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The Indispensable Role of Trust: A Conversation with Judge William Webster | 11/29/16
Don't miss this candid conversation with Judge Webster, current chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, and former director of both the CIA and the FBI, the only person to hold both these positions. He discusses James Comey's handling of Hillary Clinton's emails, covert operations such as Abscam, and much more.
Karen Greenberg on Terrorism and "Rogue Justice" | 10/06/16
Karen J. Greenberg, Stephanie Sy
What attracts young people to terrorism? Targeted killings, indefinite detention, mass surveillance--have Americans allowed too much power to be vested in the presidency? How are different governments grappling with the tension between civil rights and security? Security expert Karen Greenberg discusses these difficult questions.
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.
Sinai: Egypt's Linchpin, Gaza's Lifeline, Israel's Nightmare | 12/04/15
Mohannad Sabry, Joanne J. Myers
The Sinai, this crucial land bridge connecting Asia and Africa, has become a haven for transnational crime, fostering arms trafficking, smuggling through the tunnels into Gaza, and Islamic militancy. Courageous Egyptian journalist Mohannad Sabry gives us an inside look at the current situation, both in the Sinai and in Egypt as a whole.
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. (The TV show made from this talk won a Telly award.)
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!"
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.
The Rise of ISIS: Implications for U.S. Strategy, Interests, and Values | 12/17/14
Audrey Kurth Cronin, Michèle Flournoy, Michael T. Flynn, Robert Ford
How did ISIS grow so quickly? What is the best strategy to overcome it and how long will it take? How should the U.S. deal with Syria and Iran? Is this the beginning of a complete restructuring of the Middle East? This in-depth analysis from an expert panel shows that there are no easy answers, and a long struggle lies ahead.
"Ethics & International Affairs" Winter 2014 Issue | 12/16/14
This issue's topics include torture, U.S. security policy, and norm death; "cultures of humanitarianism" in East Asia; an international crimes approach to preventing mass atrocities; Mathias Risse's "On Global Justice;" and Thomas Piketty's "Capital."
Introduction to "Ethics & International Affairs," Winter 2014 | 12/16/14
In this podcast, Zach Dorfman introduces the winter 2014 issue of "Ethics & International Affairs." Topics include "cultures of humanitarianism" in East Asia; torture and norm death; an international crimes approach to preventing mass atrocities; Mathias Risse's "On Global Justice;" and Thomas Piketty's "Capital."
Table of Contents, Volume 28.4 (Winter 2014) | 12/16/14
This issue includes an essay by Jacinta O'Hagan and Miwa Hirono on "cultures of humanitarianism" in East Asia; articles by Christopher Kutz on torture, American security policy, and norm death, and Ruben Reike on an international crimes approach to preventing mass atrocities; a book symposium on Mathias Risse's "On Global Justice," featuring contributions from Richard Arneson, Helena de Bres, Anna Stilz, and Risse; and a review essay by Nancy Birdsall on Thomas Piketty's "Capital."
Clip of the Month: Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn on American Values & the Senate Torture Report | 12/09/14
Michael T. Flynn, Michèle Flournoy
General Michael T. Flynn (Ret.) discusses the Senate’s torture report, commending senators Feinstein and McCain on their respective statements and arguing for the importance of American values.
A Conversation with David Keyes on Advancing Human Rights | 11/14/14
David Keyes, Andrew Nagorski
In the Soviet era, it was difficult to alert the world of what was happening to dissidents, says David Keyes. Today, however, there's an overload of information from YouTube and other sources and the challenge is how to overcome "human rights fatigue." He explains how crowd-sourcing and other means can get the word out.
The Struggle for Iraq's Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy | 03/10/14
In this bleak and revealing talk, Iraqi lawyer Zaid al-Ali provides an insider's analysis of Iraq's many failures of governance, from creating a constitution to providing Iraqis with jobs, electricity, and most of all safety.
"War on Terror," an Insider's View: A Conversation with Harold H. Koh | 02/28/14
Harold Hongju Koh, James Traub
As legal adviser to the State Department from 2009 to 2013, Harold Koh was responsible for making judgments about the most difficult issues in the "war on terror": drone strikes, military tribunals, preventive detention. This fascinating and revealing conversation explores Koh's moral convictions and the inner workings of government.
The Constitution Project: Task Force Report on Detainee Treatment | 11/27/13
David Gushee, David R. Irvine
In many instances, U.S. forces used interrogation techniques which constitute torture; the nation's most senior officials bear ultimate responsibility; and there is no evidence that torture produced significant information of value. These are the unanimous conclusions of the task force on detainee treatment, as discussed here by two of its members.
Guantanamo Ethics | 09/06/13
Jeffrey D. McCausland
Senior fellow Jeffrey McCausland is featured in a "PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly" segment that discusses some of the ethical issues surrounding the continued use of the Guantanamo Bay detention center. "The big moral principle that we have to wrestle with," says McCausland, "is this question of 'when is the war over?'"
Sir Adam Roberts on "Democracy, Sovereignty and Terror" | 06/25/13
Roberts discusses his book on Sri Lankan statesman Lakshman Kadirgamar, who fought against the terrorism of the Tamil Tigers and was assassinated by them in 2005. Roberts also answers questions about the legacy of colonialism and about his work and thoughts on civil resistance and nonviolence.
Legal Reflections on the Past, Present, and Future of National Security | 05/31/13
"In the post-9/11 world, the job of being the senior legal authority for the Department of Defense is the perfect storm collision of law, national security, and politics," says Jeh Johnson. He describes 13-14-hour days working on such thorny issues as "Don't Ask Don't Tell," Guantanamo, and weightiest of all, the conflict with al-Qaeda and its affiliates.
Global Ethics Corner: What’s Going on in Guantanamo Bay? | 04/22/13
With over half of the detainees on a hunger strike, tensions are worse than ever at Guantanamo Bay. Is it finally time for the United States to close this detention camp? Or does it still serve a purpose in the country's ongoing wars?