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December 7, 2004 - RUSSIA’S DEMOCRATIC EXPERIMENT: ARMAGEDDON AVERTED
Stephen Kotkin presents his new book, Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse 1970-2000 (Oxford University Press, 2001), with commentary by Stephen Holmes moderated by Nina Khrushcheva. Kotkin illuminates the factors that led to the downfall of Communism and the USSR, following the global economic changes from the 1970s to the present day as his guide.
December 6, 2004 - THE POST-SEPTEMBER 11TH WORLD: CAN THE UNITED NATIONS DELIVER PEACE?
Mustapha Tlili moderates a panel discussion with Yves Doutriaux and Edward Mortimer examining implications of the tragic events of September 11th for the United Nations.
December 2, 2004 - INDIA AND THE UNITED STATES: A POST-ELECTION PROGNOSIS
Relations between the United States and India have improved dramatically since the estranged period of the Cold War and the Nonaligned Movement. Yet, despite wide commonalities of values and interests, there remain important divisions that cast the shadow of a lingering fragility on the relationship. Mira Kamdar moderates a panel discussion with Brooks Entwistle and Sumit Ganguly on the recent elections in the United States and in the wake of elections in India, what prognosis is made for the relationship between two of the world’s most important democracies.
November 18, 2004 - WHEN PRESIDENTS LIE
Eric Alterman discusses his book ‘When Presidents Lie: A History of Official Deception and its Consequences (Viking)”. Alterman presents an original explanation for how the Cold War started and shows how the groundwork was laid for McCarthyism and determined the course of the Cold War to come. He offers a unique explanation for why Johnson felt a need to fight and finally examines how Ronald Reagan's Central American wars ended in the ignominy of the Iran-Contra scandal and helped set the stage for George W. Bush's "post-truth" presidency.
November 11, 2004 - WHY THE MEDIA MISUNDERSTANDS TERRORISM: IMAGING THE ENEMY
Michele Wucker and Ian Cuthbertson moderate a panel discussion on how the media has contributed to the propagation of the enemy image, and what it can and should do to help correct this false with Michael Meyer and Mira Kamdar.
Michele Wucker moderates a panel discussion with Jorge Pinto and Bryan Pu-Folkes on the notions of national loyalty in a changing age of global migration, what makes a citizen and the impact of this on national unity and national – as well as international- security.
October 28, 2004 -IS THE PENTAGON HURTING OUR ECONOMY?
William Hartung moderates a panel discussion with David Gold and Heather Mac Donald on the economic and budgetary trade-offs involved in the current military buildup and if there is a way to provide more effective security and decrease the Pentagon’s burden on the economy.
October 14, 2004 - CYBERCRIME AND TERRORISM
Kim Taipale moderates a panel discussion with Barry Steinhardt, Eben Moglen, Paul Rosenzweig and Heather Mac Donald on how the dual obligations of collective security and individual freedom can be best achieved given current developments in information technologies and the threat of international terrorism.
September 27, 2004 - DOJ/DHS CRTICICAL INCIDENCE CONFERENCE
Conference hosted by DHS’s Science & Technology Directorate and DOJ’s National Institute of Justice to highlight the technology and training tools currently available and being developed for the responder community to deal with major threats to lives and property, such as terrorist attacks. The conference offers a unique opportunity for responders, business and industry, academia and elected Federal, State and local stakeholders to network, exchange ideas and address common critical incident technology needs.
September 23, 2004 - THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE: HAS FOREIGN POLICY MADE A DIFFERENCE
Stephen Schlesinger moderates a panel discussion with Joe Conason and James Carroll onhow the Bush Administration’s invasion of Iraq, given both our faulty intelligence and our nation’s inability to resolve the ensuing conflicts in the Middle East as well as residual economic issues like the so-called “middle class squeeze” and the failure of the US economy to produce new jobs have eaten away at George W. Bush’s legacy.
April 29, 2004 - RUSSIA’S PRESENT CONDITION: WHY PUTIN COULDN’T LOSE
Russia has recently chosen her President for the next four years. The unsurprising results of the March presidential elections—72 % support for Vladimir Putin—have given way to much speculation over the current state of political affairs in Russia. Nina Khrushcheva moderates a panel discussion on whether Russia’s standard defense of its current semi-autocratic condition, that democracy needs order to develop over time, leads to a defeat of democracy with Gideon Lichfield, Maria Lipman and Adam Michnik.
April 15, 2004 - AMERICAN GRAND STRATEGY AND THE WORLD
Stephen Schlesinger moderates a panel discussion with Sherle Schwenninger and Patrick Smith on how the aftermaths of the war in Iraq, on the one hand, and the earlier Asian financial crisis, on the other, have reshaped America’s position in the world and now pose new challenges for American foreign policy.
April 8, 2004 - WAR CRIMES IN WEST AFRICA: WILL THERE BE JUSTICE?
The civil wars in Liberia and neighboring Sierra Leone killed tens of thousands of civilians, scattered millions from their homes and laid waste to both countries and much of the surrounding region. The fighting has subsided, and the combatants, many of them children, are being disarmed. Bill Berkeley moderates a panel dicussion with Tiawan Gongloe and Marieke Wierda to discuss this landmark case.
Jim Nolt moderates a panel discussion on U.S. policy towards North Korea and why progress is so painful and difficult with Christopher Nelson and Jason Shaplen
March 11, 2004 - IS TERRORISM FOREVER?
It has been thirty months since 9/11. The Taliban have been deposed and despite numerous bombings in various parts of the world, Al Qaeda has been thwarted, at least for the time being, in its various attempts to launch another attack on American soil. Yet the War on Terrorism continues unabated and the unanswered questions remain. Ian Cuthbertson moderates a panel discussion with Allen Greenspan and Richard Allan on whether this way can ever be won and whether terrorism, in all its facets, can be defeated.
Lissa Weinmann moderates a panel discussion with Camila Ruiz, Ignacio E. Sanchez and Antonio R. Zamora to examine the impact of recent Bush Administration actions toward Cuba, including the abandonment of longstanding bilateral migration accords, cutting US travel to the island (despite various Congressional votes to lift travel restrictions) and the newly created Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba, as well as explore the community’s role in policy formation, relations with the Cuban dissident community and potential involvement in the future of Cuba.
February 12, 2004 - WILL FOREIGN POLICY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE 2004 PRESIDENTIAL RACE?
Stephen Schlesinger moderates a panel discussion with Edward Luttwak and Robert Kuttner on whether security issues will have similar resonance this time round or whether the Democrats could mount a counterattack arguing that the nation is much less secure under President Bush.