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Trillion Dollar Questions


Big topics. Honest discussions. Expert solutions.

Trillion Dollar Questions


A popular idiom in the United States refers to tricky problems without simple solutions as "64 dollar questions." As a concept, it needs an update.

These days, the world's most complex problems would more accurately be labeled Trillion Dollar Questions. Not because they are solely questions with massive economic impacts, but because solving them would be enormously—even incomprehensibly—valuable. Solving them would change the world.

Trillion Dollar Questions exist across many areas of research and policy. By nature, they are interdisciplinary problems, requiring diverse viewpoints, novel approaches, and an understanding of how we got here.

In this ongoing series, Heinz College experts will convene solutions-oriented conversations with colleagues from across academia, government, and media to address the Trillion Dollar Questions that will shape the next century.

  • Russia’s War in Ukraine: Impacts on the International (Dis)Order

     

    Russia’s War in Ukraine:
    Impacts on the International (Dis)Order
     

    Will the Euro-Atlantic alliance persevere or
    will Putin succeed in fracturing it?

    Wednesday, May 4

    Michele Kelemen Michele Kelemen, Moderator
    Correspondent, Diplomacy, Foreign Desk
    National Public Radio 

     

     

     

    James Goldgeier James Goldgeier
    Professor of International Relations; Former Dean
    School of International Service
    American University 

     

     

     

    Amb. Sarah Mendelson Amb. Sarah Mendelson 
    Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy
    Head of Heinz College in Washington, DC
    Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy Carnegie Mellon University 

     

     

     

    Brian Taylor Brian Taylor
    Professor of Political Science
    Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
    Syracuse University 

     

     

     

    Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy

    American University's School of International Service

    Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs