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December 5, 2002 – MISADVENTURES IN HUMANITARIAN AID
Sherle Schwenninger moderates a panel discussion with Nicholas Detorrente and David Rieff on how humanitarian relief organizations have moved away from political neutrality to become protagonists in humanitarian crises.
November 21, 2002 – THE AMERICAN EMPIRE: CAN IT ENDURE?
James Chace moderates a panel discussion with David Fromkin and Mark Danner on the vulnerability of the American nation in the twenty-first century.
November 14, 2002 – THE MEDIA AND AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY – WHO’S ON FIRST?
Peter Kaufman moderates a panel discussion with Stephen Ives, Vivian Schiller and Stephen Segaller on the media’s function as a check on the executive, legislature and judiciary, and its impact on US foreign policy.
November 7, 2002 – CHINA: DEMOCRATIZING THE WORLD’S NEXT SUPERPOWER
James Nolt moderates a panel discussion with Anne Thurston and Thomas Bernstein on the economic and political reforms within China and whether the superpower is moving towards a democracy.
October 24, 2002 – WHY ECONOMIES GROW?
Jeff Madrick moderates a discussion with Ellen Houston and Mark Weisbrot on the alternative ideas about the sources of economic growth and the effect of social programs on growth.
October 17, 2002 – WOMEN HEADS OF STATE: VIRTUOUS LEADERSHIP?
Claudia Dreifus moderates a panel discussion on the impact of women’s leadership on women’s rights, human rights, development, and war and peace issues with Barbara Crossette, M.R. Ambassador Marjatta Rasi, and Rounaq Jahan.
October 3, 2002 – PUSHING THE ENVELOPE – THE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT OF THE AMERICAS
Armando Bravo Martinez, Joyce Chang and Sherle Schwenninger discuss the debate surrounding the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas extending beyond trade policy negotiations.
October 1, 2002 – THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS REVISITED: FORTY YEARS LATER
Celestine Bohlen moderates a discussion with Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Nina Krushcheva, Wayne Smith and Carlos Alzugaray on the significance of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The discussion addresses whether the crisis had any long-term impact on the geo-political strategies of the United States and the Soviet Union and the impact of the crisis on the relation between the US and Latin America.
September 26, 2002 – BUSH’S FOREIGN POLICY: THE HALF- TIME SCORE CARD
With President Bush’s term half over, Stephen Schlesinger moderates a discussion with Richard Reeve and Max Boot on whether American unilateralism is justifiable in this contemporary era and whether President Bush’s policies so far lead to more stability or instability.
April 25, 2002 – JAPAN’S ETERNAL RECESSION
James Nolt, Eugene Dattel and Peter Ennis discuss the reasons for Japan’s lack of growth in recent years and the obstacles for overcoming the downturn, as well as the impact of Japan’s sluggish economy on economic development throughout Asia and the world.
April 11, 2002 – HOMELAND DEFENSE: WHAT IS IT AND WHAT WILL IT COST?
Post 9/11, MIT Senior Research Fellow Cindy Williams and WPI Senior Fellow William D. Hartung explore what the administration means by homeland defense, how the funds are being spent, and whether the massive new investment is likely to make the country safer from terrorist attack.
April 4, 2002 –THE COLOSSUS OF EUROPE
Belinda Cooper moderates a panel discussion with Carl Lankowski, Martin Walker and a representative of the European Union office at the United Nations on the impact of the enlargement of the Euro Zone on Europe’s superpower status, and on Europe’s relationship with the US.
March 21, 2002 – THE IMPACT OF SEPTEMBER 11TH ON AMERICAN LIBERALISM
The 9/11 attacks and subsequent war against terrorism raised a number of grave questions for America’s liberals. Paul Berman moderates a panel discussion with Harold Meyerson and Michael Walzer on the right way to understand the attacks and the war against terrorism as well as other questions including what these events have revealed about American policies and liberal values.
March 14, 2002 – THE SECRET WARS IN EURASIA
Ian Bremmer moderates a panel discussion with Dr. Joel Rosenthal and Mark Medish on the impact of an expansion of the US-led war on terror on the major states within Eurasia, concentrating on Russia, The Caspian and Central Asia, and South Asia.
March 7, 2002 – WHITHER THE EMERGING GLOBAL MIDDLE CLASS?
Sherle Schwenninger moderates a discussion with Richard Medley and Patrick Smith on the prospects for large emerging economies in the face of large middle class expansion in countries like Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico.
February 21, 2002 –THE ROGUE STATES: LIBYA, NORTH KOREA, SUDAN AND SOMALIA—WHAT IS THEIR FATE?
In light of the defeat of the Taliban and the ejection of Al-Qaeda from its bases and training camps in Afghanistan, Ian Cuthbertson moderates a discussion with Adam Albion and Professor Richard Allen surrounding the shift of focus of the war on terrorism to other likely targets, exploring the true nature of the threat posed by each of these countries and the significance of their dangers.
February 14, 2002 – THE STRANGE PATH OF BIOTERRORISM: THREATS FOR THE FUTURE
Nina Khrushcheva and Stephen Handelman discuss the extent of the threat of biological warfare on the national scale as well as the 2001 anthrax attacks in America.
February 7, 2002 – BUSH DOCTRINE IN FOREIGN POLICY: DOES IT EXIST?
Stephen Schlesinger moderates a panel discussion with Michael Elliott and Jonathan Schell on the Bush doctrine in foreign affairs: whether is exists, its scope and definition.
February 5, 2002 – SCIENCE AND DEMOCRACY IN THE POST 9/11TH WORLD
WPI Senior Fellow and New York Times interviewer, Claudia Dreifus will read from her new book, Scientific Conversations: Interviews from the New York Times on Science (Times Books/Henry Holt) and conduct live interviews with two of the book‘s subjects, Rita Colwell, Director of the National Science Foundation, and Nobel Laureate, Leon Lederman. Joining the discussion will be William J. Broad of the New York Times, the co-author of Germs: Biological Weapons and America‘s Secret War.