Washington, D.C. (September 17, 2015)--The seventh annual Washington Ideas Forum, presented by The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute, returns to Washington, D.C. on September 3o and October 1, 2015, featuring dozens of interviews with leading newsmakers on defense and national security, violence and justice, race and society, education, healthcare, and more. Tickets are available to purchase now; interested media will be registered with complimentary credentials.
Newly added speakers include: Obama administration cabinet secretaries Julián Castro (Dept. Housing and Urban Development), Arne Duncan (Dept. of Education), and Penny Pritzker (Dept. of Commerce); plus former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.
On national security and America’s role in the world, former Sec. of State Colin Powell, Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN); John McCain (R-AZ), Mark Warner (D-VA), Tom Cotton (R-AK), and Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes will take the stage for a series of candid conversations. David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee and former UK Foreign Minister, will weigh in on the overwhelming refugee crisis facing Europe; and Theo Padnos, who was held hostage in Syria for two years, will discuss his experiences for the first time at a live event.