93 Photos - Nov 16, 2012
Photo: Panelists at the “Assessing Risk: Where Will it Come From” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside Event in Santa Monica, Calif. (Left to right:) Moderator Stephen Adler, Admiral James Loy, Sheila Bair, Brian Michael Jenkins, Stephen Roach and Robert Lempert.Photo: Admiral James Loy makes a point at the “Assessing Risk: Where Will it Come From” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside Event in Santa Monica, Calif.Photo: Sheila C. Bair during the “Assessing Risk: Where Will it Come From” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside Event in Santa Monica, Calif.Photo: (Left to right): Sharon Begley (moderator), William Frist, Gail Wilensky, David Goldhill and Arthur Kellermann during the “Health Care: Will the Cost Kill Us” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16 at the RAND Politics Aside Event.Photo: Gail Wilensky makes a comment as William Frist, David Goldhill and Arthur Kellermann listen during the “Health Care: Will the Cost Kill Us” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16 at the RAND Politics Aside Event.Photo: David Goldhill speaks during the “Health Care: Will the Cost Kill Us” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16 at the RAND Politics Aside Event.Photo: David Goldhill speaks during the “Health Care: Will the Cost Kill Us” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside Event.Photo: Panelist David Rohde speaks during the “After the Arab Spring: Turmoil and Change in the Middle East” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica.Photo: One of the participants at the RAND Politics Aside event holds a copy of the program. Politics Aside was Nov. 15-17, 2012 at the RAND headquarters campus in Santa Monica.Photo: Stephen J. Adler chats with a participant during the RAND Politics Aside event. The RAND Corporation’s signature fundraising event was Nov. 15-17, 2012 at the RAND headquarters campus in Santa Monica.Photo: Moderator David Rohde asks a question during the “Countering Terrorist Threats, Real and Imagined” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica as Seth Jones and His Royal Highness, Prince Turki Al Faisal, look on.Photo: His Royal Highness, Prince Turki Al Faisal, speaks during the “Countering Terrorist Threats, Real and Imagined” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica, Calif., as David Rohde, Seth Jones, David Kilcullen and Ambassador James Dobbins listen.Photo: David Kilcullen responds during the “Countering Terrorist Threats, Real and Imagined” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica, Calif., as David Rohde, Seth Jones, His Royal Highness, Prince Turki Al Faisal and Ambassador James Dobbins listen.Photo: Participants at the RAND Politics Aside event listen to RAND President and CEO Michael D. Rich (left) and General Peter Chiarelli (right) talk during lunch Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the Santa Monica headquarters campus of RAND.Photo: Participants at the RAND Politics Aside event listen to RAND President and CEO Michael D. Rich (left) and General Peter Chiarelli (right) talk during lunch Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the Santa Monica headquarters campus of RAND.Photo: Sir Harold Evans (left) and Michael Lynton (right) at the RAND Politics Aside event during lunch Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the Santa Monica headquarters campus of RAND.Photo: (Left to right) – Former U.S. Secretary of Labor and RAND Trustee Ann M. Korologos and her husband, former U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, Tom C. Korologos, chat with Ann Korologos’ Politics Aside co-chair and fellow RAND Trustee Michael Lynton during lunch Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the Santa Monica headquarters campus of RAND.Photo: RAND President and CEO Michael D. Rich (center) chats with a participant at the RAND Politics Aside event during lunch Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the Santa Monica headquarters campus of RAND.Photo: Simon Sinek (right) chats with David Rohde and Ted Harshberger during the RAND Politics Aside event. The event, RAND’s invitation-only public policy weekend event, was Nov. 15-17, 2012 at RAND’s Santa Monica headquarters campus.Photo: Sir Harold Evans makes a point during the ”Austerity: The Promise and Risks” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica, Calif., as Undersecretary Robert Hormats and Stuart Hoffman look on.Photo: Sir Harold Evans makes a point during the “Austerity: The Promise and Risks” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica, Calif., as Under Secretary Robert Hormats and Stuart Hoffman look on.Photo: Under Secretary Robert Hormats reacts to Sir Harold Evans during the “Austerity: The Promise and Risks” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica, Calif.Photo: Kenneth Feinberg reacts during the “Financial Regulation: Fixing Too Big to Fail” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica, Calif.Photo: Sheila Bair and Kenneth Feinberg during the “Financial Regulation: Fixing Too Big to Fail” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica, Calif.Photo: Kenneth Feinberg makes a point during the “Financial Regulation: Fixing Too Big to Fail” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica, Calif.Photo: Sheila Bair signs copies of her book, “Bull by the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from Itself,” at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica, Calif. The event was Nov. 15-17, 2012 at the RAND headquarters campus.Photo: Karen Elliott House signs copies of her book, “On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines - and Future,” at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica, Calif. The event was Nov. 15-17, 2012 at the RAND headquarters campus.Photo: Sheila Bair signs copies of her book, “Bull by the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from Itself,” at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica, Calif. The event was Nov. 15-17, 2012 at the RAND headquarters campus.Photo: Sheila Bair discusses her book with a participant at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica.Photo: Karen Elliott House discusses her book