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Alexander Görlach on Threats to Liberal Democracy | 02/14/17
Alexander Görlach, Stephanie Sy
In this wide-ranging and lively discussion, Alexander Görlach, founder of the debate magazine "The European," tackles the rise of populism and the far right in Europe, Brexit, the results of the U.S. election, the refugee crisis, and more.
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.
Peacemakers in Action: An In-depth Discussion of Religious Peacebuilding | 10/18/16
Joyce S. Dubensky, Bill Lowrey
Don't miss this remarkable conversation with Joyce Dubensky, CEO of Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, and one of Tanenbaum's peacemakers, Rev. Bill Lowrey, who spent a decade in South Sudan. They explain the work of Tanenbaum's international network of peacemakers--the people on the ground who never quit.
Living Together in Peace: Religious Diversity in Indonesia | 09/07/16
Bernard Adeney-Risakotta, Emma Lo
"Indonesia is an interesting example of where increasing intensity of religious practices among Muslims and Christians is not the factor that creates conflict and violence. In fact, increasing intensity of religious practice often goes side by side in a society where the communities live in relative harmony and with respect for each other."
Ethics on Film: Discusson of "Selma" | 08/22/16
This stirring film gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Selma-to-Montgomery march and illustrates how and why King's strategy worked. It also shows the devastating consequences of this civil disobedience and the countervailing forces on both sides. Seeing King in this way—as a human being, with flaws and doubts—will only add to his legacy.
Reading List and Discussion Questions on Religion and Tolerance in Indonesia | 08/18/16
Amid growing Islamophobia and populism in Europe and the United States, a more complete picture of Islam is crucial, and Indonesia can serve as an ideal case study to provide such a broader view. This 10.5-week Asia Dialogues reading list with discussion questions is a good place to start.
"Religious Harmony" Regulations Creating Dissonance in Indonesia | 05/17/16
Andreas Harsono, Amber Kiwan
Andreas Harsono of Human Rights Watch discusses the complex situation in Indonesia, including the 2006 religious harmony regulation supposed to protect religious minorities, but which in practice has enabled religious majorities to discriminate against minorities; the draconian blasphemy laws; Islamic extremism; and much more.
The Last Supper: The Plight of Christians in Arab Lands | 05/02/16
Klaus Wivel, James Kirchick
There are 7.5 million Christians in the Middle East, who live under constant threat of death and humiliation. Danish journalist Klaus Wivel (not a Christian himself) asks: What is the story on the ground and why are so few journalists covering it? Why aren't we in the West doing more to defend the human rights of this beleaguered minority?
Eurasianism and the European Far Right: Book Launch and Update on Events in Europe | 04/19/16
Péter Krekó, Marlene Laruelle, Daniel Stein
"Eurasianism and the European Far Right" is the culmination of an intensive two-year project spearheaded by the Council's U.S. Global Engagement Program. This expert panel from France, Hungary, and the United States examines the complex spectrum of the European far right and its connections with Russia and with the U.S.
A Conversation with Krista Tippett on Becoming Wise | 04/15/16
Krista Tippett, Stephanie Sy
What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? "We possess intelligence. We possess consciousness. And we have this capacity as human beings to take this further step to become wise, which leavens intelligence and I think has an ability to advance evolution in the direction we want it to go."
Violence All Around | 12/15/15
John Sifton, Joanne J. Myers
What is terrorism, and how is it different from other violence? How does technology affect rates of violence? How and when can nonviolence be effective? John Sifton of Human Rights Watch reflects on these issues and more, including the intersection between nonviolence and Christian Realism, as exemplified by his grandfather, Reinhold Niebuhr.
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.
Karenna Gore on Faith Communities and the Environment | 10/07/15
Karenna Gore, Stephanie Sy
Karenna Gore, daughter of Al Gore and director of the Center for Earth Ethics, discusses how faith communities (including indigenous peoples) are rallying to combat climate change; what she sees as a shift in consciousness in how we define success; and much more.
Pope Francis Among the Wolves: The Inside Story of a Revolution | 10/05/15
Marco Politi, Julie E. Byrne
Francis is the first pope who wasn't born in a village, says Vatican expert Marco Politi, but in a mega-city with many social-economic levels and faiths. "This explains why when he speaks he doesn't speak only to Catholics, not only to Christians. He speaks beyond religious borders. He speaks to men and women as they are in contemporary society."
Russia's Soft Power: A Matter for Church and State | 09/14/15
Nadieszda Kizenko, Nikolas K. Gvosdev, Nicolai N. Petro
If other countries wish to understand Russia, they need to have a grasp of her values, which provide the moral framework for her policies and world view. In this fascinating discussion, three leading experts on Russia's "soft power" explain the roles of the state and the Russian Orthodox Church and their complex interplay in formulating this framework.
"Soft Power": The Values that Shape Russian Foreign Policy | 07/30/15
David C. Speedie
In the increasingly frigid environment of U.S.-Russia relations, much attention is given to what may be seen as Russia's strategic "interests." Of at least equal significance for understanding Russian attitudes, however, is a grasp of the values, the moral framework for Russia's foreign policy.
From Nuclear Deterrence to Disarmament: Evolving Catholic Perspectives | 06/01/15
Bernardito C. Auza, Des Browne, J. Bryan Hehir, Maryann Cusimano Love, Gerard F. Powers
In this timely and important discussion on nuclear weapons, Des Browne provides the broader policy context; Archbishop Auza presents the Holy See's position over the last 70 years; Father Hehir connects the policy debate and the moral debate; and Professor Love connects the nuclear debate to the wider debate about peacebuilding.
Clip of the Month: Michael Walzer on the Radicalism of Early American Secularism | 04/07/15
Michael Walzer, professor emeritus of the Institute for Advanced Study, tells a story about changes to postal law in the 1800s to illustrate the strictness of American secularism, even among religious citizens and politicians.
Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys Into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East | 11/19/14
Despite its reputation for religious intolerance, the Middle East has long sheltered many distinctive faiths. How are groups such as the Mandaeans and Yazidis of Iraq, the Zoroastrians of Iran, and the Copts of Egypt hanging on to their ancient traditions? How can we combat religious hatred?
A Conversation with Will Kymlicka on the Challenges of Multiculturalism | 11/11/14
Will Kymlicka, James Traub
From Canada to Europe, how do different societies deal with immigrant groups? How have their policies evolved and where are they headed? What rights should domestic animals have? Will Kymlicka ably shows that the world is going through a rights revolution, demolishing the old hierarchies and gradually becoming more and more inclusive.