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Monday, February 03, 2014
The real problem with Citizens United: Campaign finance, dark money, and shadow parties
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Few cases have generated as much controversy as Citizens United. The story told by reformers and reporters is that Citizens United ushered in a new era of dark money, with wealthy corporations spending wildly, saturating the airwaves, and taking over American politics. Most of that story is wrong, and some of it is nonsense. There is a bigger story about the relationship between Citizens United and American politics; it's just not the one we've been told.

Thursday, February 06, 2014
Economics and Happiness
6:00 PM -  8:30 PM
Annual DC Trip Networking Reception and Policy Event

The 2014 annual DC trip and networking reception and policy event features speaker will be Ford School/Brookings/New York Times-affiliated economist, Justin Wolfers, discussing economics and happiness.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Transformation of America's metropolitan area economies: Lessons from four decades
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
George Fulton

A CLOSUP lecture by George Fulton, Director, Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics, Department of Economics and Research Professor at the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy at the University of Michigan.

Social Impact Challenge Kickoff
5:00 PM -  7:00 PM

The 2014 Social Impact Challenge focuses on systems transformation strategies for equitable growth in Detroit. NPM has partnered with Detroit Future City (DFC), which is leading implementation of the DFC Strategic Framework, a comprehensive plan to achieve fiscal sustainability and improve quality of life for all Detroiters.

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Social Impact Challenge Finals
5:00 PM -  7:00 PM

The NPM Social Impact Challenge is an opportunity for graduate students to collaborate on solving real issues for an organization that focuses on social impact.

Friday, February 21, 2014
The U.S. Rebalance to Asia: The Importance of U.S. Engagement with ASEAN and Southeast Asia
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Christian M. Castro
Director, Office of Multilateral Affairs, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of State

Co-sponsored with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Thursday, February 27, 2014
A conversation on leadership and foreign policy
4:30 PM
Ford Policy Union
John D. Negroponte

John D. Negroponte, a United States career diplomat and national security official, held government positions abroad and in Washington between 1960 and 1997 and again from 2001 to 2008. He has been ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq. In Washington he served twice on the National Security Council staff, first as director for Vietnam in the Nixon Administration and then as deputy national security advisor under President Reagan. He has also held a cabinet level position as the first director of national intelligence under President George W. Bush. His most recent position in government was as Deputy Secretary of State, where he served as the State Department's chief operating officer. As a more junior diplomat, Mr. Negroponte also had assignments in Hong Kong, Vietnam, France, Ecuador and Greece.