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Superpower Ethics: The Rules of the Game [Abstract] | 07/24/14
Stanley Hoffmann
International systems have historically come in two forms: those based on the balance of power and those of a revolutionary nature, including systems organized around bipolar competition. Stanley Hoffmann finds the world order of 1987 to contain both these systems and judges it both ambiguous and original. Free online till December 31, 2014. » Publications » Ethics & International Affairs » Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 1 (1987) » Superpower Ethics

Was World War I Inevitable? | 07/21/14
Margaret MacMillan
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. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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. » Publications » Articles, Papers, and Reports

The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union | 06/06/14
Serhii Plokhy
Serhii Plokhy presents a bold new interpretation of the Soviet Union's final months, which places Ukraine at the center of the drama. And by providing the historical background for what is happening now, he shows that there are many key points linking 1991 to today. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Ukraine Update: The Presidential Elections and Beyond | 05/30/14
Nicolai N. Petro, Richard Sakwa, David C. Speedie
David Speedie discusses the election of new Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko with University of Rhode Island's Nicolai Petro and University of Kent's Richard Sakwa, both speaking from Odessa in southern Ukraine. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Ukraine Update: The Presidential Elections and Beyond | 05/27/14
Nicolai N. Petro, Richard Sakwa, David C. Speedie
David Speedie discusses the election of new Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko with University of Rhode Island's Nicolai Petro and University of Kent's Richard Sakwa, both speaking from Odessa in southern Ukraine. » 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

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

Ukraine Update: Report from Odessa | 05/09/14
Nicolai N. Petro, David C. Speedie
With the deadly conflict in Ukraine spreading to this hitherto calm southern city, David Speedie speaks again with Dr. Nicolai Petro, professor of international relations at the University of Rhode Island, who is currently a Fulbright Fellow in Odessa. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Ukraine Update: Report from Odessa | 05/07/14
Nicolai N. Petro, David C. Speedie
With the deadly conflict in Ukraine spreading to this hitherto calm southern city, David Speedie speaks again with Dr. Nicolai Petro, professor of international relations at the University of Rhode Island, who is currently a Fulbright Fellow in Odessa. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Ukraine and U.S.-Russian Relations | 04/24/14
Thomas E. Graham, David C. Speedie
With balance and objectivity, seasoned Russian policy expert Tom Graham tackles the thorny question of Ukraine and the wider scope of U.S.-Russia relations across the board. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Ukraine: A Federalist Future? | 04/23/14
Rene Wadlow
One possibility of lowering tensions in Ukraine on a longer-term basis is the start of discussions on a federal-decentralized government structure that would not divide the country but would foster local and regional autonomy. However, although federalism is not a first step to Ukraine's disintegration, neither is it a "magic solution." » Publications » Articles, Papers, and Reports

Report from Ukraine: The Crisis Moves East | 04/23/14
Nicolai N. Petro, David C. Speedie
David Speedie discusses with Dr. Nicolai Petro, currently a Fulbright Fellow in Odessa, the recent outbreaks of violence in pro-Russia majority regions of Eastern Ukraine, the prospects for scheduled May elections, and the impact of the continuing crisis on U.S.-Russian relations. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Report from Ukraine: The Crisis Moves East | 04/22/14
Nicolai N. Petro, David C. Speedie
David Speedie discusses with Dr. Nicolai Petro, currently a Fulbright Fellow in Odessa, the recent outbreaks of violence in pro-Russia majority regions of Eastern Ukraine, the prospects for scheduled May elections, and the impact of the continuing crisis on U.S.-Russian relations. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Ukraine, The Great Powers, Budapest, and "Astheneia" | 04/16/14
Nikolas K. Gvosdev
Was it unethical for the United States to give Ukraine non-binding security guarantees as an inducement for giving up nuclear weapons?

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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. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific | 04/14/14
Robert D. Kaplan
No wonder the South China Sea is important to China, says Robert Kaplan. It's the Mediterranean of Asia, the center of international commerce, including energy shipments. Plus, if the Chinese control it and thus gain access to the Indian Ocean, China will have a two-ocean navy, transforming it in military terms from a regional power into a world power. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

An Update from Ukraine | 04/11/14
Nicolai N. Petro, David C. Speedie
From Odessa, political scientist Dr. Nicolai Petro discusses the unrest in the eastern Donbas region and possibilities for a diplomatic resolution of the Ukraine crisis. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

An Update from Ukraine | 04/10/14
Nicolai N. Petro, David C. Speedie
From Odessa, political scientist Dr. Nicolai Petro discusses the unrest in the eastern Donbas region and possibilities for a diplomatic resolution of the Ukraine crisis. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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