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The Lockerbie Bombing: The Search for Justice | 03/24/2017 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 | 03/23/2017 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.

Indonesia's Jihadists, and the Rise of Female Terrorists | 03/22/2017 Nava Nuraniyah, Devin T. Stewart Indonesia is sometimes described as "the smiling face of Islam," but the reality is much more complex. Naraniyah explains the shifting landscape of Indonesian Islamic extremist groups, and notes that women are playing an increasingly important role, many of them inspired by images on social media of female ISIS supporters around the world.

The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies are Changing the Way We Have Kids—and the Kids We Have | 03/23/2017 Bonnie Rochman, Joanne J. Myers Scientists already have the ability to edit genes to treat hereditary diseases, and to screen in vitro embyros for such diseases. Where will these evolving technologies lead and what are the ethical issues involved? For example, will "designer babies" increase the already growing divide between rich and poor? How do we regulate this new frontier?

Orville Schell on China's Role in the World | 03/21/2017 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.

Trump and the Intelligence Community: The View from a Former CIA Analyst | 03/13/2017 Yael Eisenstat, Alex Woodson Eisenstat spent most of her government career in the background, but Trump's unorthodox CIA address convinced her to add to the public discourse in "a calm and credible way." In this talk, she discusses her powerful "New York Times" editorial, the dangers of an executive/intelligence community rift, and a complicated time for government employees.

Breaking Barriers: The United States Air Force and the Future of Cyberpower | 03/13/2017 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.

Pankaj Mishra on our "Age of Anger" | 03/08/2017 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 | 03/03/2017 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.

Human Rights Narratives and Active Resistance, with Sujata Gadka-Wilcox | 03/03/2017 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?

Cultural Relations and their Effects on Politics and Economics | 03/02/2017 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 | 02/27/2017 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?

Panel Discussion on Geoengineering - Launch of Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2) | 02/22/2017 Simon Nicholson, Douglas MacMartin, Jane Long, Pablo Suarez, Jennifer Morgan, Oliver Morton, Janos Pasztor C2G2 serves a vital purpose: connecting and mobilizing actors from many sectors of society to look at the very real possibilities of engineering the climate--a prospect which offers great potential but also great peril. This discussion tackles geoengineering from different perspectives, including those of scientists, the Red Cross, and Greenpeace.

A "Chaotic" White House and the U.S. Role in Asia and the World | 02/23/2017 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).

Trump and the "Trilateral Relationship" in Northeast Asia | 02/22/2017 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.

Geoeconomics and Statecraft: Is China Outdoing the United States? | 02/23/2017 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."

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.

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