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  • The Power of Tribalism, with Amy Chua & Walter Russell Mead 10/10/19
    Amy Chua, Walter Russell Mead, Roger Berkowitz,
    "In our foreign policy, for at least half a century, we have been spectacularly blind to the power of tribal politics," says Amy Chua, author of "Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations." What does this mean in 2019? How can Americans move past tribalism? Don't miss this conversation with Chua and Bard College's Walter Russell Mead, moderated by Bard's Roger Berkowitz.
  • Climate Change, Intergenerational Ethics, & Political Responsibility, with Stephen Gardiner 10/03/19
    Stephen M. Gardiner, Alex Woodson,
    University of Washington's Professor Stephen Gardiner discusses the ethics of climate change from intergenerational, political, and personal perspectives. Should individuals feel bad for using plastic straws or eating meat? What should the UN and its member states do? And how can older generations make up for "a massive failure in leadership" that has led, in part, to the current crisis?
  • C2G Update: Nature-based Solutions, the UN, & the IPCC Reports, with Janos Pasztor 10/01/19
    Janos Pasztor, Alex Woodson,
    Janos Pasztor, executive director of the Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G), gives an update on his team's work after a busy week in New York. In the wake of troubling IPCC reports on climate change's effect on the oceans and land use, what more can the UN do? What are the challenges of nature-based solutions? And how should we handle climate change fatigue, individually and on a societal level?
  • Climate Change Law, Island Nations, & the UN, with Maxine Burkett 09/26/19
    Maxine Burkett, Alex Woodson,
    University of Hawaii's Professor Maxine Burkett discusses climate change from a legal perspective in this timely conversation. What are some strategies that island nations like Kiribati can pursue? How can we work to protect climate migrants? And, as the UN General Assembly meets in New York, what should international organizations be doing?
  • Solar Dominance + Citizen Action: Solving Climate Change By 2030, with Eban Goodstein 09/23/19
    Eban Goodstein
    Can new developments in solar technology put the United States on track to produce 50 percent of its energy with renewables by 2030? What global citizen actions need to be undertaken to help reach this goal? Eban Goodstein, director of Bard Center for Environmental Policy, answers these questions and more in this hopeful and informative talk.
  • A Case for Giving Climate Migrants Protected Legal Status 09/20/19
    Brian A. Mateo
    With climate change already affecting vast regions of the planet, Bard College's Brian Mateo makes the case for expanding legal protections for refugees to include people displaced due to environmental issues. Whether by updating the 1951 Convention or working on a new global agreement, Mateo writes that this an urgent human rights issue for vulnerable populations today and future generations.
  • Need for a New Consensus 09/20/19
    Nikolas K. Gvosdev
    Foreign policy experts are having diffuclty linking the negative implications of a shift towards trasactionalism for U.S. foreign aid to voters. This begs the question: Should there be a clear quid pro quo for U.S. assistance?
  • The End of the U.S.-Taliban Talks? with Jonathan Cristol 09/18/19
    Jonathan Cristol, Alex Woodson,
    Despite progress over the last year, Donald Trump effectively ended the latest round of U.S.-Taliban negotiations with a tweet earlier this month. Will talks continue in a more understated way? Does this change anything on the ground in Afghanistan? And what is the Taliban doing in Moscow? Jonathan Cristol, author of "The United States and the Taliban before and after 9/11," discusses all this and more.
  • Candidates, Calculus, and the Iran Crisis 09/18/19
    Nikolas K. Gvosdev
    In choosing whether and how to respond to the attack on Saudi Arabian oil refineries, what is the calculus for determining action? Should the United States maintain its status as the guarantor of the Persian Gulf, protecting the security and integrity of the international energy system? What do the 2020 candidates think?
  • The Narrative IS Changing . . . 09/17/19
    Nikolas K. Gvosdev
    The narrative about America's role in the world is changing--and more evidence is accumulating that suggests that no matter how the 2020 presidential and congressional elections turn out, there is no turning the clock back to a pre-2016 status quo.
  • The Crack-Up: The 1919 Race Riots & the Crucible of Chicago, with Adam Green 09/16/19
    Adam Green, Ted Widmer,
    During the "Red Summer" of 1919 dozens of race riots flared up across the U.S., but the anti-African American violence in Chicago stood out because of scale and social and political significance. University of Chicago's Professor Adam Green details the causes, the tragic events, and the aftermath in this riveting discussion. How did the riot affect the city's development for decades to come? How does it tie into questions about democracy and the end of World War I?
  • Ethics & International Affairs Volume 33.3 (Fall 2019) 09/10/19
    The highlight of the Fall 2019 issue of "Ethics & International Affairs" is a roundtable on "Economic Sanctions and Their Consequences." Other topics include human rights and conflict resolution, Afghan attitudes toward civilian wartime harm, the role of supererogation on the battlefield, and the ethics of not-so-civil resistance.

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