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  • Climate Change and the Power to Act: An Ethical Approach for Practical Progress 05/17/18
    Janos Pasztor, Robyn Eckersley, Darrel Moellendorf, Ronald Jumeau, Suma Peesapati,
    We are already living with climate change; and although countries have pledged to limit global warming to 2 °C, success seems highly unlikely. This panel explores how to advance ethical leadership on climate justice globally, nationally, and locally in the years ahead. Topics include the Paris Agreement and commitments going forward, geoengineering governance, the problems in California, and the creative ways the Seychelles are coping.
  • Greed, Movies, and Capitalism with Ethicist John Paul Rollert 05/17/18
    John Paul Rollert , Devin T. Stewart,
    Every capitalist economy struggles with how to come to terms with greed, says John Paul Rollert, an expert on the intellectual history of capitalism. He describes how our perspective has changed from the Christian view of greed as an unalloyed sin, to the 18th century idea that it could bring positive benefits, to the unabashed "Greed is good" ethos in the movie "Wall Street." Where do we stand now? How can we rehabilitate capitalism?
  • Global Ethics Forum Preview: Plutopia: Nuclear Families in Atomic Cities, with Kate Brown 05/17/18
    Kate Brown, Stephanie Sy,
    Next time on Global Ethics Forum, University of Maryland Baltimore County's Professor Kate Brown details the ethical, social, and health costs of nuclear power since World War II. In this excerpt Brown, author of "Plutopia," and journalist Stephanie Sy discuss the little-known Cold War era nuclear production plants in the Soviet Union and Washington State.
  • The French Far Right in Russia's Orbit 05/15/18
    Nicolas Lebourg
    "Far-right groups in France are not restricted to the party of the Le Pen family. They are diverse, operate through networks, and are now well within Russia's force field. But this is not only the result of Vladimir Putin's charisma or Marine Le Pen's need for funds. The Russian question has drawn French nationalist activists into combat, both at the rhetorical level...and at the level of armed combat."
  • The Living Legacy of WWI: Forgotten Aspects of the Western Hemisphere & WWI, with Richard Millett 05/15/18
    Richard Millett, Reed Bonadonna,
    "Unknown to the rest of America, we had one regiment of Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico which was totally integrated. The rest of the military was segregated, and the Puerto Rican regiment was integrated." Military historian Richard Millett discusses some surprising and neglected aspects of the Hispanic experience in World War I, along with the war's impact on the United States' relationship with its Latin American allies.
  • From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin's Russia, with Michael McFaul 05/14/18
    Michael McFaul
    As Obama's adviser on Russian affairs, Michael McFaul helped craft the United States' policy known as "reset" that fostered new and unprecedented collaboration between the two countries. Then, as U.S. ambassador to Russia from 2012-2014, he had a front-row seat when this fleeting moment crumbled with Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency. "It's tragic," he says. "How is it that we have come back to something close to the Cold War?"
  • "End of an Era" in China, with Carl Minzner 05/10/18
    Carl Minzner, Devin T. Stewart,
    "I'm not making an argument that Maoism is coming back; we're very far away from that. But the crucial thing to recognize is just what we had known as characterizing the reform era is going away, and China is shifting into a more personalized authoritarian regime and one which is more closed with respect to outside influence. For me, I think when you see those things happening it makes you worried about what's the next norm that starts to break."
  • "Why Terrorists Quit" in Indonesia, with Julie Chernov Hwang 05/09/18
    Devin T. Stewart, Julie Chernov Hwang ,
    Over six years, Julie Chernov Huang conducted over 100 interviews with current and former leaders and followers of radical Islamist groups in Indonesia to find out why some terrorists finally quit. What did she learn? The key is life skills training, family and community support, and personal development, she says. "If you are going to focus on deradicalization, focus it narrowly on use of violence. Don't try to overhaul someone's worldview."
  • Engagement: What Do Voters Think 05/08/18
    Nikolas K. Gvosdev
    Ali Wyne notes that there is a disconnect between how Americans view U.S. foreign policy and whether or not it supports and sustains their interests. Although they may believe that the United States should play a leadership role on the global stage, public support for foreign engagement is not unlimited.
  • Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War, with Paul Scharre 05/08/18
    Paul Scharre
    "What happens when a predator drone has as much as autonomy as a self-driving car, moving to something that is able to do all of the combat functions all by itself, that it can go out, find the enemy, and attack the enemy without asking for permission?" asks military and technology expert Paul Scharre. The technology's not there yet, but it will be very soon, raising a host of ethical, legal, military, and security challenges.
  • The Living Legacy of WWI: Merchants of Death? The Politics of Defense Contracting, with Christopher Capozzola 05/08/18
    Christopher Capozzola, Reed Bonadonna,
    In the 1930s during the run-up to WWII, many argued that arms manufacturers and bankers--"merchants of death"--had conspired to manipulate the U.S. into entering WWI. What is or should be the role of the profit motive in preparing for war? "This is a debate that is no less important now," says MIT's Christopher Capozzola, "but we are not having it, and we are not including all the people in that debate who need to be participating in it."
  • Understanding the "Duterte Phenomenon" in the Philippines, with John Gershman 05/07/18
    John Gershman, Devin T. Stewart,
    Unlike Trump, Duterte came to the presidency with a history in public service and he knew how to run a government, says John Gershman. "I would relate him in some ways more to the anti-democratic populist movements of Eastern Europe: authoritarian, a very heavy morality dimension to his vision of nationalism, with a focus on things like drugs, and with a healthy dose of misogyny in his rhetoric."

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