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- The Future of Artificial Intelligence, with Stuart J. Russell
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
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?
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
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
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
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
"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."
- Compromising on Censorship? The Case for a Bilateral Agreement Over the Internet
"To prevent this status quo where the sovereignty of some states is infringed by the power of foreign platforms, a deal should be struck between global Internet powers, most importantly between China and the U.S. Just like nuclear deals had to (and still have to) involve Russia and the U.S., a trans-Pacific compromise is needed in a world where the Internet leadership is shared between China and the U.S."
- Hybrid Narratives and Competing with China
Nikolas K. Gvosdev
Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev responds to the new report released by the Center for a New American Security entitled "Rising to the China Challenge: Renewing American Competitiiveness in the Indo-Pacific."
- Carnegie New Leaders Interview: Moving Foreign Policy Forward, with Elmira Bayrasli
Elmira Bayrasli, Brian A. Mateo,
In discussion with Brian Mateo, a member of the Carnegie New Leaders program, Elmira Bayrasli discusses her work as CEO of Foreign Policy Interrupted, an organization dedicated to amplifying women's voices in interntionl affairs. Plus, she speaks about the future of foreign policy, including the effect of social media and other technological developments.
- Just War, Unjust Soldiers, & American Public Opinion, with Scott D. Sagan
Scott D. Sagan, Adam Read-Brown,
Do soldiers fighting for a "just cause" have more rights than soldiers fighting on the other side? In this interview following up on an "Ethics & International Affairs" article, Stanford's Professor Scott D. Sagan discusses the results of a study he conducted with Dartmouth's Professor Benjamin A. Valentino on how Americans think about this profound question.
- The Democratic Debate and Competing Narratives
Nikolas K. Gvosdev
As the Democratic field of presidential candidates narrows, the contenders are beginning to devote more attention to foreign policy and Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev has some important questions: Would Warren and Sanders stand by with their non-interventionist stances if they make it to the White House? Will climate change become a focus for any of the candidates?