Public Affairs


Public Affairs hosted speakers who are prominent people in the world of international affairs, from acclaimed authors, to Nobel laureates, to high-ranking UN officials.

OCT 16, 2018 Podcast

The Nationalist Revival: Trade, Immigration, and the Revolt Against Globalization, with John B. Judis

Why has nationalism suddenly returned with a vengeance around the world? Why are nationalists so angry about free trade and immigration? Why has globalization become ...

OCT 5, 2018 Podcast

An Update on Pakistan, with Ahmed Rashid

Acclaimed journalist Ahmed Rashid discusses Pakistan's new populist prime minister, Imran Khan, whom he considers woefully unprepared. He also examines Pakistan's debt-ridden economy and Pakistan's ...

Donald Trump at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, September 2017. CREDIT: <a href="">The White House/Public Domain</a>

OCT 2, 2018 Podcast

All Options Are on the Table: Threats and Coercive Diplomacy in Foreign Affairs

Are there ever justifiable reasons for issuing threats to achieve foreign policy objectives? In particular, are President Trump's threats against Iran justified? Don't miss this ...

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SEP 28, 2018 Podcast

On the Future: Prospects for Humanity, with Martin Rees

Cosmologist and astrophysicist Martin Rees discusses the future of humanity on Earth and beyond, foreseeing a time when space pioneers may use gene splicing and ...

SEP 17, 2018 Podcast

Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment, with Francis Fukuyama

The rise of global populism is the greatest threat to global democracy, and it's mainly driven not by economics, but by people's demand for public ...

SEP 14, 2018 Podcast

Future Politics, with Jamie Susskind

There are three major technological developments that are transforming the way we live, says Jamie Susskind: increasingly capable systems, increasingly integrated technology, and increasingly quantified ...

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AUG 14, 2018 Podcast

Post-Truth, with Lee C. McIntyre

"Post-truth doesn't mean that no one cares about truth, it doesn't mean that there isn't any such thing as truth, it just means that there's ...

JUL 2, 2018 Podcast

India in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know, with Mira Kamdar

What are the challenges that will have the most impact on India's future? Award-winning author Mira Kamdar puts climate change and environmental degradion at the ...

JUN 18, 2018 Podcast

Would the World Be Better Without the UN? with Thomas G. Weiss

Thomas Weiss, a leading expert on the history and politics of the United Nations, gives incontrovertible evidence of the UN's achievements, such as the eradication ...

Nadine Strossen. CREDIT: Amanda Ghanooni.

JUN 11, 2018 Podcast

HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship, with Nadine Strossen

Nadine Strossen gives a rousing, detailed, and convincing defense of free speech as it is laid out in the First Amendment. "American law really is ...