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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.
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."
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.
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow | 02/27/17
Yuval Noah Harari
Soon, humankind may be able to replace natural selection with intelligent design and to create the first inorganic lifeforms, says Noah Yuval Harari. If so, this will be the greatest revolution since life began. But what are the dangers, and are they avoidable?
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."
Trump and the "Trilateral Relationship" in Northeast Asia | 02/22/17
Michael J. Green, Devin T. Stewart
Asia expert and former Bush administration official Michael Green discusses the recent meeting between Trump and Abe and what may come of it, on trade in particular; the crucial trilateral alliance between the U.S., Japan, and South Korea; and finally, he offers some advice for the Trump administration going forward.
Stoking the Flames of Competitiveness on an Overheating Planet | 02/15/17
"Although consumer responsibility and global collaboration in an endeavor to reverse global warming trends are laudable, it is important to recognize the risks these steps pose on global trade, the citizens of developing countries, and the debt developed nations have as beneficiaries of the first fruits of fossil fuels."
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.
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.
Sensible Advice for Trump's Asia Policy | 02/07/17
Patrick M. Cronin, Devin T. Stewart
"Hopefully, 'America First' really means peace through strength; it means putting our economy and our economic policy at the forefront of our strategy; it means staying strong but using our force in only the most judicious manner." Asia-Pacific security expert Patrick Cronin analyzes the situation in Asia and offers practical advice for the new administration.
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.
Shalini Kantayya: The Intersection of Ethics, the Environment, & Economics | 02/02/17
Shalini Kantayya, Stephanie Sy
"I think we as a movement have not done a good job of making climate change a kitchen-table issue, of making this an economic issue for working families, and that is what it is. This is about taking money from the 1 percent and putting it in the hands of the many," says filmmaker Shalini Kantayya.
Europe's Last Chance: Why the European States Must Form a More Perfect Union | 01/27/17
To avoid disaster, the EU needs to become a real federation, argues Guy Verhofstadt. "That means a small, real European government controlled by two bodies, a parliament representing the citizens and a senate representing the Member States, with a real budget, with a defense union--with everything that is needed to make the Union more effective."
Instability on the Korean Peninsula and the Trump Administration | 01/25/17
Scott A. Snyder, Devin T. Stewart
North Korea is one of the most serious security risks facing the new U.S. administration and South Korea has a political vacuum at the top after impeaching its president. What are the possible scenarios over the next few years? Don't miss this in-depth conversation with Devin Stewart and Korea expert Scott Snyder.
Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations | 01/12/17
Thomas L. Friedman
From massive leaps in technology to ever-increasing globalization to the acceleration of climate change, workplace, politics, geopolitics, and ethics are all going through tectonic shifts. Why is this happening? Why was 2007 such a turning point and what's next? Thomas Friedman makes sense of it all, and offers hope going forward.
Andreas Hatzigeorgiou on Global Cities, Migration, and Stockholm's Economy | 12/22/16
Andreas Hatzigeorgiou, Alex Woodson
Stockholm is now the fastest growing capital in Europe, and Andreas Hatzigeorgiou brings a useful international perspective to his position as chief economist at the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. In this wide-ranging conversation he discusses Stockholm's enormous success as a tech hub, Sweden's immigration policies, and much more.
Solidarity in Dark Times: Why the World Must Fight for Collective Human Rights Now | 11/30/16
Bennett Collins, Alison M. S. Watson
"It is time for the world to move away from liberal and neoliberal-centric understandings of human rights that underline the importance of the individual, and recognize instead the importance of emphasizing a collective human rights regime. Such recognition may be the only solution to our present malaise and the path toward an improved global solidarity."
What is Populism? | 11/07/16
Jan-Werner Müller, Joanne J. Myers
There's a wave of populist leaders around the world right now, from Erdogan to Trump. What defines a populist exactly, and why are they so dangerous? Learn more in this most timely interview.
Managing Resource Conflict with a Human Rights Approach | 10/24/16
Joshua Fisher, Devin T. Stewart
Earth Institute research scientist Joshua Fisher explores the links between natural resource management, conflict, and climate change in this conversation with Senior Fellow Devin Stewart. With a focus on gold mining in Papua New Guinea, how can governments, corporations, and citizens work together to build trust?