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Ethics in a Violent World (2005-2006) |
Matt Peterson
Focusing on the institutions regulating war and peace, this initiative engages scholars, policymakers, and concerned citizens through major public lectures, policy briefings, and journal articles. » Programs » Past Programs » Ethics in a Violent World

The Geopolitics of the Iran Deal: Winners and Losers | 04/12/16
Karim Sadjadpour
In the short term, one of the biggest winners in the Iran deal is China, and the biggest loser is Saudi Arabia. But 10, 15 years from now, we may see that the deal was a seminal factor in reintegrating Iran into the global political economy and strengthening civil society--making the U.S. and Europe the winners and countries like Russia and Syria the losers. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Refugees on Turkey's Borders: Consequences of Chaos in Syria | 03/31/16
Kemal Kirişci
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. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Blood Year: The Unraveling of Western Counterterrorism | 03/28/16
David Kilcullen, David Shipley
ISIS consists of three interlocked threats and is quite different from al-Qaeda, says counterterrorism authority David Kilcullen. To come up with a workable strategy going forward, we have to understand exactly what went wrong in the years since 9/11 and admit that everyone bears part of the blame, from "reckless" Bush to "feckless" Obama. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

"Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post–Cold War International Order" by Rajan Menon and Eugene Rumer | 03/14/16
Rajan Menon and Eugene Rumer try to make sense of the Ukraine crisis for a general audience. The book's major contribution lies in its attempt to provide what the authors term a "first cut at explaining the context, causes, and consequences" of a crisis that is still very much underway. » Publications » Ethics & International Affairs » TABLE OF CONTENTS AND EXCERPT FROM ETHICS & INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS VOLUME 30.1 (SPRING 2016) » Table of Contents and Excerpt from Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 30.1 (Spring 2016)

Update on Ukraine | 02/24/16
Nicolai N. Petro, David C. Speedie
David Speedie discusses the situation in Ukraine with Nicolai Petro, including the political crisis for the governing party in Kiev, the situation in Eastern Ukraine, and the state of the Minsk accords. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Update on Ukraine | 02/23/16
Nicolai N. Petro, David C. Speedie
David Speedie discusses the situation in Ukraine with Nicolai Petro, including the political crisis for the governing party in Kiev, the situation in Eastern Ukraine, and the state of the Minsk accords. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

What Went Wrong in the Arab Spring? | 02/15/16
Adam Roberts, Rashid Khalidi
In the early days of the Arab Spring, non-violent civil resistance helped topple authoritarian governments in Tunisia, Egypt, and Yemen. Yet these apparent triumphs were followed by disasters. What went wrong? Was the problem rooted in the popular movements themselves, or in their societies? And what's the best way forward now? » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Deterrence or Disarmament?: The Ethics of Nuclear Warfare | 02/04/16
Kayla Giampaolo
Is using a nuclear weapon morally permissible under some circumstances? Is it ethical to implement nuclear deterrence (threatening to use atomic weapons) as a self-defense strategy? » Publications » Articles, Papers, and Reports

The Unprecedented Jihadi Threat in Europe | 01/25/16
Jean-Pierre Filiu
"At this very moment, ISIS is recruiting probably 100 people a week from all over the world, including this very country. So it is not a European problem, it is not an Arab issue; it is a global threat and global challenge. That is why I insist on the fact that the threat has to be dealt with at the source, which is basically Syria." » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must be Stopped | 01/15/16
Garry Kasparov, Robert G. Kaiser
Garry Kasparov is an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin's authoritarianism, but he is equally critical of the United States and its allies for their unwillingness to confront Moscow. In this fascinating discussion, he and journalist Robert Kaiser grapple with complex and difficult questions about Russia and the "free world," and what we mean by a moral foreign policy. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2016 | 01/07/16
Ian Bremmer, Devin T. Stewart
Eurasia Group's Ian Bremmer discusses the top political risks for 2016 and gives a stark warning for the year ahead. Touching on the Saudi-Iranian tensions, China's footprint, and the eroding trans-Atlantic alliance, Bremmer says, "This is very likely to be the most dangerous year of geopolitical risk we have experienced since we started this process." » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Back to the Future? Battlefield Nuclear Weapons in South Asia | 01/05/16
Jeffrey D. McCausland
In this information-filled talk, Jeff McCausland, a retired U.S. Army colonel, explains why the India/Pakistan border may be the most dangerous place on the planet. With nuclear weapons, a contentious history, and world powers vying for influence, a crisis could easily escalate to a "catastrophic" level. Are there lessons to be learned from the Cold War? » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Bearing Witness to War and Injustice: Ron Haviv, Photojournalist | 12/21/15
Ron Haviv, Randall Pinkston
From the Balkan Wars to both invasions of Iraq to the current refugee crisis, photojournalist Ron Haviv has been at the center of many of the world's most dangerous conflicts over the last three decades. In this fascinating talk, Haviv walks us through some of his most striking photographs and discusses the complicated ethics of being a journalist in a war zone. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Suchitra Vijayan on the Politics and Rhetoric of the Refugee Crisis | 12/03/15
Suchitra Vijayan, Alex Woodson
The co-founder of the Resettlement Legal Aid Project in Cairo during the Iraq War, Suchitra Vijayan discusses the refugee crisis from a legal, political, and humanitarian point of view. She details the remarkable empathy needed to work in the field and why the United States and Europe have an ethical responsibility to respond to the situation. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Suchitra Vijayan on the Politics and Rhetoric of the Refugee Crisis | 12/02/15
Suchitra Vijayan, Alex Woodson
The co-founder of the Resettlement Legal Aid Project in Cairo during the Iraq War, Suchitra Vijayan discusses the refugee crisis from a legal, political, and humanitarian point of view. She details the remarkable empathy needed to work in the field and why the United States and Europe have an ethical responsibility to respond to the situation. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Afghanistan and Pakistan: The Re-emergence of the Taliban and the Arrival of ISIS | 12/01/15
Ahmed Rashid, Barnett Rubin, Joanne J. Myers
Ahmed Rashid and Barnett Rubin dissect the complicated situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan--a region of many competing terrorist groups--and also comment on ISIS in the Middle East and Europe. ISIS is actually a war within Islam, declares Rashid, and the West's main task should be to help mobilize and unite the Muslim world to fight it. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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

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