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The Lockerbie Bombing: The Search for Justice | 03/24/17
Kenny MacAskill, Joanne J. Myers
In 1988, a bomb detonated on Pan Am 103, killing all on board and devastating the Scottish town of Lockerbie. A Libyan was convicted of the crime. His subsequent release from prison and deportation to Libya caused an international controversy. Kenny MacAskill explains his decision to release him and the complex intrigues involved in this case.
Teaching Ethics at the Coast Guard Academy with Lt. Tony Gregg | 03/23/17
Tony Gregg, Alex Woodson
Lt. Tony Gregg is an active-duty officer and instructor of moral and ethical philosophy for the Coast Guard Academy. In this talk, he discusses his path to his current role, how ethics is intertwined with the mission of the Coast Guard, and why his students surprise him.
Orville Schell on China's Role in the World | 03/21/17
Orville Schell, Stephanie Sy
Orville Schell has been reporting on China since 1970. In this wide-ranging and insightful conversation he looks at China and the U.S. exit from TPP; North Korea; the South China Sea; China's values system (or lack of one); human rights; climate change; and more.
Breaking Barriers: The Air Force and the Future of Cyberpower | 03/13/17
Lt. Gen. William Bender
The Air Force is heading America's efforts to modernize and secure its digital infrastructure and incorporate cyberspace into every aspect of its operations. Learn more in this talk with Lt. Gen. Bender, the Air Force's chief information officer and the leader of nearly 55,000 cyber operators.
Just Out: "Ethics & International Affairs" Spring 2017 Issue | 03/10/17
The topics in this issue include human rights, statelessness, refugee camps, immigration ethics, and a section on the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) and the refugee protection regime.
Table of Contents, Volume 31.1 (Spring 2017) | 03/10/17
This issue includes essays by Michael Ignatieff on human rights and the ordinary virtues; Kristy A. Belton on the prospect of ending statelessness in the Americas, the second of a two-part series; and Carmen Gómez Martín on the problematic nature of refugee camps as de facto long-term solutions. It also contains two features, one by Dan Bulley and the other by Alise Coen, presenting differing views on the relationship between the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) and the refugee protection regime, with a brief introduction by Jason Ralph and James Souter; a review essay on immigration ethics by Linda Bosniak; and book reviews by Andrew Altman, Andrew Hurrell, and William Gochberg.
Pankaj Mishra on our "Age of Anger" | 03/08/17
Pankaj Mishra, Devin T. Stewart
"I think the reason why so many people feel angry and disaffected is that too much has been promised to them in recent decades and the globalized economy has not delivered to large numbers of people on these promises," says Pankaj Mishra, in this discussion about his very timely book, "The Age of Anger."
Human Rights Narratives and Active Resistance, with Sujata Gadka-Wilcox | 03/03/17
Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox, Alex Woodson
Gadkar-Wilcox says that when it comes to human rights, we need to ask more questions about systems and origins. This is especially important now, as Americans confront a powerful executive branch pushing simplistic narratives and "alternative facts." What are the responsibilities of individuals? How can we start these challenging discussions?
A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order | 03/03/17
Richard N. Haass
Concerned about where the world is heading? Don't miss this measured and comprehensive overview from Richard Haas, in which he lays out the global situation facing President Trump and what may lie ahead. Topics include the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Russia, NATO, the UN, and the main factor behind job losses.
Cultural Relations and their Effects on Politics and Economics | 03/02/17
J. P. Singh, Randall Pinkston
J. P. Singh describes himself as working at the intersection of culture and political economy, examining how ways of life and their symbolic representations bleed over into politics and economics. This discussion ranges from cultural politics in the U.S. and the UK, to Singh's book "Sweet Talk" on post-colonialism paternalism in trade deals, and more.
A "Chaotic" White House, and the U.S. Role in Asia and the World | 02/23/17
Eliot A. Cohen, Devin T. Stewart
In this outspoken and thoughtful interview, former State Department adviser Eliot Cohen expresses his dismay at the "chaotic and very badly run administration" and discusses the threats from China and North Korea, the role of the U.S. in the world, and the different approaches to military strategy taken by the West (Clausewitz) and China (Sun Tzu).
Geoeconomics and Statecraft: Is China Outdoing the United States? | 02/23/17
Jennifer M. Harris, Devin T. Stewart
Co-author of "War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft," Jennifer Harris defines geoeconomics as "the use of economic instruments to achieve specific geopolitical results." Why and how are the Chinese so good at this and how will Trump do? While the verdict is still out, says Harris, "Trump's instincts run exactly 180 degrees in the opposite direction."
Alexander Görlach on Threats to Liberal Democracy | 02/14/17
Alexander Görlach, Stephanie Sy
In this wide-ranging and lively discussion, Alexander Görlach, founder of the debate magazine "The European," tackles the rise of populism and the far right in Europe, Brexit, the results of the U.S. election, the refugee crisis, and more.
A Conversation with Robert Quinn on Scholars at Risk | 02/13/17
Robert Quinn, Stephanie Sy
Scholars at Risk provides temporary teaching positions and advisory services to hundreds of threatened scholars around the world. Quinn describes how its caseload has doubled recently, largely because of Syria and Turkey. He also discusses challenges for U.S. colleges, from fake news, to Trump's immigration policies, to free speech on campuses.
The Secret War in Laos and the Role of the CIA | 02/10/17
Joshua Kurlantzick, Devin T. Stewart
Josh Kurlantzick, author of a new book on the U.S. secret war in Laos from 1961-73, notes that the war was responsible for greatly increasing the power of the CIA. "Today the CIA, together with Special Forces, has become the tip of the spear in the U.S. war on terror," he continues, and it's very unlikely that it will be "de-fanged" under the new administration.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar Reflects on the Democratic Transition | 02/08/17
Derek Mitchell, Devin T. Stewart
What were Myanmar's major challenges during its transition to democracy--and indeed to this day? What was the U.S. role in the transition? What is the situation with the Rohingya minority? How will the Trump administration approach Myanmar, and Southeast Asia in general? For answers, don't miss this discussion with Ambassador Mitchell.
Trump in Asia: Back to the Future? | 02/08/17
Christopher Nelson, Devin T. Stewart
In many ways, we're back to the future of reassuring every friend and ally--and adversary--that U.S. constancy is there, says Chris Nelson. In some sense, that's the case for every new administration. But the difference this time is that during the campaign Trump "did not present well" as far as Asian observers, especially Republicans, were concerned.
Asylum in the United States for Unaccompanied Children | 02/07/17
Margaret Kuehne Taylor
The current magnitude of child migration to the United States is unprecedented. How does the U.S. asylum process for unaccompanied children work? Find out with this clear, step-by step explanation from Margaret Kuehne Taylor, Office of Immigration Litigation, Civil Division, Department of Justice.
The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics | 02/06/17
John B. Judis, Joanne J. Myers
How exactly should we define populism? What led to its current resurgence in Europe and the United States, on both the right and the left? And in particular, how can we explain the Trump phenomenon? For answers, don't miss this fascinating discussion with author and journalist John Judis.
Freedom of Expression in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Beyond | 02/03/17
Ismail Einashe, Alex Woodson
Freelance journalist Ismail Einashe sees a dangerous backsliding of democracy and free media in sub-Saharan Africa, alongside an increase in Internet access and the influence of foreign media organizations. Two weeks into the new administration, are there parallels in the United States?