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John L. Allen |
John L. Allen Jr. is the prize-winning Vatican writer for the "National Catholic Reporter," a U.S. Catholic weekly. » People

Richard Cizik |
The Reverend Richard Cizik is vice president for governmental affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals. » People

John J. Davenport |
John Davenport is associate professor of philosophy at Fordham University in New York City. » People

Perspectives from Inside a Tumultuous Middle East: Syria-Iraq-ISIS-Russia and Iran | 11/23/15
Rami Khouri, Joanne J. Myers
The majority of the Arab World seeks justice, accountability, and democracy, says Beirut-based Rami Khouri. What we are dealing with now is bad governance in the region combined with the terrible consequences of continuous foreign military intervention: American, Russian, European, Iranian, Israeli, and inter-Arab. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Secular Ethics: Old/New Shakyamuni, Dalai Lama | 10/23/15
Robert Thurman
In this lively, learned, and funny talk, leading U.S. expert on Tibetan Buddhism Robert Thurman riffs off the Dalai Lama's secular ethics project, laying out the theory--and science--of karma and why it's important for all of us to learn to be more compassionate and other-directed. After all, it's a form of enlightened self-interest. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama | 10/19/15
Dennis Ross
Today, America's ties to Israel are so close that when there are differences, they tend to make the news. But it was not always this way. Ambassador Ross deftly lays out the surprising history of the U.S-Israel relationship. He  goes on to answer questions on U.S. policies and the current worrying situation across the Middle East. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror | 10/09/15
Michael Weiss, Joanne J. Myers
ISIS is often portrayed as a mysterious force that came out of nowhere. It's nothing of the kind. This grim, unforgettable talk gives us the full, terrifying story, from the initial mistakes made in Iraq to the carnage going on now in Syria. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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." » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

"The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions" by Michael Walzer | 09/10/15
George Rupp
This book provides a masterly refutation of a remarkably resilient array of stereotypes about religion and secularism. » Publications » Ethics & International Affairs » Table of Contents and Excerpt from Ethics & International Affairs Volume 29.3 (Fall 2015) » Table of Contents and Excerpt from Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 29.3 (Fall 2015)

Ethics on Film: Discussion of "Schindler's List" | 09/01/15
Andreas Rekdal
It's almost impossible to grasp the enormity of the Holocaust, and there's also the danger of regarding it as a one-time occurrence in the distant past. "Schindler's List" is a powerful tool for teaching about the Holocaust, genocide, good and evil, and the question of individual accountability.  "What would I have done?" "What am I doing now to stop injustice?" » Publications » Ethics on Film

Ethics on Film: Discussion of "Gandhi" | 08/06/15
Alex Woodson
This film is a textbook on Gandhi's political philosophy and the Indian quest for statehood. And for many, Ben Kingsley's performance in the title role, which won him an Oscar and worldwide fame, is THE definitive portrayal of the man. » Publications » Ethics on Film

"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. » Publications » Articles, Papers, and Reports

Iraqi Unity & the Fight Against ISIL with U.S. Army Veteran Asha Castleberry | 07/16/15
Asha Castleberry, Alex Woodson
"The most important thing right now is that the Iraqis have to defeat ISIL, and in order to do that, they have to achieve national unity," says Castleberry, who recently returned from the Middle East. She also discusses the roles of Egypt, Jordan, and the Gulf Cooperation Council in this important and complex mission. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Europe's Muslims: Challenges and Misconceptions | 06/17/15
Jocelyne Cesari, Juan Cole, David C. Speedie
Months after the "Charlie Hebdo" attacks, questions remain about Europe's Muslims. How strong is the lure of al-Qaeda and ISIS for youth in France or the UK? Why do so many, including those born and raised in affluent European states, feel disconnected from society? For a nuanced analysis of these misunderstood communities, watch this video. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Crisis in Yemen: Instability on the Arabian Peninsula | 05/22/15
Bernard Haykel
In this grim, masterful talk Bernard Haykel explains the complex historical background and current realities of the crisis in Yemen. In doing so, he analyzes key foreign players: the Saudis, now with a new king, whose favorite son is playing a major role; the Iranians and their proxy, Hezbollah; and the Americans, whose policy he describes as "catastrophic." » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution | 05/11/15
Mona Eltahawy, Naureen Chowdhury Fink
The Middle East needs a double revolution--not just a political one, but a social/sexual one as well, says fiery, courageous feminist Mona Eltahawy. It's time to destroy the oppressive patriarchy of "the trifecta:" the state, the street, and the home. But Arab women don't need "rescuing." Misogyny exists everywhere in varying degrees. Fight it at your own, local level. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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