with a participant at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica.Photo: Karen Elliott House discusses her book with a fellow RAND Trustee Ambassador Barbara Barrett at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica.Photo: Rob Cox asks Robert Wilmers a question during the “Financial Regulation: Fixing Too Big to Fail” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica, Calif.Photo: Rob Cox asks Robert Wilmers a question during the “Financial Regulation: Fixing Too Big to Fail” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica, Calif.Photo: Panelists during the “Financial Regulation: Fixing Too Big to Fail” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica, Calif. (Left to right:) Moderator Rob Cox, Robert Wilmers, Sheila Bair and Kenneth Feinberg.Photo: Robert Lempert talks to a participant during the RAND Politics Aside event. The event was in Santa Monica, Calif. from Nov. 15-17, 2012.Photo: Sheila Bair makes a point during the “Financial Regulation: Fixing Too Big to Fail” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica, Calif.Photo: Robert Lempert chats with a RAND Trustee, Admiral Jim Loy, during the RAND Politics Aside event. The event was in Santa Monica, Calif. from Nov. 15-17, 2012.Photo: Ambassador Charles Ries moderates the “After the Arab Spring: Turmoil and Change in the Middle East” panel with (left to right): Karen Elliott House, Alireza Nader and David Rohde on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.Photo: Ambassador James Dobbins makes a point during the “Countering Terrorist Threats, Real and Imagined” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica, Calif.Photo: His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al Faisal talks with Karen Elliott House during the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica, Calif.Photo: Panelists for the “Countering Terrorist Threats, Real and Imagined” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica listen to David Kilcullen. Left to right: moderator David Rohde, Seth Jones, His Royal Highness Turki Al Faisal and Ambassador James Dobbins.Photo: Alireza Nader makes a point as Karen Elliott House listens during the “After the Arab Spring: Turmoil and Change in the Middle East” panel on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.Photo: His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al Faisal talks with Karen Elliott House during the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica, Calif.Photo: Participants at the RAND Politics Aside event enjoy lunch Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.Photo: The reception area at the RAND Politics Aside event, just before the “Hollywood and Policy” panel discussion.Photo: Actor Michael Sheen and guest at the RAND Politics Aside event Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.Photo: Politics Aside co-chair Michael Lynton shares a laugh with Howard Gordon, Lindsey Kozberg and David Nevins, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.Photo: Moderator Michael Lynton asks Michael Sheen a question during the “Hollywood and Policy” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica.Photo: Michael Sheen responds as Moderator Michael Lynton (left) and panelists Howard Gordon and David Nevins look on during the “Hollywood and Policy” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica.Photo: Michael Sheen, Howard Gordon and David Nevins share a laugh during the “Hollywood and Policy” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica.Photo: Michael Sheen and Howard Gordon during the “Hollywood and Policy” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica.Photo: Michael Sheen responds as Moderator Michael Lynton (left) and panelists Howard Gordon and David Nevins look on during the “Hollywood and Policy” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica.Photo: Participants at the RAND Politics Aside event Friday, Nov. 16 in Santa Monica.Photo: Howard Gordon (center) reacts during the “Hollywood and Policy” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica as fellow panelist David Nevins looks on.Photo: Howard Gordon (center) comments during the “Hollywood and Policy” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica as fellow panelist David Nevins looks on.Photo: Howard Gordon (center) comments during the “Hollywood and Policy” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica as moderator Michael Lynton (far left) and fellow panelists Michael Sheen and David Nevins look on.Photo: Moderator Michael Lynton asks a question during the “Hollywood and Policy” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica.Photo: Moderator Michael Lynton (far left) and panelist Howard Gordon (third from left) have a spirited exchange during the “Hollywood and Policy” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica as fellow panelists Michael Sheen (second from left) and David Nevins (far right) look on.Photo: Slide for the “Hollywood and Policy” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica.Photo: Moderator Michael Lynton shares a laugh with panelist Michael Sheen during the  “Hollywood and Policy” panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica.Photo: James Ledbetter interviews Ambassador James about “Transitions of Power” Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Culver City.Photo: Amb. James Dobbins (right), director of the RAND Corporation’s International Security and Defense Policy Center, said he is skeptical of some of the foreign policy predictions made by President Obama and Gov. Romney during the presidential campaign. “Personally, I think we're not going to attack Iran, and we will become involved in Syria,” Dobbins told Reuters.com editor James Ledbetter (left) during the opening session of the RAND Corporation’s Politics Aside event Thursday evening.Photo: Ambassador James makes a point during the “Transitions of Power” discussion Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Culver City.Photo: Jonathan Weber interviews Eric Schmidt about “The New Digital Age” Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Culver City.Photo: Participants gathered at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City Thursday night to hear a series of three conversations on pressing