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To End All Wars: Adam Hochschild on World War I | 02/27/14
Adam Hochschild, Mladen Joksic
The consequences of World War I are still with us, says Adam Hochschild. Are we in danger of making the same mistakes again? Why were Europeans so eager to go to war? What happened to those who publicly opposed it? Read the answers to these questions and more in this fascinating interview.
Ethics Matter: Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2014 with Ian Bremmer | 01/22/14
So what should we look out for in 2014? "The economic risks are receding. The geopolitical risks are becoming more important," says political risk guru Ian Bremmer. Don't miss this entertaining but fact-filled talk for insights on global affairs, from U.S. foreign policy, to the Middle East, Asia, Russia, Europe, and emerging markets.
Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy | 12/13/13
Eri Hotta, Ian Buruma
Why did Japan recklessly attack the United States in 1941, launching a war that most of the nation's leaders knew they were almost certain to lose? Why did they go ahead, despite heated internal debates? Get the inside story from a Japanese perspective.
Ethics on Film: Discussion of "The Fifth Estate" | 12/03/13
"The Fifth Estate" tells the story of Julian Assange and his Wikileaks organization. Since the story is still ongoing, was it too early to make this film? What are Assange's motives--ethics, self-agrandizement, or both? How accurate is the film? At this point, perhaps only the two main characters know for sure.
No Ordinary Men: New Book by Former Carnegie Council Trustee Elisabeth Sifton and Historian Fritz Stern | 11/13/13
Very few Germans took the risk of actively opposing Hitler's tyranny and terror, and fewer still did so to protect the sanctity of law and faith. In "No Ordinary Men," Elisabeth Sifton and Fritz Stern focus on two remarkable, courageous men who did: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi.
Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change | 10/30/13
"America has strayed pretty far from the pioneer spirit captured by Willa Cather and the movie 'Shane,'" says Nobel Prize-winner Edmund Phelps. What happened? Phelps argues that since the 1960s, there has been a resurgence of certain traditional and anti-modern values. This has resulted in "a new corporatism," which stifles innovation.
Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War | 10/09/13
We should break free of the cliché that World War I was futile, argues Max Hastings. "Germany in 1914, as ruled by the Kaiser and his generals and ministers, represented a malign force whose triumph had to be frustrated."
Strategy: A History | 10/04/13
Creating a successful strategy is not just a question of being cleverer than your opponent. Sir Lawrence Freedman lays out some cardinal rules: think about how you are going to endure; have empathy with those whom you want to work with you, but also those who might oppose you; and be able to form coalitions.
Year Zero: A History of 1945 | 10/01/13
The reverberations of 1945 are still felt today, politically, socially, and economically. In this fascinating talk, Ian Buruma gives us an understanding of what happened in that fateful year, when one world ended and a new, uncertain world began.
The Fate of Cultural Property in Wartime: Why it Matters and What Should Be Done | 09/17/13
Jennifer Otterson Mollick
Cultural property protection in conflict is often neglected as people argue that the lives of individuals in warzones are far more important than old buildings, pots, and books. However, it is not a question of prioritizing. We must not dismiss cultural property protection in conflicts as secondary to humanitarian tragedy, but as part of the effort to save humanity.
Why the West Fears Islam: New Book from Global Ethics Fellow Jocelyne Cesari | 08/05/13
Are Muslims threatening the core values of the West? Jocelyne Cesari examines this question through the lens of testimonies from Muslims in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States.
New Book by Harvard's Islam in the West Scholar, Jocelyne Cesari | 07/25/13
Harvard University issued a press release for the book "Why the West Fears Islam: An Exploration of Muslims in Liberal Democracies" by Jocelyne Cesari, Global Ethics Fellow and Director of Harvard University's Islam in the West Program.
Why the West Fears Islam: An Exploration of Muslims in Liberal Democracies | 07/03/13
Are Muslims threatening the core values of the West? In her latest book, Global Ethics Fellow Jocelyne Cesari examines this question through the lens of testimonies from Muslims in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States.
Human Trafficking Around the World: Hidden in Plain Sight | 05/16/13
Victims of trafficking are both young and old, male and female. They can be found working in factories, fields, brothels, private homes, and innumerable other settings. They may be hidden behind walls or seen in plain view. How can trafficking be stopped?
The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World | 02/12/13
As more people become prosperous and interstate conflicts diminish, there is a convergence between East and West, says Kishore Mahbubani. Now we have to change our mindset accordingly and act as one united world on issues such as climate change. One important step is to reform the UN.
Public Affairs: The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate | 01/31/13
Robert D. Kaplan
With a breadth and depth of knowledge spanning not only current geopolitics but centuries of history, Robert Kaplan shows us the crucial importance of geography in shaping our destinies. Geography still matters, and always will.
Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons | 01/24/13
What if everything we believe about nuclear weapons is wrong? "Reexamine the facts and you'll see that the arguments for nuclear weapons aren't powerful; they're preposterous. They are an unpersuasive collection of wishful thinking held together by nothing more than fear and rationalization."
Why Tolerate Religion? | 12/13/12
Why do Western democracies single out religion for preferential treatment? For example, why can a Sikh boy carry a dagger to school while other children cannot? Is this morally and legally justifiable?
The Crisis in Greece, Democracy, and the EU | 12/10/12
The sovereign-debt crisis in Greece made clear that the fate of Greece, the Eurozone, and the EU are irrevocably bound together. It sparked debates on economic reform, democracy, solidarity, sovereignty, and popular discontent. This essay examines these questions by looking at one event: Prime Minister Papandreou's attempted referendum in 2011.
Why and How the Euro Zone Crisis Will Be Solved | 10/24/12
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard, Julian Harper
Danish economist Jacob Funk Kirkegaard offers a contrarian take on the euro zone crisis. While he notes that there are political problems within the European Union, he argues that the crisis is an opportunity from which Europe will emerge more integrated and resilient.