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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

Asha Castleberry on the 2016 Election and the Fight Against ISIS | 08/25/16
Asha Castleberry, Alex Woodson
U.S. Army veteran Asha Castleberry discusses veterans' reactions to the 2016 presidential campaign, and also the ongoing U.S. anti-ISIS military campaign, which is preparing to liberate Mosul in Iraq. "This is definitely a big push from the Obama administration before President Obama leaves office—he wants to liberate Mosul." » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Interview with Robert Sparrow on Autonomous Weapon Systems and Respect in Warfare | 08/16/16
Robert Sparrow, Adam Read-Brown
Professor Sparrow works on ethical issues raised by new technologies. Here he discusses Autonomous Weapons Systems (AWS), often referred to as "killer robots." Unlike drones, which are remotely operated by humans, with AWS the robot itself determines who should live or die. What are the ethical arguments for and against these killing machines? » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

A World History of Political Violence | 06/30/16
Rachel Kleinfeld, Devin T. Stewart
Rachel Kleinfeld discusses with Devin Stewart her research--which took her to five continents over the past three years--and forthcoming book on how violence is perpetuated and curtailed in societies around the world. Kleinfeld discusses the role of political power, corruption, law enforcement, leadership, and grassroots movements. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Progressive's Paradox | 06/15/16
Zach Dorfman
Can left-wing ideologies ever co-exist comfortably with military intervention? U.S. foreign policy over the past two decades has failed to align squarely with the two major domestic political parties—is the liberal/conservative distinction here a myth? » Publications » Articles, Papers, and Reports

Table of Contents, Volume 30.2 (Summer 2016) | 06/15/16
This issue includes an essay by John R. Emery on the humanitarian applications of drones; a roundtable on the role of human rights in the UN's post-2015 development agenda; Jacqueline Best on central bank accountability and Cristina Lafont on the importance of the "human" in human rights; an exchange discussing Patti Tamara Lenard's article on democracies and the power to revoke citizenship (EIA 30.1); and book reviews. » Publications » Ethics & International Affairs » Table of Contents and Excerpt from Ethics & International Affairs Volume 30.2 (Summer 2016) » Table of Contents and Excerpt from Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 30.2 (Summer 2016))

Free for a Limited Time! "Ethics & International Affairs" Summer 2016 Issue | 06/14/16
This issue includes an essay by John R. Emery on the humanitarian applications of drones; a roundtable on the role of human rights in the UN's post-2015 development agenda; Jacqueline Best on central bank accountability and Cristina Lafont on the importance of the "human" in human rights; an exchange discussing Patti Tamara Lenard's article on democracies and the power to revoke citizenship (EIA 30.1); and book reviews. » News » Press Releases

The Invention of Russia: The Journey from Gorbachev's Freedom to Putin's War | 06/14/16
Arkady Ostrovsky
When the Soviet Union fell 25 years ago, Gorbachev spoke of "living in a new world" where Russia would no longer interfere in other countries' affairs. What happened? In this riveting talk, Russia expert Arkady Ostrovsky analyzes the powerful role of the media, noting that Putin did an extraordinary thing: "he merged security services with the media." » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

"We Love Death as You Love Life": Britain's Suburban Terrorists | 06/13/16
Rafaello Pantucci, Devin T. Stewart
What drives people in the UK to become terrorists or jihadist fighters? Pantucci's years of research into this problem has implications for all Western countries.  Most disturbingly, he concludes that there is no single profile. However, there are three factors to look for: a sense of grievance, social mobilization, and ideology. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Ukraine Update | 06/08/16
Nicolai N. Petro, David C. Speedie
David Speedie discusses with Dr. Nicolai Petro the situation in Ukraine--political, economic, and the growing civil conflict between East and West--two years into the Poroshenko presidency. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Chuck Hagel on U.S. Challenges in Today's "Complicated, Interconnected World" | 05/20/16
Chuck Hagel
Drawing on decades of experience, Secretary Hagel gives a masterly and frank analysis of world events. He discusses current U.S. politics--he's confident that the Constitution will see America through--the nuclear deal with Iran, the melting in the Arctic and resulting "Great Game of the North," China's power play in the South China Sea, and much more. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS | 05/13/16
Robert F. Worth, Roger Cohen
In this memorable conversation, "New York Times" journalists Robert Worth and Roger Cohen discuss Worth's latest book about the Arab Spring and its aftermath. Was its collapse inevitable? Could/should the U.S. have done more, especially regarding Syria? Despite all, Worth concludes the talk on a hopeful note. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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? » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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

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