public policy issues at the RAND Politics Aside event.Photo: Participants gathered at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City Thursday night to hear a series of three conversations on pressing public policy issues at the RAND Politics Aside event.Photo: Stephen J. Adler addresses the participants at the RAND Politics Aside event.Photo: James Ledbetter interviews Ambassador James Dobbins about “Transitions of Power” Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Culver City.Photo: Jonathan Weber interviews Eric Schmidt about “The New Digital Age” Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Culver City.Photo: Jonathan Weber interviews Eric Schmidt about “The New Digital Age” Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Culver City.Photo: Eric Schmidt (right), executive chairman of Google, told the opening session of the RAND Corporation’s Politics Aside event Thursday evening that he is “terribly worried” about the prospect of “balkanizing” the internet. In discussion with Jonathan Weber (left), West Coast bureau chief for Reuters, Schmidt decried Iran’s attempts to cut the country off from the internet. “They’re essentially bombing themselves into the stone age technologically,” Schmidt said. But he said such efforts will ultimately prove fruitless.Photo: Eric Schmidt makes a point while discussing “The New Digital Age” Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Culver City.Photo: Eric Schmidt responds to a question while discussing “The New Digital Age” Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Culver City.Photo: Eric Schmidt reacts to a question while discussing “The New Digital Age” Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Culver City.Photo: Sir Harold Evans interviews Admiral Dennis Blair about “Threats and Opportunities” Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Culver City.Photo: Admiral Dennis Blair responds to a question during the “Threats and Opportunities” discussion Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Culver City.Photo: Adm. Dennis C. Blair (right), former Director of National Intelligence, tried to make the case for breaking up the CIA during his tenure but didn’t get very far, he said during the opening session of the RAND Corporation’s Politics Aside event Thursday evening.
 
“I think I made it one step down the road to first base,” Blair said, drawing laughter from Sir Harold Evans (left), editor at large of Thomson Reuters, and the audience. Blair said the idea – which he still advocates – would be to split the CIA into separate clandestine human intelligence collection (HUMINT), analytical, and paramilitary components. He said the agency has been tilting inappropriately toward the latter approach.
 
Blair downplayed the prospects for Asia going to war over “island rocks,” and said he was skeptical of reports that the FBI and CIA were at odds over the Petraeus affair.
 
Politics Aside is an invitation-only, three-day postelection event that engages policymakers, opinion leaders, philanthropists, and RAND's leading thinkers in a nonpartisan examination of pressing policy challenges.Photo: Sir Harold Evans asks Admiral Dennis Blair a question during the “Threats and Opportunities” discussion Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Culver City.Photo: Michael Portillo listens to Simon Sinek during the RAND Politics Aside event.Photo: Simon Sinek makes a point during the RAND Politics Aside event.Photo: Kent Kresa interviews Harold Brown about his new book, “Star-Spangled Security Applying Lessons Learned Over Six Decades Safeguarding America,” Saturday, Nov. 17 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica.Photo: Harold Brown talks about his new book, “Star-Spangled Security Applying Lessons Learned Over Six Decades Safeguarding America,” Saturday, Nov. 17 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica.Photo: A student from the Pardee RAND Graduate School at the RAND Politics Aside event listens to Harold Brown discuss his new book, “Star-Spangled Security Applying Lessons Learned Over Six Decades Safeguarding America,” Saturday, Nov. 17 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica.Photo: Harold Brown talks about his new book, “Star-Spangled Security Applying Lessons Learned Over Six Decades Safeguarding America,” Saturday, Nov. 17 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica.Photo: Stephen J. Adler addresses the participants at the RAND Politics Aside event.Photo: Moderator Michael Portillo leads the closing conversation, “Leadership for the Future: Where Will It Come From?” Saturday, Nov. 17 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica. Kent Kresa is on the right.Photo: Moderator Michael Portillo and panelists Kent Kresa, Admiral James Loy and Under Secretary Robert Hormats listen as Simon Sinek makes a point during the closing conversation, “Leadership for the Future: Where Will It Come From?” Saturday, Nov. 17 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica.Photo: Participants react during the closing conversation, “Leadership for the Future: Where Will It Come From?” Saturday, Nov. 17 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica.Photo: Ken Feinberg asks a question during the closing conversation, “Leadership for the Future: Where Will It Come From?” Saturday, Nov. 17 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica.Photo: Simon Sinek responds to a question during the closing conversation, “Leadership for the Future: Where Will It Come From?” Saturday, Nov. 17 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Santa Monica. Panelists Admiral James Loy and Under Secretary Robert Hormats are on the right.Photo: Simon Sinek talks to RAND Trustee Leonard Schaeffer at the RAND Politics Aside event Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 in Santa Monica. (note: you can leave as-is or ID only Leonard)Photo: Naveena Ponnusamy talks with participants at the RAND Politics Aside event Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 in Santa Monica.Photo: Fred Pardee talks with a student from the Pardee RAND Graduate School at the RAND Politics Aside event chat Saturday morning, Nov. 17, 2012. The three-day event was at the RAND Corporation’s headquarters campus in Santa Monica.