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Thought Leader: Victor Cha

Victor D. Cha holds the D. S. Song-Korea Foundation Chair in Government and is the director of Asian studies at Georgetown University. He is an expert on Asia, appears on CNN and MSNBC, and formerly served as director of Asian affairs on the White House National Security Council.

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  • WHAT’S DISTINCT distinct

    The rate of which information travels and the rate at which people can communicate now is so instantaneous. I think the moral implication of that is there's less responsibility and accountability for what people say and do.

  • PEACE peace

    Yes, I think we can have world peace. I think we have it in a sense today, you know, in spite of the fact that there are wars that are taking place. We don't have the sort of system-wide war we had in previous centuries. But it's something that we should consider precious and not take for granted and constantly work to maintain.

  • LEADERSHIP leadership

    I would define it as sort of exercising moral leadership on the global stage and that would mean two things to me. One would be standing up for those who can't stand up for themselves. And then the other way is in terms of contributing to the public goods of the international system, whether the issue is climate change or freedom of navigation.