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Is the Eurozone Crisis Over? | 09/24/15
Economist Martin Wolf lays out the three enormous problems Europe faces today: relations with Russia; a possible Brexit; and the migration crisis. He goes on to analyze Europe's economic situation, declaring that the 2008 crash resulted in well over a lost decade, and the economic and political repercussions will be felt for many more years to come.
Ethics on Film: Discussion of "Schindler's List" | 09/01/15
It's almost impossible to grasp the enormity of the Holocaust, and there's also the danger of regarding it as a one-time occurrence in the distant past. "Schindler's List" is a powerful tool for teaching about the Holocaust, genocide, good and evil, and the question of individual accountability. "What would I have done?" "What am I doing now to stop injustice?"
Solidarity or Self-interest? European Integration and the German Question | 08/17/15
"Germany today is earnest in its desire to be a good European neighbor, but it does not believe that it can or should pay any cost as part of this role," writes David Miles. "One problem is that economic, not ethical values have become the lodestone of the European Union."
Europe's Muslims: Challenges and Misconceptions | 06/17/15
Jocelyne Cesari, Juan Cole, David C. Speedie
Months after the "Charlie Hebdo" attacks, questions remain about Europe's Muslims. How strong is the lure of al-Qaeda and ISIS for youth in France or the UK? Why do so many, including those born and raised in affluent European states, feel disconnected from society? For a nuanced analysis of these misunderstood communities, watch this video.
Agenda for the Future: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights | 06/11/15
Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein
"Our planet is indivisible. There is no longer such a thing as a small, faraway country. No such thing as an acceptable level of discrimination, against any group." Don't miss this moving speech by UN High Commissioner Al Hussein, which covers all aspects of the universal principles of human rights, including the current refugee crisis.
Are We At War With Islam? | 04/17/15
Jocelyne Cesari, David C. Speedie
In Europe, both non-Muslims and Muslims need to honestly confront and contend with the stereotypes, anxieties, and resentments they have about each other, says Professor Cesari in this probing conversation on Muslims in Europe.
Ethical Systems Design: Bringing Behavioral Science Into Corporate Life | 04/13/15
Sarah J. Dahlgren, Jack Ewing, Jonathan Haidt, Mark W. Olson, Ann Tenbrunsel, Julia Taylor Kennedy
This is the first in a series of podcasts in collaboration with EthicalSystems.org to explore behavioral science in the workplace. In this installment, we're turning to the financial industry, specifically Deutsche Bank and the Federal Reserve, to explore how the financial system is beginning to apply behavioral economics to incentivize ethical decision-making and foster internal ethical cultures.
Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe | 02/05/15
"Europe has always been a place of conflict and malice and anger and hatred, between classes and between nations. The question now is, can it be contained? I doubt it very much. The period from 1992 to 2008 was an interregnum, and an unnatural one. Europe is returning to itself, and when Europe gets sick, the world gets sick with it."
Clip of the Month: George Friedman on the Essential European Problem | 01/30/15
Stratfor founder and chairman George Friedman says that German reliance on exports and illegal entrepreneurism in Greece and other less affluent European economies, in large part, led to the debt crisis.
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.
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.
The Shifts and the Shocks: What We've Learned--and Have Still to Learn--From the Financial Crisis | 10/23/14
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.
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?
How to Prevent Another Great Recession | 09/23/14
Asli Ay, Niovi Christopoulou
First, there will definitely be another recession, says Ay. As long as people make free economic decisions, they will make mistakes. But it's important to understand the fundamental reasons behind the recent subprime crisis. She goes on to discuss financial regulation, loan securitization, and the pitfalls of encouraging home ownership.
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?
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.
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.