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Lionel Barber |
Lionel Barber is the Financial Times' U.S. managing editor. » People

David L. Bosco |
David L. Bosco is an assistant professor of international politics at American University's School of International Service. » People

Jean De Ruyt |
Jean De Ruyt is the Belgian ambassador to the UN. » People

Foreign Policy Roundtables (ended 2009) |
Nicholas X. Rizopoulos
Invitation-only sessions for academics, policy experts and journalists to scrutinize recently published works or works in progress. » Programs » Archive » Foreign Policy Roundtables

It’s the Fears not the Fear Mongering that We Should Focus On | 03/27/15
Dov Waxman
"Instead of focusing on Netanyahu's fear mongering, let's focus on trying to assuage Israeli fears. Only then will Israelis vote for someone who really supports Palestinian statehood." » Publications » Articles, Papers, and Reports

The Eleventh Hour: The Legacy and the Lessons of World War I | 03/24/15
Charles M. Sennott
One hundred years after the First World War, boundaries established after the armistice at the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" still shape many of today's conflicts, from ISIS's invasion of Mosul to Boko Haram's kidnapping of schoolgirls. What lessons have we learned from WWI? Just as important, what have we still not learned? » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Russia's Orthodox Soft Power | 03/23/15
Nicolai N. Petro
Russia's values are often overlooked, or treated simplistically as the antithesis of Western values. We should understand that the close relationship between the Orthodox Church and the state provides Russia's foreign policy with a definable moral framework, one that given its popularity, is likely to continue to shape policies well into the future. » Publications » Articles, Papers, and Reports

The Kurdish Spring: A New Map of the Middle East | 03/20/15
David L. Phillips
In this stirring, information-filled talk on the Kurdish people, David Phillips recounts centuries of abuse and repression against the world's "largest stateless people." But he also illuminates the vitality of today's Kurds, who are "pro-Western and secular" and have proven to be America's most capable regional partners in the fight against ISIS. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The United States, Russia, and Ukraine: Report from Moscow | 03/10/15
Dmitri Trenin, David C. Speedie
Dmitri Trenin, director of Carnegie Endowment's Moscow Center, served in the Soviet and Russian military for two decades and understands both the Russian and U.S. points of view. He warns that U.S.-Russia relations are heading for a new version of the Cold War, and also discusses the Russian economy and its relations with China and other countries. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

"Power in Concert: The Nineteenth-Century Origins of Global Governance" by Jennifer Mitzen | 03/10/15
Mitzen contends that when states publicly commit to joint action in pursuit of a common goal, this fact will exert an influence on their behavior that is not captured by the conventional focus on their self-interest or self-perception. » Publications » Ethics & International Affairs » Table of Contents and Excerpt from Ethics & International Affairs Volume 29.1 (Spring 2015) » Table of Contents and Excerpt from Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 29.1 (Spring 2015)

Ebola, Liberia, and the "Cult of Bankable Projects" | 03/10/15
Shefa Siegel
Instead of addressing core issues of state failure, development aid continues pushing narrowly focused agendas that have little meaning in places where institutions and infrastructure are broken. » Publications » Ethics & International Affairs » Table of Contents and Excerpt from Ethics & International Affairs Volume 29.1 (Spring 2015) » Table of Contents and Excerpt from Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 29.1 (Spring 2015)

Nigeria and the Horror of Boko Haram | 03/09/15
John Campbell
"Like other radical insurgencies, Boko Haram is fueled by poor governance, political marginalization, and its region's deepening impoverishment," says former Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell. "However, it is also shaped by specifically Nigerian circumstances and factors." This talk helps us understand Boko Haram's roots, ideology, and goals. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Nemtsov Tragedy, and the Blame Game | 03/04/15
David C. Speedie
Since Boris Nemtsov's murder in Moscow on February 27, we have been regaled by a range of ill-informed conspiracy theories, writes David Speedie. Yet Putin would have almost nothing to gain, and something to lose, from Nemtsov's fate. Speedie argues that there is another theory that is as chilling as it is plausible. » Publications » Articles, Papers, and Reports

Then and Now: Eight Lingering Questions on U.S.-Russia-Ukraine | 02/26/15
David C. Speedie
In March 2014, David Speedie posed eight questions on the Ukraine crisis. With an ongoing civil war in Ukraine some 15 months after the Maidan rebellion and overthrow of Ukraine's elected president, it seems time for eight new questions reflective of the ongoing crisis, and of the consequent relentless downward spiral in U.S.-Russia relations. » Publications » Articles, Papers, and Reports

Secularism and Liberalism in the Middle East: Conversation with Ahed Al Hendi (Syria) and Faisal Al-Mutar (Iraq) | 02/20/15
David Keyes, Ahed Al Hendi, Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar
How can the international community help human rights activists on the front lines? David Keyes and two dissidents discuss practical steps individuals can take. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Ebola and Other Viral Outbreaks: Providing Health Care to the Global Poor in Times of Crisis | 02/18/15
Unni Karunakara, Robert L. Klitzman
Why were initial responses to the Ebola outbreak so disastrously inadequate? How can dysfunctional health systems--at all levels--be improved, so that this doesn't happen again? Dr. Klitzman of Columbia University and Dr. Karunakara, former international president of MSF, discuss these issues and more, including why doctors treating Ebola should not be called heroes. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe | 02/05/15
George Friedman
"Europe has always been a place of conflict and malice and anger and hatred, between classes and between nations. The question now is, can it be contained? I doubt it very much. The period from 1992 to 2008 was an interregnum, and an unnatural one. Europe is returning to itself, and when Europe gets sick, the world gets sick with it." » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Afghan Challenge | 01/26/15
Zahir Tanin, Barnett Rubin
With a new president in charge, can Afghanistan find a way out of decades of conflict and oppression? What will be the effect of the U.S. troop drawdown? UN Ambassador Zahir Tanin and Afghan expert Barnett Rubin discuss Afghanistan's future. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Extreme Political Parties in Greece: Economic and Cultural Factors | 01/22/15
Yannis Palaiologos, David C. Speedie
"There has been, in the period of the last 30 years especially, a breakdown of trust, not only between the governed and the government, but also between Greeks, among themselves." Palaiologos, a prominent Greek scholar-journalist, analyzes how Greece went wrong, the rise of extremist parties on both right and left, and what needs to be done. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2015 | 01/15/15
Ian Bremmer
"The world in 2015 looks a lot more dangerous, a lot more vulnerable," says global political risk specialist Ian Bremmer in his annual forecast. He notes that while the United States and China, the world's largest and second-largest economies, are doing better economically, the global environment is geopolitically much worse. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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