The U.S. is currently facing many diplomatic challenges – Iran, North Korea, the European fiscal crisis, etc… – but according to Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, the number one challenge facing America “is ourselves.” Watch Haass talk about how we can get America back on its feet and where the country can find inspiration:
“We’ve got to put our economic house in order. We’ve got to deal with our schools, we’ve got to deal with our infrastructure, we’ve got to deal with our budget – we basically have to restore all the things that provide the foundations to America’s power,” Haass told genConnect. ”We can do things, if we simply get politics out of the way.”
And young people are vital to making America a leader once again, he said. “What’s stunning to me, and disappointing to me, is how disengaged they are,” he said of the younger generation.
Many of our national policies are as ineffective as they are, Haass continued, because the older generation has a more narrow point of view than the younger generation. “Why aren’t young people doing more to improve the quality of American schools?” he asked. “Why aren’t they doing more to demand our roads – our electricity grid – is better? … They need to be an interest group.”
genConnect is credentialed press at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colo., where we are interviewing the premier speakers and attendees at the conference. For more of our video interviews and articles from the Ideas Festival, click here.
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