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  • The Coronavirus Pandemic & International Relations, with Nikolas Gvosdev 03/18/20
    Nikolas K. Gvosdev, Alex Woodson,
    With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting all aspects of daily life around the world, what will be the effect on international relations? Will it increase cooperation among nations, or will it lead to more conflict and competition? Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev and host Alex Woodson discuss these scenarios and also touch on how the virus has affected the Democratic primary, in which Joe Biden now has a commanding lead.
  • Does Covid-19 Change International Relations? 03/17/20
    Nikolas K. Gvosdev
    Does a global pandemic change the nature of international affairs? Is it likely to foster international cooperation, or will it promote disintegrative tendencies within the global system? Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev shares his thoughts.
  • Peace By Poison: How the Coronavirus Could Fix Globalization Problems 03/14/20
    Nikolas K. Gvosdev
    How is the COVID-19 pandemic stress-testing the international system? Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev writes that the virus is accelerating a series of disintegrative processes, which could end up ushering in the long-awaited post–Cold War world. This article was first published on March 14, 2020 and an excerpt was reprinted with the kind permission of "The National Interest."
  • What Do Americans Think . . . 03/09/20
    Nikolas K. Gvosdev
    The U.S. Global Engagement program at Carnegie Council has been conducting a survey of attitudes about U.S. foreign policy with an eye to understanding where Americans are prepared to accept risks or prioritize tradeoffs with competing clusters of values and interests. Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev reviews some of the preliminary results.
  • Super Tuesday and the Clash of Foreign Policy Narratives 03/05/20
    Nikolas K. Gvosdev
    Democratic voters are now presented with a clear choice between two different foreign policy narratives and ethical considerations when it comes to U.S. engagement in the international system, writes Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev after Super Tuesday. Will voters be inclined to support Sanders and his non-interventionist ideas or Biden and his more traditional focus on asserting the U.S. as the leader of the world's democratic nations?
  • The Future of Artificial Intelligence, with Stuart J. Russell 02/24/20
    Stuart J. Russell, Alex Woodson,
    UC Berkley's Professor Stuart J. Russell discusses the near- and far-future of artificial intelligence, including self-driving cars, killer robots, governance, and why he's worried that AI might destroy the world. How can scientists reconfigure AI systems so that humans will always be in control? How can we govern this emerging technology across borders? What can be done if autonomous weapons are deployed in 2020?
  • Killer Robots, Ethics, & Governance, with Peter Asaro 02/11/20
    Peter Asaro, Alex Woodson,

    Peter Asaro, co-founder of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, has a simple solution for stopping the future proliferation of killer robots, or lethal autonomous weapons: "Ban them." What are the ethical and logistical risks of this technology? How would it change the nature of warfare? And with the U.S. and other nations currently developing killer robots, what is the state of governance?

  • As Biden Stalls, Is the "Restorationist" Narrative Losing Ground? 02/07/20
    Nikolas K. Gvosdev
    U.S. Global Engagement Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev notes that former Vice President Joe Biden is, in foreign policy terms, most associated with a "restorationist" approach. How does this differentiate from other candidates? What approach will resonate most with voters?
  • Democratic Candidates & Foreign Policy after Iowa, with Nikolas Gvosdev 02/05/20
    Nikolas K. Gvosdev, Alex Woodson,
    With the (incomplete) results of the Iowa Caucus putting the spotlight on Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders, what do we know about their foreign policy platforms? How do they differentiate themselves from Joe Biden? Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev shares his thoughts and touches on voters' possible perception of Sanders as a "socialist" and how climate change could become an issue in this election.
  • Do Morals Matter? Presidents & Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump, with Joseph Nye 02/04/20
    Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
    How much do morals matter for U.S. presidents when it comes to international affairs? What are the ethics of "America First" or 2003 invasion of Iraq? Joseph Nye, former dean of the Harvard Kennedy School, works through each presidency from FDR to Trump and scores their foreign policy on three ethical dimensions of their intentions, the means they used, and the consequences of their decisions.
  • The Crack-Up: The Birth of the Modern Middle East, with Ted Widmer 01/31/20
    Ted Widmer, Alex Woodson,
    At the end of World War I, colonial powers carved up the Ottoman Empire and the reverberations are still being felt today. Historian Ted Widmer discusses the circumstances that led to this fateful episode and why Woodrow Wilson wasn't able to extend his principle of "self-determination" to the Middle East. How should we think about the Trump-Netanyahu peace plan in the context of what happened in Palestine in 1919?
  • In Favor of the Public Interest: Social Media Should be Regulated 01/31/20
    "The sheer size of the social media market in news delivery, as well as the numerous instances of social media being used for harmful ends, are powerful reasons why the freedom of social media must be limited with carefully crafted, democratically discussed regulations."

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