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Asha Castleberry on the 2016 Election and the Fight Against ISIS | 08/25/16 U.S. Army veteran Asha Castleberry discusses veterans' reactions to the 2016 presidential campaign, and also the ongoing U.S. anti-ISIS military campaign, which is preparing to liberate Mosul in Iraq. "This is definitely a big push from the Obama administration before President Obama leaves office—he wants to liberate Mosul."
The "Living, Breathing Modern Miracle" of ASEAN | 08/23/16 Southeast Asia is the most diverse region on Earth, says Kishore Mahbubani, yet instead of a clash of civilizations, ASEAN is bringing about a fusion of civilizations--something that other regions could learn from. "So Southeast Asia, especially ASEAN, brings a lot of hope to the world. That's why I call it a living, breathing modern miracle."
Ethics on Film: Discusson of "Selma" | 08/22/16 This stirring film gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Selma-to-Montgomery march and illustrates how and why King's strategy worked. It also shows the devastating consequences of this civil disobedience and the countervailing forces on both sides. Seeing King in this way—as a human being, with flaws and doubts—will only add to his legacy.
The Conscious Company | 08/22/16 Corporate leaders are increasingly aware that businesses can provide a positive (or negative) impact on the environment and community. But how can conscious companies prioritize social benefit while still pursuing profit? In part 2 of our series on conscious capitalism, we hear from Eileen Fisher, Patagonia, and other leading thinkers in the field.
What the Realities in China Mean for U.S. Policy | 08/19/16 A frequent visitor to China, Professor Eisenman is an astute observer of the cataclysmic changes taking place there, from the emptying-out of the countryside to the ubiquitous use of the Wechat app. What's his advice for U.S. policy? Americans should try to understand China better, and be far more realistic and modest in their objectives.
Reading List and Discussion Questions on Religion and Tolerance in Indonesia | 08/18/16
Amid growing Islamophobia and populism in Europe and the United States, a more complete picture of Islam is crucial, and Indonesia can serve as an ideal case study to provide such a broader view. This 10.5-week Asia Dialogues reading list with discussion questions is a good place to start.
Reading List and Discussion Questions on Climate Change and The Philippines | 08/16/16
With severe typhoons a regular occurrence, the Philippines has become the portrait of climate change victimhood. This 10-week Asia Dialogues Program reading list covers all aspects of how the nation is grappling with climate change.
Interview with Robert Sparrow on Autonomous Weapon Systems and Respect in Warfare | 08/16/16 Professor Sparrow works on ethical issues raised by new technologies. Here he discusses Autonomous Weapons Systems (AWS), often referred to as "killer robots." Unlike drones, which are remotely operated by humans, with AWS the robot itself determines who should live or die. What are the ethical arguments for and against these killing machines?