AEI World Forum

AEI World Forum

The AEI World Forum is an annual meeting of business and financial executives, heads of government, government officials, and intellectuals. Held every summer in Beaver Creek, Colorado, it is sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the Vail Valley Foundation, and it features a number of AEI scholars and fellows.Vail Valley Foundation, " [http://www.vvf.org/vvf/info/education.worldforum.aspx World Forum] ," accessed May 31, 2008.]

History

, hosted the first AEI World Forum near their home in Beaver Creek. Along with Callaghan, Giscard d'Estaing, and Schmidt, he hoped to enrich discourse among world leaders and explore crucial public policy issues in an intimate setting. [American Enterprise Institute, [http://www.aei.org/publications/contentID.20061227161043762/default.asp In Memoriam: Gerald R. Ford, 1913-2006] ," accessed May 31, 2008]

Ford hosted the World Forum until his death in 2006. At the twenty-sixth World Forum in 2007, Vice President Richard Cheney (a long-time participant in the World Forum) unveiled Gerald R. Ford Hall in the Beaver Creek Park Hyatt Hotel, where the World Forum's sessions are held. [White House, [http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/06/images/20070623_aeiyg9g8320-515h.html photo release] , June 23, 2007.]

Format

The AEI World Forum is private and off the record. The World Forum consists of plenary sessions, topical small-group discussion sessions, informal conversational time, and recreational activities. According to the Vail Valley Foundation, "Senior U.S. cabinet officers and legislators provide candid briefings on important policy initiatives. Heads of major international corporations discuss business and financial developments. Government officials from Europe, Asia and the Americas debate international strategic and economic issues in a private, informal atmosphere, far removed from the distractions of day-to-day business." ]

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