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Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics | 03/02/15
I. Glenn Cohen, Robert L. Klitzman
Medical tourism is big business, involving millions of patients who travel abroad to get health care. Some travel to avoid queues and save money. Others seek services that are illegal in their own country, such as abortions and surrogate pregnancies. As Cohen explains, this growing industry opens a Pandora's box of legal and ethical questions.
Killing and Cartoons | 03/02/15
This year Paris and Copenhagen learned that there are still people willing to kill for cartoons. The dilemma of what to think about their publication remains. What to do? Moral philosopher David Rodin tackles the difficult questions surrounding free speech in liberal societies.
Ethics on Film: Discussion of "Timbuktu" | 02/25/15
An extraordinary film, "Timbuktu" chronicles a brief period during the 2012 occupation of the ancient Malian city by the militant Islamic group Ansar Dine. What do these stories tell us about how extremism plays out on the ground, for both the occupied and the occupiers?
Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2015 | 01/15/15
"The world in 2015 looks a lot more dangerous, a lot more vulnerable," says global political risk specialist Ian Bremmer in his annual forecast. He notes that while the United States and China, the world's largest and second-largest economies, are doing better economically, the global environment is geopolitically much worse.
Strategies for Countering Violent Extremists | 12/05/14
Jean-Paul Laborde, Joanne J. Myers
Jean-Paul Laborde, executive director of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) discusses the role of the UN in countering terrorism worldwide.
A Conversation with Will Kymlicka on the Challenges of Multiculturalism | 11/11/14
Will Kymlicka, James Traub
From Canada to Europe, how do different societies deal with immigrant groups? How have their policies evolved and where are they headed? What rights should domestic animals have? Will Kymlicka ably shows that the world is going through a rights revolution, demolishing the old hierarchies and gradually becoming more and more inclusive.
From Paris to Moscow: The Rise of New Far-Right Movements Across Europe | 10/31/14
Marlene Laruelle, David C. Speedie
What effect has the Ukraine crisis had on the rise of ultra-nationalist forces in Russia and what has been the impact on Russia's neighbors? What is the situation among Europe's different far-right movements? Russia/Eurasia/Europe expert Marlene Laruelle has answers to these complex questions and more.
Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy | 10/15/14
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.
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?
Was World War I Inevitable? | 09/03/14
We're still trying to understand what World War I meant. It is a very complex event, one that has echoes into the present, and we've all been thinking recently about parallels between that world and our own world. One of the very important things is not to start by assuming that it was inevitable.
Modern Europe's Roma: Still Denied Social Justice | 08/02/14
Margareta Matache, Jacqueline Bhabha
Despite sustained EU efforts to develop a vigorous Roma inclusion policy, the vast majority of the 10–12 million strong European Roma remain severely marginalized, frequent targets of violence, and mired in entrenched poverty. How can we ensure that the EU does indeed become a fierce defender of human rights for all those who live within its borders?
July 1914: Sean McMeekin on the Outbreak of World War I | 07/10/14
Sean McMeekin, Mladen Joksic
Would Europe have gone to war had Franz Ferdinand survived his visit to Bosnia? What were the blunders and miscalculations on all sides that fateful July 1914? Read historian Sean McMeekin's take.
Cataclysm: David Stevenson on World War I as Political Tragedy | 06/18/14
David Stevenson, Mladen Joksic
David Stevenson discusses the military and political decisions on both sides that led to World War I; the Eastern, Balkan, and Italian Fronts, which are often overlooked; the role of the colonies for the Allies; and much more.
The European Parliament Elections and Rise of the Far Right: Three Reasons for Reassurance, Three for Concern | 06/06/14
David C. Speedie
The European Parliament election results are in, and the ominous has become the grim reality. Fueled by high unemployment across the continent and anti-immigrant anger, Far-Right (and in some isolated cases Far-Left) parties achieved momentous gains. What does this mean for the future and why does it matter to the United States?
The Long Shadow: David Reynolds on World War I | 05/19/14
David Reynolds, Zach Dorfman
David Reynolds discusses the different ways the carnage of World War I is memorialized in Europe and its different long-term effects on Western and Eastern Europe; England, Scotland, and Ireland; and lastly, the United States.
Moral Imagination | 05/14/14
David Bromwich draws upon thinkers such as Burke, Lincoln, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. to show that it is moral imagination which allows us to judge the right and wrong of actions apart from ourselves, to see the needs of strangers as clearly as the needs of friends. Thus it is essential to governing and to the well-being of the state.
The Rise of the New Far Right in Europe and Implications for European Parliament Elections | 05/13/14
David Art, Virág Molnár, Cas Mudde
This panel gives an excellent overview of the complexities of the rise of right-wing populism across Europe, focusing in particular on France, the UK, and Hungary. The discussion illuminates the differences and similarities between the movements and shows how in many countries the themes of the radical left have been hijacked by the radical right.
Dance of the Furies: Michael Neiberg on Europe and the Outbreak of World War I | 04/16/14
Michael Neiberg, Mladen Joksic
"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."
Iran and Nuclear Proliferation: Update with Joseph Cirincione | 04/16/14
Joseph Cirincione, David C. Speedie
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.
Blueprint or Scramble? | 04/11/14
McKenzie Funk, Luke Helm, Bjørn Lomborg, Janet Peace, Axel Winter, Julia Taylor Kennedy
Climate change is impacting the globe in surprising ways. The Maldives might be submerged, but Canadian trade could benefit from new waterways. What's the best way forward--short-term responses or long-term solutions? Don't miss the next episode, which looks at the shift from climate change mitigation to adaptation.