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The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil | 04/17/14 How can corporations work to prevent human rights violations on their watch, as well as disasters like the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion? Christine Bader discusses her time at BP, where she was part of the invisible army of people inside corporations who are pushing for safer and more responsible practices.
Jingo Unchained: What World War I Wrought | 04/17/14 When we think about the centenary of World War I in 2014, we should consider first and foremost what it has meant for the life of our republic, and how the corrosive actions of a few can have enormously outsized consequences for the rest of us. One hundred years later, we are still fighting for or against Woodrow Wilson's war.
Dance of the Furies: Michael Neiberg on Europe and the Outbreak of World War I | 04/16/14 "It is impossible for me to see how a Second World War, a Holocaust, a Cold War, a globally-engaged United States, and decolonization could happen without the First World War. In fact, in my view we can gain a lot of clarity by seeing the two world wars as one war, almost as a second Thirty Years War."
Ukraine, The Great Powers, Budapest, and "Astheneia" | 04/16/14 Was it unethical for the United States to give Ukraine non-binding security guarantees as an inducement for giving up nuclear weapons?
Iran and Nuclear Proliferation: Update with Joseph Cirincione | 04/16/14 Joseph Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, discusses the status and prospects for the ongoing P5+1 talks in Vienna on Iran's nuclear program, and the importance of successful negotiations for the global nuclear nonproliferation agenda.
Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East | 04/15/14 What if a group decides democratically that they don't want to be liberal--that they want an "illiberal democracy"? Shadi Hamid argues that repression originally compelled Islamists to moderate their politics. But ironically, democratic openings pushed them back to their original fundamentalism, leaving no space for liberal norms such as women's rights.
Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific | 04/14/14 No wonder the South China Sea is important to China, says Robert Kaplan. It's the Mediterranean of Asia, the center of international commerce, including energy shipments. Plus, if the Chinese control it and thus gain access to the Indian Ocean, China will have a two-ocean navy, transforming it in military terms from a regional power into a world power.
An Update from Ukraine | 04/11/14 From Odessa, political scientist Dr. Nicolai Petro discusses the unrest in the eastern Donbas region and possibilities for a diplomatic resolution of the Ukraine crisis.