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Chris Brown is an independent China energy policy analyst and consultant » People

From "Indispensable Nation" to "Realism-Based Restraint": Reconsidering U.S. Engagement with the World | 11/24/14
Chas W. Freeman, Jr., David C. Speedie
Former ambassador Chas Freeman has had a wide breadth of diplomatic experience, from the Middle East to Africa, East Asia, and Europe. In this conversation he eloquently speaks his mind on the negative effects of sanctions, the folly of U.S. unqualified support for Israel, the U.S. strategy and diplomacy deficits, and much more. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Citizenship, Identity, and Conflict in South Asia's Borderlands | 11/20/14
Suchitra Vijayan, Liana Sterling
The intrepid Suchitra Vijayan is working on a 9,000-mile journey through South Asia, which has taken her to Afghanistan and Pakistan, the disputed territory of Kashmir, and India's borders with Burma and China. What has she learned so far about the effects of borders on human lives? » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

A Conversation with David Keyes on Advancing Human Rights | 11/14/14
David Keyes, Andrew Nagorski
In the Soviet era, it was difficult to alert the world of what was happening to dissidents, says David Keyes. Today, however, there's an overload of information from YouTube and other sources and the challenge is how to overcome "human rights fatigue." He explains how crowd-sourcing and other means can get the word out. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities | 10/29/14
Benjamin R. Barber, Joanne J. Myers
In the face of the most perilous challenges of our time, from terrorism to climate change, nation-states seem paralyzed. Can cities and the mayors who run them do a better job? The answer is yes, says Benjamin Barber, and in fact they are already doing it. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Shifts and the Shocks: What We've Learned--and Have Still to Learn--From the Financial Crisis | 10/23/14
Martin Wolf
Why did the 2008 financial crisis occur? What should it teach us about modern economies and economics? Martin Wolf does a masterly job of untangling this complex catastrophe and proposes how we can avoid repeating our past mistakes. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy | 10/15/14
Francis Fukuyama
What are the requirements for a liberal democracy? It's not just voting, says Fukuyama. It needs a distinction between public and private interest; rule of law; and accountability. Although the U.S. started off as a weak, corrupt state, it became a liberal democracy. Yet all political systems are subject to decay, and that's what's happening to the U.S. today. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Elite Perceptions of the United States in Europe and Asia | 10/13/14
Xenia Wickett, David C. Speedie
An interesting new report finds that political and business leaders in Asia value U.S. hard power while Europeans focus on American values. Both, however, view U.S. business and entrepreneurial spirit more positively than the government. What do these attitudes mean for policymakers and civil society? » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Climate Change and the Future of Humanity | 09/19/14
Dale Jamieson, Darrel Moellendorf, Mary Robinson, Henry Shue
Climate change is already here. The seas are rising, the glaciers are melting, and the atmosphere is warming. How can we work together to set a different course for humanity? » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Ethical Issues for Today | 09/18/14
Elie Wiesel
What is the difference between ethics and law? Unlike the law, ethics involves other people, says Elie Wiesel, in this powerful, moving, and wide-ranging talk in 1996. We must be sensitive to the needs of others and constantly ask ourselves if we are doing enough to stand up for victims and care for others, both compatriots and strangers. » Publications » Archive » Nizer Lectures (1994–1998)

Trans-Pacific Contest 2015: Win a Trip to New York City | 09/04/14
ESSAY OR VIDEO TOPIC: What is the future of U.S.-Asia relations or of the United States and one of the Asian countries listed below? Please use specific examples or stories to illustrate your points. Each entry must be a collaboration between a student who is a citizen of the United States and a student from one of the listed East Asian countries. DEADLINE: April 30, 2015. » News » Press Releases

Trust and Economic Growth in China | 07/01/14
Edward Chin, William C. Kirby, Madeleine Lynn, Evan Osnos, Hao Wu, Julia Taylor Kennedy
With 30 years of growth under its belt, has China joined the ranks of "developed" economies like the United States and Japan? What are obstacles to China's economic growth? What are its success stories? And how is Hong Kong faring? » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Trust and Economic Growth in China | 07/01/14
Edward Chin, William C. Kirby, Madeleine Lynn, Evan Osnos, Hao Wu, Julia Taylor Kennedy » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move? | 06/09/14
Patrick Tucker
Today we create information in everything that we do, and there is no going back. But instead of seeing this as as a threat, we should seize the opportunity to use it to our advantage, says Patrick Tucker. Big data can improve our lives, offering everything from more informed consumer choices to more accurate and detailed medical data. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Corporations as Agents of Change | 05/22/14
Christine Bader, Carole Basri, Wayne Brody, Aneel Karnani, Alice Korngold, Julia Taylor Kennedy
Can today's powerful multinational corporations be a force for social good? Should they be, and if so, how should this be implemented? Are they out for themselves, their customers, society, or some combination of all three? » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices from the Internet Underground | 05/20/14
Emily Parker
Authoritarian governments try to isolate individuals from one another, but in the age of social media this is impossible to do. Online, people discover that they are not alone. As one blogger put it, "Now I know who my comrades are." The question is, what's next? » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China | 05/19/14
Evan Osnos
In Chinese, the word for ambition is "wild heart" and for millennia individual aspirations were looked down on, as the group always came first. How China has changed! » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices from the Internet Underground | 05/16/14
Emily Parker
Authoritarian governments try to isolate individuals from one another, but in the age of social media this is impossible to do. Online, people discover that they are not alone. As one blogger put it, "Now I know who my comrades are." The question is, what's next? » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Attacks on the Press: Journalism on the Front Lines | 05/13/14
Joel Simon, Jacob Weisberg
Journalists have always faced attacks on their freedom to report stories and often on their physical safety as well. Now they face a new threat: digital surveillance. Electronic spying means that journalists cannot protect their sources, and undermines the public's confidence in the media's ability to operate without government interference. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Other China: Hunger Part I - The Three Red Flags of Death (1976) | 04/28/14
Ivan D. London, Miriam London
Up to to 43 million people died in China's famine of 1959-61, but few knew about it until decades later. Yet the information was there. From 1965-75, the Londons interviewed Chinese refugees and reported on the real story. It's hard to comprehend millions of deaths. These vivid and distressing interview excerpts bring it home. » Publications » 100 for 100

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