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Iran Nuclear Threat: Fact or Fiction? | 07/21/2014 Gareth Porter, David C. Speedie Senior Fellow David Speedie interviews Dr. Gareth Porter, scholar, journalist, and skeptic concerning U.S. claims of an Iranian nuclear weapons program.

Trust and Economic Growth in China | 07/01/2014 Edward Chin, William C. Kirby, Madeleine Lynn, Evan Osnos, Hao Wu, Julia Taylor Kennedy With 30 years of growth under its belt, has China joined the ranks of "developed" economies like the United States and Japan? What are obstacles to China's economic growth? What are its success stories? And how is Hong Kong faring?

Was World War I Inevitable? | 07/21/2014 Margaret MacMillan We're still trying to understand what World War I meant. It is a very complex event, one that has echoes into the present, and we've all been thinking recently about parallels between that world and our own world. One of the very important things is not to start by assuming that it was inevitable.

World War to a Global Ethic | 07/21/2014 Joel H. Rosenthal "We come here—100 years to the day from the calamitous events of the summer of 1914—to remember, to take stock, and to recommit to the ideals passed on to us by Andrew Carnegie and others. The Carnegie ideal was simple but audacious: it is indeed realistic and possible to use reason and experience to improve the ways in which we live."

Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East | 06/23/2014 Scott Anderson How did the Arab Revolt and Lawrence of Arabia shape the Middle East? And how are Lawrence's actions of a century ago still being felt today?

A Conversation with Law Professor and Columnist Rosa Brooks on Obama's Foreign Policy | 06/12/2014 Rosa Brooks, James Traub With an insider's perspective, Rosa Brooks candidly discusses U.S. foreign policy, from Kosovo to Afghanistan, Syria, and Ukraine, along with her views on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Would Clinton have made a better president?

Womenomics and Culture Change in Japan | 06/11/2014 Malli Gero, Lin Kobayashi, Ken Shibusawa, Devin T. Stewart, Julia Taylor Kennedy In Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and a new generation of business leaders have launched a cultural shift, with many trying to increase female corporate leadership in order to promote the idea of "womenomics." In looking at Japan's business climate, gender equity in the workplace, and more, can gender quotas for leadership affect social change?

The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move? | 06/09/2014 Patrick Tucker Today we create information in everything that we do, and there is no going back. But instead of seeing this as as a threat, we should seize the opportunity to use it to our advantage, says Patrick Tucker. Big data can improve our lives, offering everything from more informed consumer choices to more accurate and detailed medical data.

The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union | 06/06/2014 Serhii Plokhy Serhii Plokhy presents a bold new interpretation of the Soviet Union's final months, which places Ukraine at the center of the drama. And by providing the historical background for what is happening now, he shows that there are many key points linking 1991 to today.

Sectarian Politics in the Gulf: From the Iraq War to the Arab Uprisings | 06/01/2014 Frederic M. Wehrey It's tempting to see today's Middle East conflicts as the continuation of centuries-old sectarian divisions, but Frederick Wehrey cautions against it. "Sectarianism is really a local institutional governance phenomenon that needs to be addressed through political reform in the Gulf, through ending discrimination, through greater participation in governance."

Ukraine Update: The Presidential Elections and Beyond | 05/30/2014 Nicolai N. Petro, Richard Sakwa, David C. Speedie David Speedie discusses the election of new Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko with University of Rhode Island's Nicolai Petro and University of Kent's Richard Sakwa, both speaking from Odessa in southern Ukraine.

A Conversation with Ezekiel Emanuel on Health Care Reform | 05/30/2014 Ezekiel J. Emanuel, James Traub A doctor, a former advisor to the Obama administration, and a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Emanuel has spent a generation advocating on health care reform. In this lively and sometimes heated discussion, he clearly and succinctly explains "Obamacare," why it evolved as it did, and what it will mean for Americans going forward.

Corporations as Agents of Change | 05/22/2014 Christine Bader, Carole Basri, Wayne Brody, Aneel Karnani, Alice Korngold, Julia Taylor Kennedy Can today's powerful multinational corporations be a force for social good? Should they be, and if so, how should this be implemented? Are they out for themselves, their customers, society, or some combination of all three?

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China | 05/19/2014 Evan Osnos In Chinese, the word for ambition is "wild heart" and for millennia individual aspirations were looked down on, as the group always came first. How China has changed!

Moral Imagination | 05/14/2014 David Bromwich David Bromwich draws upon thinkers such as Burke, Lincoln, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. to show that it is moral imagination which allows us to judge the right and wrong of actions apart from ourselves, to see the needs of strangers as clearly as the needs of friends. Thus it is essential to governing and to the well-being of the state.

Attacks on the Press: Journalism on the Front Lines | 05/13/2014 Joel Simon, Jacob Weisberg Journalists have always faced attacks on their freedom to report stories and often on their physical safety as well. Now they face a new threat: digital surveillance. Electronic spying means that journalists cannot protect their sources, and undermines the public's confidence in the media's ability to operate without government interference.

Ukraine Update: Report from Odessa | 05/09/2014 Nicolai N. Petro, David C. Speedie With the deadly conflict in Ukraine spreading to this hitherto calm southern city, David Speedie speaks again with Dr. Nicolai Petro, professor of international relations at the University of Rhode Island, who is currently a Fulbright Fellow in Odessa.

The Rise of the New Far Right in Europe and Implications for European Parliament Elections | 05/13/2014 David Art, Virág Molnár, Cas Mudde This panel gives an excellent overview of the complexities of the rise of right-wing populism across Europe, focusing in particular on France, the UK, and Hungary. The discussion illuminates the differences and similarities between the movements and shows how in many countries the themes of the radical left have been hijacked by the radical right.

The Invisible Casualties Of America's Longest Wars | 05/06/2014 Molly O'Toole, Sylvana Rochet-Belleri Did you know that one in three U.S. women veterans has been sexually assaulted? In 2013, even with about 85 percent of the assaults going unreported, they occurred at an average of more than 70 per day. Yet only about 35 percent of the reports went to court-martial proceedings.

Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices from the Internet Underground | 05/20/2014 Emily Parker Authoritarian governments try to isolate individuals from one another, but in the age of social media this is impossible to do. Online, people discover that they are not alone. As one blogger put it, "Now I know who my comrades are." The question is, what's next?

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