The “Great Recession” has prompted professors, policymakers, and pundits to take positions on the health of the U.S. economy and the cause of the crisis. Some experts believe that we are on a road to recovery, but a major question remains to be resolved: debt. While many have focused on the negative effects of our national debt, evidence shows that private debt—held by consumers and private businesses alike—may undermine our economy to an even greater degree.
With keynote speaker Paul Volcker, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, The Atlantic's Second Annual Economy Summit examined topics like the declining value of the dollar, the merits of deleveraging the U.S. economy through targeted policies, the possibility of new “bubbles” forming in healthcare, education, and other industries, and the road to recovery.
We The People
Featuring Georgetown University's
John J. DeGioia and
The Atlantic's Steve Clemons
In a series of conversations, The Atlantic will explore civitas, the contract binding all citizens together.
The Formative Years: What's Next for Early Care and Education? An Atlantic Next America Forum
In this Next America forum, The Atlantic will convene key policymakers, local officials, stakeholders and experts to examine the future of early care and education policy.
Atlantic Exchange featuring Helene Cooper and Jeffrey Goldberg
New York Times correspondent Helene Cooper will join The Atlantic’s Editor in Chief Jeffrey Goldberg to discuss her new book on work of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her successful mobilization of a coalition built on the grassroots foundation of female voters.