Obama, education, justice, and human rights—these are some of the favorite topics from 2010.
Available anytime anywhere, audio podcasts are by far the Carnegie Council's most popular offering. Here is a list of the five most downloaded audio podcasts in 2010, starting with George Friedman's talk, which was accessed over 20,000 times.
If you prefer, however, you may watch the accompanying videos or read the transcripts.
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Top Five Audio Podcasts in 2010
- Obama's Foreign Policy: What Matters and What Doesn't for America's Future?
George Friedman, Strategic Forecasting
Elections and campaigns are about options. Governing is about constraints. For Obama--and every president--what happens when foreign policy options meet foreign policy constraints?
- Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?
Michael J. Sandel, Harvard University
Political philosopher Michael Sandel turns the Council into a classroom. Using questions such as military service, he engages the audience in a lively debate on what individuals owe society.
- The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the World
Ben Wildavsky, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Ben Wildavsky shows how international competition for the brightest minds is transforming the world of higher education—and why this revolution should be welcomed, not feared.
- The U.S. Navy's New Energy Revolution
Ray Mabus, U.S. Navy
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus is working to chart a new course for the Navy and Marine Corps, that by 2020 will dramatically reduce the amount of fossil fuels consumed by the naval services. He also prepared the long-term recovery plan for the Gulf of Mexico in the aftermath of the oil spill.
- Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security--From World War II to the War on Terrorism
Julian E. Zelizer, Princeton University
According to historian Julian Zelizer, partisan fighting has always shaped American foreign policy, and the issue of national security has always been part of our domestic conflicts.
The second most popular category in 2010 was original articles.
Top Five Most Popular Articles Posted in 2010
Defining a Right to Move?
James Farrar, Sophia University; Devin T. Stewart, Carnegie Council
Beyond the ethical and practical arguments for immigration reform, the strongest case for an internationally recognized right to move may arise out of the "worst-case scenarios" of global climate change.
- Obama and Democracy Assistance: Challenges and Responses
Richard Lappin, University of Leuven
Although Obama has largely avoided the term democracy assistance, in fact he has delivered a considered and astute response to overcoming Bush's tarnished legacy--a response which promises to deliver a more sophisticated and coherent brand of democracy assistance.
- Global Economic Policy and Human Rights: Three Sites of Disconnection
Margot E. Solomon, London School of Economics
In this critical post-financial crisis period, Margot Salomon of LSE underscores the demands that international human rights law place on a more ethical form of economic globalization.
- Incentivizing Peace in the Middle East: A New Role for the United States
Jonathan Cristol, Bard College
The issue in the Israel/Palestinian conflict is not a lack of desire for peace, but the political inability to achieve it. The basic contours of an agreement already exist. It is time for the U.S. to force a resolution to the conflict by providing incentives for both sides to finally sign on to it.
- This Is about Leadership: The Circular Debate of the Military's Gay Ban
Katherine A. Miller, West Point
In August 2010, three months after writing this article, West Point Cadet Katherine Miller publicly announced she was gay and resigned from West Point, saying that "Don't Ask Don't Tell" had caused her to lie and thus violate West Point's Honor Code.