- Executive Education
- Global Trends: Seven Revolutions
- Young Professionals at CSIS
Class of 2025
The goal of the Class of 2025 Initiative is to visualize different Americas—good, bad, and ugly—and develop concrete approaches and strategies on how to maximize the position of the United States in a rapidly changing world.
The “Class of 2025 Initiative” focuses on the high school graduates of the year 2025, many of whom were born this year.
It’s worth wondering: When those children—the Class of 2025—walk across the graduation stage, how will they look back at the presidential election of 2008? Their conclusion, most likely, will be: “Why couldn’t the leaders back then—way back in the year 2008—have done more for the next generation?” They will point to the degradation of the physical infrastructure, the erosion of the educational system, the obscene drag of health care costs, the effects of run-away litigation, regulation persistently driving opportunity offshore, trend disinvestment in research and development, continued lack of progress on energy security, and consistently reckless path of financial policy (i.e., deficit spending and mounting debt). Of course, they will also highlight the obscene financial crisis of September 2008—and the equally obscene failure in private markets and in government oversight. They will ask why spending on the retired Boomers is crowding out public programs geared to their age segment. And they will point to the profound ramifications of the “sudden decompression” of U.S. moral authority in the world, the unraveling of the nuclear non-proliferation regime, the unrelenting environmental degradation, the incessant threat of infectious disease, and the constant shift in the global balance of economic and financial power.
The goal of the “Class of 2025 Initiative” is to visualize different Americas—good, bad and ugly—and develop concrete approaches and strategies on how to maximize the position of the United States in a rapidly changing world.