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Benjamin R. Barber |
Benjamin R. Barber is a senior research scholar at The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society of The Graduate Center, The City University of New York and Walt Whitman Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Rutgers University.
Seyla Benhabib |
Seyla Benhabib is the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University.
James Bohman |
James Bohman is Danforth Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University.
Julian Bourg |
Julian Bourg is visiting assistant professor of history at Bryn Mawr College.
Hilary Charlesworth |
Hilary Charlesworth is professor and director of the Centre for International Governance and Justice in the Regulatory Institutions Network at the Australian National University.
John J. Davenport |
John Davenport is associate professor of philosophy at Fordham University in New York City.
Larry Diamond |
Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.
Samuel Dillon |
Samuel Dillon is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times.
Empire and Democracy (2003-2004) |
Democracy is a near-universal value. But does America have the right to impose it unilaterally? Are there better, multilateral means to promote democracy? This project addresses these questions by holding high-level panels, creating online resources, and conducting original research.
"Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy" by Francis Fukuyama | 06/17/15
Where did strong, adaptable, accountable states come from, and why do some countries have them and others do not? Fukuyama discusses three main paths to statehood, of which only one is sustainable in the long run.
Ethics in U.S. Foreign Policy: Spymaster Jack Devine on the CIA | 05/29/15
Jack Devine, Stephanie Sy
"The thing that attracted me to the Agency was a sense of mission," says 32-year CIA veteran Jack Devine. In this discussion he talks candidly about Allende's fall, Iraq, Iran, Edward Snowden, torture, drones, and more. And when asked if he were young would he join today's post-9/11 CIA, he replies without hesitation: "You betcha!"
Teaching About Intractable Conflicts: The Olive Tree Initiative | 05/06/15
Daniel Brunstetter, Daniel Wehrenfennig
How can students learn to think more critically about conflicted regions and to engage people with different views in constructive dialogue? The Olive Tree Initiative combines a short study trip to a conflicted region, rigorous study both pre- and post-trip, and close mentorship that focuses on leadership development.
Defending our Borders vs. Defending our Liberties: ACLU's Anthony D. Romero | 04/29/15
Anthony D. Romero, James Traub
From the NSA and the kill list, to the failure to close Guantanamo and prosecute those who committed torture, Obama's national security policies are not substantively different from those of George W. Bush, laments Romero. He also discusses 9/11, the history of the ACLU, and the troubling privatization of U.S. prisons.
Blueprint for Revolution: How to Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men, and Other Nonviolent Techniques to Galvanize Communities, Overthrow Dictators, or Simply Change the World | 04/27/15
Srdja Popovic, Tina Rosenberg
In the late 1990s, using humor, irony, and imagination, Popovic and his friends toppled Serbian dictator Milošević. They went on to found CANVAS, which now advises activists in more than 15 countries. Popovic explains that nonviolent struggle is a teachable skill, and that nonviolence is not only the most ethical, but the most successful path to revolution.
The Paradox of Liberation | 04/13/15
Many of the successful campaigns for national liberation after World War II were based on democratic and secular ideals. Michael Walzer asks: What went wrong? Why have states such as India, Israel, and Algeria been unable to reproduce their political culture beyond one or two generations?
The Eleventh Hour: The Legacy and the Lessons of World War I | 03/24/15
Charles M. Sennott
One hundred years after the First World War, boundaries established after the armistice at the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" still shape many of today's conflicts, from ISIS's invasion of Mosul to Boko Haram's kidnapping of schoolgirls. What lessons have we learned from WWI? Just as important, what have we still not learned?
The Kurdish Spring: A New Map of the Middle East | 03/20/15
David L. Phillips
In this stirring, information-filled talk on the Kurdish people, David Phillips recounts centuries of abuse and repression against the world's "largest stateless people." But he also illuminates the vitality of today's Kurds, who are "pro-Western and secular" and have proven to be America's most capable regional partners in the fight against ISIS.
Secularism and Liberalism in the Middle East: Conversation with Ahed Al Hendi (Syria) and Faisal Al-Mutar (Iraq) | 02/20/15
David Keyes, Ahed Al Hendi, Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar
How can the international community help human rights activists on the front lines? David Keyes and two dissidents discuss practical steps individuals can take.
"Imagining a Better Future: Trust in Our Protectors" by Angela Yoon | 02/04/15
"In order to rebuild peace in this century of discord, nations who have or are currently experiencing strife should pursue Security Sector Reform (SSR), with the support and assistance of the international community."
The Afghan Challenge | 01/26/15
Zahir Tanin, Barnett Rubin
With a new president in charge, can Afghanistan find a way out of decades of conflict and oppression? What will be the effect of the U.S. troop drawdown? UN Ambassador Zahir Tanin and Afghan expert Barnett Rubin discuss Afghanistan's future.