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Espen Berg |
Espen Berg is the CEO and founder of United Youth Development Organization.
Neha Bhat |
Neha Bhat is a researcher on international refugee law and its intersection with climate change, counter-terrorism, and national security.
Aldo Caliari |
Aldo Caliari is a lawyer from Argentina. He holds a Masters of Laws (LL. M.) degree from American University (specialization: International Human Rights Law), where he received the Outstanding Graduate Award.
Michael Clemens |
Michael Clemens is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development where he leads the Migration and Development initiative.
Anjanette DeCarlo |
Anjanette DeCarlo is currently a visiting professor of environmental studies at St. Michael's College.
Women's Rights are Human Rights: Global Challenges to Reproductive Health | 12/21/16
María Antonieta Alcalde, Terry McGovern
How will the Trump presidency affect women's rights, not only in the U.S. but around the world? Will the Sustainable Development Goals really succeed in improving women's health and reducing gender inequalities? Emotions run high on these issues. How can we find common ground? Don't miss this important discussion.
The Lessons of Effective Altruism [Full text] | 12/15/16
In this essay, Rubenstein examines two recent books by Peter Singer and William MacAskill on the philosophy and philanthropic movement known as Effective Altruism (EA). She addresses both the promise and limitations of EA—whose proponents seek to do the "most good"—arguing that a "hidden curriculum" underlies its teachings.
A Conversation on Effective Altruism with Jennifer Rubenstein | 12/15/16
Jennifer C. Rubenstein, Adam Read-Brown
The term effective altruism means that individuals should be sure to maximize the good they do, by donating to the most cost-effective charities, for example, rather than those that are simply emotionally satisfying. What are the promises and pitfalls of this approach? Find out more, with this thoughtful podcast.
Powerplay: The Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia | 10/25/16
Victor D. Cha
Why is there no NATO for Asia? After World War II, why did the United States opt for bilateral relationships with countries like Japan and South Korea? As Georgetown's Victor Cha explains, this was a "powerplay" by the Americans to contend with a "dangerous" and complex East Asia. Does this arrangement still make sense today?
China, Japan, and America: Three Tigers on One Mountain? | 10/21/16
Richard McGregor, Devin T. Stewart
"I don't think you can write about China and Japan without writing also about the United States," says journalist Richard McGregor. How has this complicated and high-stakes relationship evolved under Xi, Abe, and Obama? Is there room on the mountain for three tigers?
Karin Aggestam on Sweden's Feminist Foreign Policy | 09/28/16
Karin Aggestam, Adam Read-Brown
In 2015, the newly formed Swedish government not only declared that it was going to be a feminist government but its foreign minister, Margot Wallström, announced that it would be adopting a feminist foreign policy. What does this mean, both in theory and practice, and how are these policies working out? Lund University's Professor Aggestam explains.
The Needs of Refugee Women and Children in the Global Humanitarian Crisis | 06/24/16
Sarah Costa, Joanne J. Myers
In this powerful talk, executive director Sarah Costa explains the work of the Women's Refugee Commission, and discusses the current crisis. The numbers are staggering: one in 122 people across the world have been forced to flee, and the majority are women and children. The average length of displacement is 20 years. What can be done to help?
The Next Pandemic: On the Front Lines Against Humankind's Gravest Dangers | 05/31/16
Ali S. Khan
In over 20 years at the CDC, Dr. Ali Khan battled Ebola, SARS, and other deadly diseases. But, as he reveals in this fascinating talk, what really worries him is the effect that political and social factors can have on fighting these outbreaks. With Zika emerging as the newest threat, what can governments--and individuals--do to be better prepared?
New Paradigms for Refugee Camps and for Humanitarian Aid Itself | 04/22/16
Kilian Kleinschmidt, Stephanie Sy
Kilian Kleinschmidt describes how he, together with the refugees themselves, transformed the Zaatari refugee camp from what the media called a "hellhole of humanitarian aid" into a lively living space with shops and even fountains. Indeed, the entire aid paradigm needs to be transformed, says Kleinschmidt, and he offers innovative ways to do it.
Refugees on Turkey's Borders: Consequences of Chaos in Syria | 03/31/16
Over 4.8 million Syrians have become refugees, mostly in neighboring countries, and this is not the only displacement crisis around the globe, says Kirişci, an expert in Turkish foreign policy and migration studies. This troubling and informative talk raises both practical and ethical issues, not only for Turkey and its neighbors but for the entire world.
Southern Africa, a Region Chronically at Risk | 01/25/16
Irene Pedruelo, Daniel Sinnathamby
Southern Africa is preparing for a humanitarian disaster. Daniel Sinnathamby, regional humanitarian coordinator for Oxfam in the region, talks about the circumstances that are making this year especially challenging.
"World Hunger: Ten Myths" by Frances Moore Lappé and Joseph Collins | 01/04/16
Chapter by chapter, Frances Moore Lappé and her co-authors demolish the myths that have long prevented us from addressing hunger, and examine the policies that keep people from feeding themselves.
The Global Refugee Crisis | 11/13/15
Ian Buruma, Tomáš Halík
How can Christian leaders help Europe cope with the flood of refugees? Renowned Czech theologian Father Tomàš Halik argues that Christianity, especially the Catholic Church, can be an effective mediator between Islam and Europe's secular humanists, as it has many values in common with both.
Global Ethics Day: Feeding the Planet | 10/20/15
Gerald Bourke, Gilonne d'Origny, Jessica Fanzo
There are roughly 2 billion people who are under-nourished and another 2 billion who are overweight or obese. In other words, about half the world's population is malnourished. How can we feed the world ethically, sustainably, and well? This panel provides some answers, from food aid to producing milk and meat in cell cultures.
Can Human-Centered Design "Fix" Humanitarian Aid? | 09/29/15
Debbie Aung Din Taylor, Bruce Nussbaum, Susan Eve Oguya, Jocelyn Wyatt, Julia Taylor Kennedy
Design thinking has emerged as a new tool in humanitarianism. Proponents of the trend believe it can solve the problem long plaguing the aid community: that great ideas fail to be adopted in poor communities because they don't always take context into account. But are design's more inclusive methods still a kind of neo-imperialism? Is there a different way?