadly shared culture of hopelessness and foreboding. Yet this pessimistic cloak obscures a critical truth about our world: the solutions are already out there. In The Fix: How Nations Survive and Thrive in a World in Decline, Jonathan Tepperman explores the often overlooked good news stories, offering a provocative, unconventional take on the answers hiding in plain sight.

The book identifies ten pervasive and seemingly impossible challenges—including immigration reform, economic stagnation, political gridlock, corruption, and terrorism—and shows that, contrary to the general consensus, each has a solution, and not merely a hypothetical one. Tepperman has traveled the world to write this book, conducting more than a hundred interviews with the heads of state and other innovators responsible for these unexpected success stories. His access and expertise make The Fix a work of unusual insight, focused on the people and leadership lessons behind the policies.

About the speaker:

Jonathan Tepperman is the managing editor of Foreign Affairs magazine and author of the upcoming book, The Fix: How Nations Survive and Thrive in a World in Decline (Crown, September 2016). 

Tepperman has spent close to twenty years working on international affairs as an editor, writer, and analyst. He started his career in foreign policy working as a speechwriter at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1994. After stints as a reporter at the Forward and the Jerusalem Post, he joined Foreign Affairs in 1998 as a junior editor. He later moved to Newsweek International, where he was deputy editor (under Fareed Zakaria), and then worked as a political risk consultant before returning to Foreign Affairs in January 2011.

Tepperman has written for a range of publications, including Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the New Republic, and others, on subjects ranging from international affairs to municipal politics to food and fashion. Tepperman has interviewed more than a dozen world leaders, including Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, Japan’s Shinzo Abe, Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto, Indonesia’s Joko Widodo, and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame. He is the coeditor of the books The U.S. vs. al Qaeda (2011), Iran and the Bomb (2012), and The Clash of Ideas(2012).

Tepperman has a BA in English from Yale, an MA in law from Oxford, and an LLM in law from New York University. He is vice chairman of the Halifax International Security Forum, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a fellow of the New York Institute of Humanities. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.


About the moderator:

static1-squarespaceRelentlessly focused on sourcing and scaling breakthrough ideas, Maura has been thrilled to grow businesses, teach and mentor others wanting to make a big difference. In 2009 she was appointed by President Obama to be the first Chief Innovation Officer of the US Agency for International Development. Serving until summer 2013, she was responsible for inspiring and leading breakthrough innovations in foreign assistance and development worldwide. Maura is best known for adapting venture capital and drug discovery methods to global development by co-creating the Development Innovation Venture Fund that has expanded into the Global Innovation Fund. Maura served as a member of the White House Innovation Cohort assisting in innovation across the federal government. Prior to joining the Administration, she served as a Chief of Staff in the U.S. Senate.

A serial entrepreneur, O’Neill founded four companies in the fields of electricity efficiency, smart grid and customer info systems & billing, e-commerce and digital education. In 1989, she was named the Greater Seattle Business Person of the Year.

Currently Maura is teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford and Columbia Universities. In 2016 she was received the UC Berkeley Earl Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching. She also advises start-ups, global companies, foundations and global government agencies.

Maura has MBAs from Columbia University and University of California at Berkeley. She has a PhD from University of Washington, where her research focused on narrow-mindedness and the errors it can lead to in science, medicine, business and political decision-making. She helped found a public charter school, Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (grades 6-12th) and continues to serve as Vice Chair.


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The Boeing Company is an underwriting sponsor of World Affairs Council Community Programs.





October 17, 2016
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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