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Chris Brown is an independent China energy policy analyst and consultant
Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers | 11/18/15
Master storyteller, researcher, and traveler Simon Winchester takes us on a fascinating voyage through the Pacific, tying it all together with two ethical questions: Should the Americans and the Chinese have a level playing field? And should we respect the ways of the Pacific ancients?
The Aging of the Cuban Embargo and the Coming Era in U.S.-Latin American Relations | 11/10/15
The decades-long U.S.trade embargo is still in force, yet meanwhile time has not stood still for Cuba. Lynn Holland looks at Cuba's network of overseas alliances, which range from trade to education, medical diplomacy, and peacekeeping. She goes on to discuss areas of fruitful cooperation between the U.S. and Cuba.
The Confucian Vision for a Good Society | 11/09/15
James Hsiung gives a clear and compelling explanation of Confucius' views on harmonious human relations and how societies should be run, discussing how his thought differs from Western philosophy. He also explains why and how Confucianism has finally been rehabilitated, after almost a century of ignominy.
Jiyoung Song on Asia and the West: "Whose Century?" | 11/05/15
Jiyoung Song, Devin T. Stewart
Is this the end of the American Century, the beginning of an Asian Century, or none of the above? Is there a model for the state in Asia? Is there a common set of values? Is there a set of ethics that will be attractive to the rest of the world? These are just some of the questions that Jiyoung Song addresses in this interview on Asia and the West.
Chinese Immigrant Experiences in New York City | 11/03/15
Henry Chang, Jiayang Fan, Peter Kwong, Kavitha Rajagopalan
Manhattan's Chinatown is a city within a city; it's very poorly understood by outsiders. This panel of insiders helps change that. Topics include migrant financing, an overview of Chinese migration, the Chinatown gang wars of the 1970s, the "model minority" myth, and today's encroaching gentrification.
American Century, Asian Century, or Nobody's Century? | 11/02/15
Joshua Eisenman, Zachary Karabell, Jiyoung Song
Is the American century coming to a close, and if so, what's taking its place? Was there ever an American century to begin with? These questions have been around for at least a decade, but are still under debate. In this lively discussion, three experts with different perspectives give their opinions and forecasts for the future.
Secular Ethics: Old/New Shakyamuni, Dalai Lama | 10/23/15
In this lively, learned, and funny talk, leading U.S. expert on Tibetan Buddhism Robert Thurman riffs off the Dalai Lama's secular ethics project, laying out the theory--and science--of karma and why it's important for all of us to learn to be more compassionate and other-directed. After all, it's a form of enlightened self-interest.
Trans-Pacific Partnership: Prospects and Challenges | 10/14/15
Ankit Panda, Devin T. Stewart
After nearly five years of difficult talks, 12 Pacific Rim states have finalized the text of the TPP, a free-trade agreement that has the potential to change the face of global commerce. Ankit Panda of "The Diplomat" spoke to Carnegie Council's Devin Stewart, who worked on the preliminary blueprint for the TPP earlier in his career.
Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran: Assessment and Prospects | 08/20/15
Gary Sick, David C. Speedie
Professor Gary Sick, Iran expert at Columbia University and lead White House negotiator during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, assesses the merits of the recently negotiated agreement on Iran's nuclear program and the prospects for the upcoming vote in Congress.
Ethical Leadership: A Conversation with Chuck Hagel | 06/23/15
Chuck Hagel, David C. Speedie
The one constant in Chuck Hagel's varied and pressure-filled career has been ethical leadership. How have his experiences--in war, the boardroom, Congress, and as secretary of defense--shaped his leadership style?
An Interview with Jim Sleeper on the Future of Liberal Education | 06/18/15
Jim Sleeper, Zach Dorfman
Is anything in liberal education nonnegotiable? In this EIA interview, Jim Sleeper, author of "Innocents Abroad: Liberal Educators in Illiberal Societies," published in the journal's summer 2015 issue, talks about how numerous American universities are testing these limits.
Innocents Abroad? Liberal Educators in Illiberal Societies | 06/15/15
Is anything in liberal education nonnegotiable? With numerous expansions abroad, American universities are testing these limits.
A Conversation with Ethan Zuckerman on the Ethics of the Internet | 06/10/15
Ethan Zuckerman, Randall Pinkston
"We have the capacity to get stories from every part of the globe. The question is, what do we want to pay attention to? The crazy thing that has happened over 20 years of the consumer Internet is that we have told the market that we care about people who look like us, act like us, feel like us, and we don't much care about anybody else."
The Strategic Importance of U.S.-China Trade Ties | 06/03/15
Everyone worries about the escalation of China's maritime disputes in the South China Sea. But the greatest long-term threat to U.S.-China relations may be something far less vivid, warns analyst Ali Wyne.
From Nuclear Deterrence to Disarmament: Evolving Catholic Perspectives | 06/01/15
Bernardito C. Auza, Des Browne, J. Bryan Hehir, Maryann Cusimano Love, Gerard F. Powers
In this timely and important discussion on nuclear weapons, Des Browne provides the broader policy context; Archbishop Auza presents the Holy See's position over the last 70 years; Father Hehir connects the policy debate and the moral debate; and Professor Love connects the nuclear debate to the wider debate about peacebuilding.
U.S.-China MOOC Cooperation: Toward Educational Advancement | 05/20/15
Joel Alexander, Sophie Site Jia
Although MOOCs are booming in China, the country still faces structural and technical challenges. A U.S.-China partnership on MOOCs will offer educational benefits to the large labor force in China and an additional market to expanding MOOCs in the United States.
The UN's Efforts in International Development: Relevant or Not? | 05/19/15
David M. Malone
Which development initiatives really work? Drawing on his personal and professional experience, the UN's David Malone notes that experts' projects often fail and there are many paths to growth--take India and China, for example. The trend now is to move away from grand schemes. What's important are each group's social preferences.
Towards Non-Western Histories in International Relations Textbooks | 05/08/15
"Exceptionalism" and many other concepts didn't originate solely in the West, yet most international relations textbooks continue to focus on Western history when outlining the evolution of the international order. Francis Grice shows what a lopsided, misleading worldview this is, and suggests how to move towards providing truly global histories.
Full Planet, Empty Plates | 05/07/15
Lester R. Brown, Janet Larsen
"We are in transition today from an age of surpluses to an age of scarcity," says Lester Brown. The reasons are manifold: population growth; climate change; water scarcity; a substantial part of the U.S. grain harvest being used for fuel; increased demands because of rising affluence; and a glass ceiling for crop yields.