Currency wars, American business and economics, continuing unrest in the Arab World, and U.S. foreign policy—these were among the top stories that our listeners downloaded this year.
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1) Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis
James G. Rickards, Omnis Inc.
We are already in Currency War III, says Rickards, who sees four possible outcomes—none of them good—that he calls "the four horsemen of the dollar apocalypse." Here's a tip: keep your eye on gold. (Public Affairs Program, January 2012)
2) Power, Inc. The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government--and the Reckoning That Lies Ahead
David Rothkopf, Garten Rothkopf; Foreign Policy
David Rothkopf issues a wake-up call to Americans: We have to drop our knee-jerk, partisan attitudes and ask, "What will produce the kind of society that we want to have?" We also have to stop assuming that U.S. capitalism and U.S. views will be dominant in the future. (Public Affairs Program, March 2012)
3) The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations
Michael L. Ross, UCLA; Center for Southeast Asia Studies
According to Michael Ross, it's no coincidence that major oil-producing countries have less democracy, fewer opportunities for women, more frequent civil wars, and more volatile economic growth than the rest of the world. (Public Affairs Program, March 2012)
4) Global Ethics Corner: The Arab Spring Turns One Year Old: What Next?
As the Arab Spring celebrates its one-year anniversary, the West is cautiously awaiting the next step. Will democracy flourish in the Middle East and North Africa? Or will authoritarianism and fundamental Islam be the basis for the new governments born from the revolutions of 2011? (Global Ethics Corner Multimedia Series, February 2012)
5) The Emergency State: America's Pursuit of Absolute National Security at All Costs
David C. Unger, The New York Times
David Unger argues that because of national security fears, the U.S. has bypassed its Constitution, creating an "emergency state." The result is excessive military spending, a series of unconstitutional wars, and skewed global trade policies. He also tackles Europe's economic crisis. (Public Affairs Program, February 2012)
6) Global Ethics Corner: North Korea: Engage, Ignore, or Confront?
With the recent death of Kim Jong-il, the United States is once again wondering what to do about North Korea. Is engagement with the nation's new leader, Kim Jong-un, the answer? Or should the U.S. isolate the rogue state and continue to ignore its threats? (Global Ethics Corner Multimedia Series, January 2012)
7) Microinequalities Inflicted on Women
Samantha Brennan, University of Western Ontario
Why is it that a woman can lead a country, yet women are slower to be served in coffee shops? In the West, women and men share equal status under the law. But in countless practical ways, women experience inequality on a daily basis. (Public Ethics Radio, February 2012)
8) A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama's Diplomacy with Iran
Trita Parsi, National Iranian American Council
Trita Parsi recounts the previously unknown story of American and Iranian negotiations during Obama's early years as president, and the real reasons for their current stalemate. Contrary to prevailing opinion, Parsi contends that diplomacy has not been fully tried. (Public Affairs Program, January 2012)
9) Global Ethics Corner: Should the International Community Intervene in Syria?
It's been almost a year since demonstrations started in Syria and the government crackdown gets bloodier every day. With sanctions not producing results, is it time for a military intervention? Or do conditions on the ground and possible civilian deaths make this option too risky? (Global Ethics Corner Multimedia Series, February 2012)
10) Global Ethics Corner: Made in the USA: The Return of American Manufacturing
President Obama's plan for a manufacturing revival has seen bipartisan support, but some economists are asking serious questions. Will more Americans on assembly lines stifle innovation? And can the U.S. compete with the lower wages and willing workers found overseas? (Global Ethics Corner Multimedia Series, January 2012)