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America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder | 12/10/14
Bret Stephens
America is not in decline, but it's certainly in retreat, says Stephens, and this is a mistake. He argues that the United States is the ultimate guarantor of a relatively decent, stable, liberal world order, governed by a sense of rules and the knowledge, both among its friends and adversaries, that it has the will and the wherewithal to ensure its interests. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy | 12/03/14
Christopher Hill
Former ambassador Hill has worked on some of the most dangerous and difficult problems in U.S. diplomacy, from the Balkans, to North Korea, to Iraq. In this astute and often funny talk, he gives an inside look at his work as a diplomat, and also discusses the latest crises, from ISIS and Syria, to Ukraine and dealing with Russia. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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. » Multimedia » 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. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Needs Work: A Troubled U.S.-Russia Relationship | 10/16/14
David C. Speedie
"The febrile hyperbole of criticism directed at Russia as a result of the crisis in Ukraine is misdirected and harmful to both Russia and the United States," argues David Speedie. » Publications » Articles, Papers, and Reports

Foreign Fighters in Syria | 09/29/14
Richard Barrett
How is ISIS structured? Why are young Muslims from many countries going to Syria to join it? What is the nature and extent of the threat and how can it be overcome? Counterintelligence expert Richard Barrett (formerly with MI5, MI6, and the UN) gives an informative, balanced, and perceptive report. Don't miss it. » Multimedia » 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)

Was World War I Inevitable? | 09/03/14
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. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Sarajevo Panel Discussion | 09/03/14
Dalija Hasanbegovic, Mustafa Cerić, Ivo Banac, Michael Ignatieff, Adam Roberts, David Rodin, Joel H. Rosenthal, George Rupp
In this wide-ranging conversation, participants from the Sarajevo Symposium discuss the past, present, and future of the former Yugoslav states with a focus on Bosnia and Herzegovina. How can private citizens and governments work together to build a more pluralistic society? » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Ukraine and the New Divide between the United States and Russia | 08/28/14
Dmitri Trenin, David C. Speedie
David Speedie interviews Dr. Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, on how the Ukraine crisis has opened a new fissure in the relationship between the United States and Russia. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Ukraine and the New Divide between the United States and Russia | 08/26/14
Dmitri Trenin, David C. Speedie
David Speedie interviews Dr. Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, on how the Ukraine crisis has opened a new fissure in the relationship between the United States and Russia. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

A Clear and Present Danger: Why We Need the UN Security Council to Help Defeat ISIL | 08/19/14
David C. Speedie, Zach Dorfman
The relentless advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant poses an existential threat to countries of the region and a grave challenge to the world at large. The curbing and crushing of ISIL requires extraordinary measures, a "coalition of the concerned," led by the United States and working through and in cooperation with the UN Security Council. » Publications » Articles, Papers, and Reports

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

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. » Multimedia » 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. » Multimedia » 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. » Multimedia » 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? » Multimedia » 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? » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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