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The Needs of Refugee Women and Children in the Global Humanitarian Crisis | 06/24/16 In this powerful talk, executive director Sarah Costa explains the work of the Women's Refugee Commission, and discusses the current crisis. The numbers are staggering: one in 122 people across the world have been forced to flee, and the majority are women and children. The average length of displacement is 20 years. What can be done to help?
Islam and Pluralism in Indonesia | 06/24/16 "It's going on 20 years that Indonesia has been engaged in a very important experiment, which is to create a democracy in a Muslim-majority place," explains journalist and scholar Margaret Scott. In this valuable interview, she untangles the complex relationships between various factions of Islam and politics in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.
Time to Wake Up | 06/23/16 "The story of our failure on climate change is a story of our failure to understand the truly manipulative and evil effects of money in politics," declares Senator Whitehouse. "It's being deployed right now. You undo Citizens United and we will have a bill in a month."
Move Over, Black Swan: Here Comes the Gray Rhino | 06/22/16 Black swans are unforeseeable, but gray rhinos are the looming threats right in front of our noses that we choose to ignore, says policy analyst Michele Wucker. Her top five rhinos right now are: the fragmentation of the EU; liquidity shocks in the financial markets; political instability in the U.S.; climate change; and the Middle East.
The July NATO Warsaw Summit: How Will NATO Adapt to a New Security Environment? | 06/17/16 Today NATO must protect itself from Russian threats on its Eastern borders and ISIS to the South, plus terrorism and cyber attacks, while also managing the flow of migration and patrolling the seas. Therefore the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw is of paramount importance.
Integration and the European Migration "Crisis" | 06/16/16 How we treat the millions arriving in Europe will affect all our futures, writes migration expert Jenny Phillimore. "We can genuinely welcome people, accept them as part of our world, support them to have the same opportunities as us, and adapt to our increased diversity, or we can exclude them and await the social and economic consequences."
The Progressive's Paradox | 06/15/16 Can left-wing ideologies ever co-exist comfortably with military intervention? U.S. foreign policy over the past two decades has failed to align squarely with the two major domestic political parties—is the liberal/conservative distinction here a myth?
"Sexualities in World Politics: How LGBTQ Claims Shape International Relations" edited by Manuela Lavinas Picq and Markus Thiel | 06/15/16
The essays in "Sexualities in World Politics" argue that LGBTQ perspectives are deeply enriching for international relations theory. As the rights of LGBTQ people increasingly take hold as foreign policy concerns, these perspectives are long overdue for serious consideration by IR theorists.