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Ebola and Other Viral Outbreaks: Providing Health Care to the Global Poor in Times of Crisis | 02/18/2015 Robert L. Klitzman, Unni Karunakara 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 head of MSF, discuss these issues and more, including why doctors treating Ebola should not be called heroes.

Secularism and Liberalism in the Middle East: Conversation with Ahed Al Hendi (Syria) and Faisal Al-Mutar (Iraq) | 02/20/2015 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.

A Conversation with Leon Botstein, President of Bard College and Champion of Liberal Arts Education | 02/09/2015 Leon Botstein, James Traub In this wide-ranging and entertaining conversation, Leon Botstein discusses Bard's innovative programs to serve the underserved, which include Bard high schools, prison education programs, and international operations; the marginalization of the humanities; and his refreshing and inclusive approach to classical music.

Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe | 02/05/2015 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."

The Afghan Challenge | 01/26/2015 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.

Extreme Political Parties in Greece: Economic and Cultural Factors | 01/22/2015 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.

Politics and Profits of Academia | 01/14/2015 Anant Agarwal, Sidni Mackenzie Frederick, Jason Lane, Julia Taylor Kennedy Even if universities are not for profit, budgets loom large in higher education--and global markets hold revenue potential. In this episode, we look at three ways universities are involved in global markets and how this can create ethical considerations and unintended consequences.

Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2015 | 01/15/2015 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.

Unaccountable: A Conversation with Janine Wedel on how Elite Power Brokers have Corrupted the U.S. System | 01/07/2015 Janine R. Wedel, Andrew Nagorski Anthropologist Janine Wedel exposes America's "new corruption"--the unprecedented ways that many politicians, retired generals, academics, bankers, and physicians exploit their prestige and insider knowledge.

Introduction to "Ethics & International Affairs," Winter 2014 | 12/16/2014 Zach Dorfman In this podcast, Zach Dorfman introduces the winter 2014 issue of "Ethics & International Affairs." Topics include "cultures of humanitarianism" in East Asia; torture and norm death; an international crimes approach to preventing mass atrocities; Mathias Risse's "On Global Justice;" and Thomas Piketty's "Capital."

Money and American Politics: A Conversation with Lawrence Lessig | 12/22/2014 Lawrence Lessig, James Traub On a crusade against the corrupting influence of money in politics, Lawrence Lessig founded a "super PAC" which raised $10 million to support candidates committed to radical reform of campaign financing. Most of them lost, but Lessig is not daunted. He fights on, convinced that the majority of Americans agree with him and that change will come. 

The Rise of ISIS: Implications for U.S. Strategy, Interests, and Values | 12/17/2014 Audrey Kurth Cronin, Michèle Flournoy, Michael T. Flynn, Robert Ford How did ISIS grow so quickly? What is the best strategy to overcome it and how long will it take? How should the U.S. deal with Syria and Iran? Is this the beginning of a complete restructuring of the Middle East? This in-depth analysis from an expert panel shows that there are no easy answers, and a long struggle lies ahead.

A Conversation with Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster | 12/15/2014 H. R. McMaster, Martin L. Cook How can U.S. soldiers be trained to maintain ethical and legal standards in today's complex and often brutal environment? How is the Army preparing for current and future conflicts, in terms of military hardware, technology, and even social media? In this wide-ranging talk, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster discusses these challenges and more.

An Introduction to Ebook of Roundtables from "Ethics & International Affairs" | 12/03/2014 Zach Dorfman, Madeleine Lynn In this podcast, Zach Dorfman introduces the Centennial collection of roundtables on the most critical issues facing the world today: the idea of a global ethic, just war, international peace, nuclear nonproliferation, the rule of law, human rights, and climate change. This ebook is free for a limited time!

The Business of Humanitarian Aid and Philanthropy: A Case Study | 12/04/2014 Gayle DiPietro, Rich Leimsider, Patrica L. Rosenfield, Piyush Tewari, Julia Taylor Kennedy By using a single organization, SaveLIFE Foundation in India, as a case study, this episode of Impact explores how NGOs in emerging markets adopt business language, metrics, and strategy, and what that says about our society's approach to humanitarian work.

America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder | 12/10/2014 Bret Stephens America is not in decline, but it's certainly in retreat, says Stephens, and this is a mistake. He argues that the United States is the ultimate guarantor of a relatively decent, stable, liberal world order, governed by a sense of rules and the knowledge, both among its friends and adversaries, that it has the will and the wherewithal to ensure its interests.

Strategies for Countering Violent Extremists | 12/05/2014 Jean-Paul Laborde, Joanne J. Myers Jean-Paul Laborde, executive director of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) discusses the role of the UN in countering terrorism worldwide.

Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy | 12/03/2014 Christopher Hill Former ambassador Hill has worked on some of the most dangerous and difficult problems in U.S. diplomacy, from the Balkans, to North Korea, to Iraq. In this astute and often funny talk, he gives an inside look at his work as a diplomat, and also discusses the latest crises, from ISIS and Syria, to Ukraine and dealing with Russia.

From "Indispensable Nation" to "Realism-Based Restraint": Reconsidering U.S. Engagement with the World | 11/24/2014 Chas W. Freeman, Jr., David C. Speedie Former ambassador Chas Freeman has had a wide breadth of diplomatic experience, from the Middle East to Africa, East Asia, and Europe. In this conversation he eloquently speaks his mind on the negative effects of sanctions, the folly of U.S. unqualified support for Israel, the U.S. strategy and diplomacy deficits, and much more.

Citizenship, Identity, and Conflict in South Asia's Borderlands | 11/20/2014 Suchitra Vijayan, Liana Sterling The intrepid Suchitra Vijayan is working on a 9,000-mile journey through South Asia, which has taken her to Afghanistan and Pakistan, the disputed territory of Kashmir, and India's borders with Burma and China. What has she learned so far about the effects of borders on human lives?

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