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A Conversation with Robert Quinn on Scholars at Risk | 02/13/2017 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.

Data for the People: How to Make our Post-Privacy Economy Work for You | 02/15/2017 Andreas Weigend, Joanne J. Myers "I want people to be empowered by the data they create and not to be stifled by the data they create," says Andreas Weigend, one of the world's top experts on the future of big data, social mobile technologies, and consumer behavior. Learn more about this important issue, which affects us all.

Alexander Görlach on Threats to Liberal Democracy | 02/14/2017 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.

The Secret War in Laos and the Role of the CIA | 02/10/2017 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 | 02/08/2017 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.

The Global Phenomenon of #GivingTuesday | 02/13/2017 Jessica Schneider, Amanda Ghanooni Jessica Schneider, of the Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, explains how and her team were responsible for spawning the global phenomenon of #GivingTuesday. Created in response to the annual shopping frenzy of "Cyber Monday," this day of charitable giving has been a success right from the start.

Trump in Asia: Back to the Future? | 02/08/2017 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 | 02/07/2017 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 | 02/06/2017 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 | 02/03/2017 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?

Shalini Kantayya: The Intersection of Ethics, the Environment, & Economics | 02/02/2017 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 | 01/27/2017 Guy Verhofstadt 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 | 01/25/2017 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.

Will Trump be a "Madman" in Asia? | 01/23/2017 Daniel S. Markey, Devin T. Stewart Are there advantages to Trump being seen as an unpredictable "madman" when dealing with Asia, as Nixon was once described in relation to Vietnam? Or will it just make things worse? Devin Stewart discusses Trump's potential foreign policy approaches to Asia with former State Department official Daniel Markey.

Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations | 01/12/2017 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.

Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2017 | 01/10/2017 Ian Bremmer, Devin T. Stewart The world is entering a geopolitical recession, i.e. an unwinding of the old global order, says political scientist Ian Bremmer, in his grimmest forecast ever. Topics include the potential challenges from a Trump administration, President Obama's legacy of a more fractured world, human rights in the Middle East, and the fate of liberalism.

Andreas Hatzigeorgiou on Global Cities, Migration, and Stockholm's Economy | 12/22/2016 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.

Indonesia's Growing Islamist Populism | 12/21/2016 Marcus Mietzner, Devin T. Stewart November and December 2016 saw mass demonstrations in Jakarta, the largest protests in Indonesia's history. The demonstrators demanded that the city governor, an ethnic Chinese and a Christian, be prosecuted and then arrested for blasphemy against Islam. What are the forces behind these confrontations and what will be the consequences?

Women's Rights are Human Rights: Global Challenges to Reproductive Health | 12/21/2016 María Antonieta Alcalde, Terry McGovern How will the Trump presidency affect women's rights, not only in the U.S. but around the world? Will the Sustainable Development Goals really succeed in improving women's health and reducing gender inequalities? Emotions run high on these issues. How can we find common ground? Don't miss this important discussion.

Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion | 12/16/2016 Paul Bloom We often think that empathy, our capacity "to feel someone's pain," is the ultimate source of goodness. Nothing could be farther from the truth, argues psychology professor Paul Bloom. Scientific studies show that empathy is a capricious and irrational emotion that can cloud people's judgement and even lead to violence and cruelty.

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