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Sectarian Politics in the Gulf: From the Iraq War to the Arab Uprisings | 06/01/14
Frederic M. Wehrey
It's tempting to see today's Middle East conflicts as the continuation of centuries-old sectarian divisions, but Frederick Wehrey cautions against it. "Sectarianism is really a local institutional governance phenomenon that needs to be addressed through political reform in the Gulf, through ending discrimination, through greater participation in governance." » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East | 04/15/14
Shadi Hamid
What if a group decides democratically that they don't want to be liberal--that they want an "illiberal democracy"? Shadi Hamid argues that repression originally compelled Islamists to moderate their politics. But ironically, democratic openings pushed them back to their original fundamentalism, leaving no space for liberal norms such as women's rights. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

"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. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Second Arab Awakening and the Battle for Pluralism | 01/28/14
Marwan Muasher
Jordanian diplomat and scholar Marwan Muasher surveys the situation across the Arab world. He sees reasons for optimism in the long run, particularly in Tunisia, and makes a passionate call for pluralism, which he says is essential for democracy and prosperity. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Ethics Matter: The Future of War, with Andrew Exum | 12/19/13
Andrew Exum, James Traub
Andrew Exum is a scholar, author, and former U.S. Army officer. In this revealing talk, he describes, in vivid detail, his days leading platoons in Iraq and Afghanistan; insights gained while working at the Pentagon; the successes and failures of America's counterinsurgency efforts; and the growing civilian-military divide, especially in the Northeast. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change | 10/30/13
Edmund Phelps
"America has strayed pretty far from the pioneer spirit captured by Willa Cather and the movie 'Shane,'" says Nobel Prize-winner Edmund Phelps. What happened? Phelps argues that since the 1960s, there has been a resurgence of certain traditional and anti-modern values. This has resulted in "a new corporatism," which stifles innovation. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Important Choices: Foreign Policy and Defense Spending | 10/07/13
Lawrence Korb, David C. Speedie
How much does the U.S. actually spend on defense and where does that money go? Lawrence Korb, an expert on the federal budget, the military, and national security, discusses the tough choices the U.S. needs to make on defense spending; relations with Iran; Syria; NATO; and nuclear weapons. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Egypt Post Morsi: Why There Is No Reason to Hope for a Real Democratic Transition | 07/26/13
"The army is currently using the protests against Morsi to their benefit as they did in 2011 with the protests against Mubarak.... The only way out ... would be the creation of an emergency government of national unity in which all political protagonists would agree to partake," argues Global Ethics Fellow Jocelyne Cesari in the "Huffington Post." » News » Media Mentions

Global Ethics Corner: Who Should Control Egypt's Water? | 06/24/13
As Ethiopia continues construction on the Grand Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, Egyptian officials are worried about their water supply. Does Ethiopia have the right to affect another state's water? Should Egypt use military options if its supply is diminished? » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Ethics Matter: Jeremy Scahill on the World as a Battlefield | 06/13/13
Jeremy Scahill, Marlene Spoerri
In the name of the "war on terror," the U.S. is conducting covert warfare and targeted killings, and it dismisses the resulting deaths of innocent civilians as "collateral damage." What are the ethical and practical repercussions of these policies? Jeremy Scahill's blistering talk ranges from Iraq to Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Thought Leader: Brent Scowcroft | 06/12/13
Brent Scowcroft, Devin T. Stewart, Anna Kiefer
"More and more of the things that countries, nations, governments want to do for their citizens can't be done nationally. They have to reach out to others. So I think we're in a process of the uneasy interaction of these two. That gives me some hope for the future." » Studio » Thought Leaders Forum

The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East | 06/10/13
Shibley Telhami
While domestic injustices and the information revolution were key factors, Dr. Telhami argues it's impossible to understand the Arab uprisings without also referring to foreign policy. "The dignity that they sought to restore in these uprisings was not only about their relationship with the rulers, but was about their relationship with the rest of the world." » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Arab Spring Two Years On: Reflections on Dignity, Democracy, and Devotion | 06/06/13
The demise of long-standing dictators has shaken the foundations of authoritarianism in the Middle East and North Africa. » Publications » Ethics & International Affairs » Table of Contents and Excerpt from Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 27.2 (Summer 2013)

Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America's House in Order | 06/06/13
Richard N. Haass
We have been guilty of overreaching abroad and underachieving at home, says Richard Haass, and these sins are really two sides of the national security coin. After all, "our capacity to act abroad is obviously directly limited and affected by the capacities we have created here at home, whether the capacities are military or economic or human." » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Ethics Matter: Zainab Salbi on Women, War, and Self-Empowerment | 04/09/13
Zainab Salbi, Marlene Spoerri
In this fascinating conversation, Zainab Salbi discusses her personal journey from growing up in Saddam Hussein's Iraq to becoming a global champion of women's rights. She also focuses on the realities of women's lives across the Middle East and proposes constructive ways to change negatives to positives. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Book Review: "China and Africa: A Century of Engagement" | 03/08/13
Alex Woodson
Now more than ever, the world is influenced and affected by all things Chinese, especially its relationships with developing countries. And there is much to learn through studying the country's dealings with Africa, which are of great enormity and complexity. This book is, therefore, an important resource for anyone concerned with international relations. » Publications » Articles, Papers, and Reports

Behind the Headlines--After the Israeli Elections: A New Chapter or More of the Same? | 02/25/13
Yoram Peri
Why were the recent Israeli elections results so different from expectations? Why were the main issues domestic ones, with little attention paid to Iran or the Palestinian situation? For answers to these questions and more, look to Yoram Peri's expert analysis of the complexities  of Israeli politics and concerns. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Global Ethics Corner: Is al-Qaeda Making a Comeback? | 02/19/13
President Obama called al-Qaeda a "shadow of its former self," but the organization is making inroads in Mali and Algeria and some say it is as dangerous as ever. How much of a threat is al-Qaeda? Has the terrorist group made a comeback? » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Report from the Middle East | 02/14/13
Charles D. Freilich
Chuck Freilich's knowledgeable talk gives us an overview of the primary forces at work today in the Middle East--and some potential outcomes. He also provides an insider's analysis of Israel's politics and prospects. » Studio » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

New Year . . . More Challenges | 02/06/13
Jeffrey D. McCausland
Col. Jeff McCausland gives us an expert rundown on U.S. and global security issues, including the nomination hearings of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense; the consequences of proposed U.S. defense budget cuts; Afghanistan; the Israeli elections; Syria; French military actions in Africa; and more.

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