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Sectarian Politics in the Gulf: From the Iraq War to the Arab Uprisings | 06/01/14
Frederic M. Wehrey
It's tempting to see today's Middle East conflicts as the continuation of centuries-old sectarian divisions, but Frederick Wehrey cautions against it. "Sectarianism is really a local institutional governance phenomenon that needs to be addressed through political reform in the Gulf, through ending discrimination, through greater participation in governance." » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Awakening of Muslim Democracy: New Book by Global Ethics Fellow Jocelyne Cesari | 04/24/14
Why and how did Islam become such a political force in so many Muslim-majority countries? Cesari investigates the relationship between modernization, politics, and Islam in Muslim-majority countries such as Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, Tunisia, and Turkey--countries that were founded by secular rulers and have since undergone secularized politics. » News » Press Releases

Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East | 04/15/14
Shadi Hamid
What if a group decides democratically that they don't want to be liberal--that they want an "illiberal democracy"? Shadi Hamid argues that repression originally compelled Islamists to moderate their politics. But ironically, democratic openings pushed them back to their original fundamentalism, leaving no space for liberal norms such as women's rights. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Second Arab Awakening and the Battle for Pluralism | 01/28/14
Marwan Muasher
Jordanian diplomat and scholar Marwan Muasher surveys the situation across the Arab world. He sees reasons for optimism in the long run, particularly in Tunisia, and makes a passionate call for pluralism, which he says is essential for democracy and prosperity. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East | 06/10/13
Shibley Telhami
While domestic injustices and the information revolution were key factors, Dr. Telhami argues it's impossible to understand the Arab uprisings without also referring to foreign policy. "The dignity that they sought to restore in these uprisings was not only about their relationship with the rulers, but was about their relationship with the rest of the world." » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Ethics Matter: Zainab Salbi on Women, War, and Self-Empowerment | 04/09/13
Zainab Salbi, Marlene Spoerri
In this fascinating conversation, Zainab Salbi discusses her personal journey from growing up in Saddam Hussein's Iraq to becoming a global champion of women's rights. She also focuses on the realities of women's lives across the Middle East and proposes constructive ways to change negatives to positives. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Ethics Matter: Srdja Popovic on Creating Successful Nonviolent Movements | 12/11/12
Srdja Popovic, Marlene Spoerri
Successful nonviolent movements need three things: the cool factor, memorable branding, and humor, says Popovic. He cofounded the Serbian youth movement Otpor!, which played a major role in toppling Milosevic, and his work training activists in Egypt and Tunisia is widely credited for inspiring Arab Spring protesters. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Exit the Colonel: The Hidden History of the Libyan Revolution | 10/27/12
Ethan Chorin, Joanne J. Myers
The real story of the Libyan Revolution began not with the Arab Spring, but in 2003, when anti-Qaddafi sanctions were lifted. Former U.S. diplomat Ethan Chorin was posted to Libya in 2004 and was in Benghazi when Ambassador Stevens was killed. He gives an insider's perspective on this complex tale. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad | 10/23/12
David W. Lesch
David W. Lesch has traveled to Syria repeatedly since 1989 and met President Bashar al-Assad several times in the mid-2000s. He discusses the conflict in the influential Middle Eastern nation, why an American intervention is a dangerous idea, and why Assad has cracked down so absolutely. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

America in the 21st Century: A View from the Arab World | 09/17/12
Marwan Muasher
The key is still the Arab-Israeli conflict, says Muasher. "The U.S. is not going to be able to regain its credibility in the region if it tells the Arab public that 'If you are Egyptians or Tunisians or Syrians or Libyans yearning for freedom, we are with you, but if you are Palestinians yearning for freedom, it's complicated.'" » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Arab Spring: Unfinished Business | 07/02/12
Robert Malley, Joanne J. Myers
What should we make of Egypt's new president? What should the United States do in Syria? What is the future of the Palestine-Israel conflict? International Crisis Group's Robert Malley tries to make sense of a confusing time in the Middle East and North Africa. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Responsibility to Protect: A New International Norm? | 03/13/12
Herman Schaper, Robin van Puyenbroeck
What is Responsibility to Protect exactly? Dutch Ambassador Herman Schaper gives an expert talk on how it developed, how it is defined, how it was implemented in Libya, and what are the implications for the future. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations | 03/12/12
Michael L. Ross, Joanne J. Myers
Is oil a curse? According to Michael Ross, it's not a coincidence that major oil-producing countries have less democracy, fewer opportunities for women, more frequent civil wars, and more volatile economic growth than the rest of the world. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations | 03/12/12
Michael L. Ross, Joanne J. Myers
According to Michael Ross, it's no coincidence that major oil-producing countries have less democracy, fewer opportunities for women, more frequent civil wars, and more volatile economic growth than the rest of the world. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Varieties of Protest Experience: How Accountability Gaps Link the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street | 02/08/12
Zach Dorfman
Can the recent eruption of protests be interpreted as a single phenomenon, even though spread out across great distances and separated by barriers of language and culture? Can we locate a common strand of thought or purpose that binds them together? » Publications » Carnegie Ethics Online

Global Ethics Corner: The Arab Spring Turns One Year Old: What Next? | 02/03/12
As the Arab Spring celebrates its one-year anniversary, the West is cautiously awaiting the next step. Will democracy flourish in the Middle East and North Africa? Or will authoritarianism and fundamental Islam be the basis for the new governments born from the revolutions of 2011? » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Global Ethics Corner: The Arab Spring Turns One Year Old: What Next? | 02/03/12
As the Arab Spring celebrates its one-year anniversary, the West is cautiously awaiting the next step. Will democracy flourish in the Middle East and North Africa? Or will authoritarianism and fundamental Islam be the basis for the new governments born from the revolutions of 2011? » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Global Ethics Corner: The Arab Spring Turns One Year Old: What Next? | 02/03/12
As the Arab Spring celebrates its one-year anniversary, the West is cautiously awaiting the next step. Will democracy flourish in the Middle East and North Africa? Or will authoritarianism and fundamental Islam be the basis for the new governments born from the revolutions of 2011? » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children: The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers | 12/06/11
Romeo A. Dallaire
Child soldiers are a weapons system that is effective, cheap, and complete. How do we counter that? How do we make the use of children a liability? How do we stop people from reverting to using children as the primary weapons system of a conflict? » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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