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Monday, December 12, 2011 - ZOMBIE BANKS: A POLITICAL SALON WITH YALMAN ONARAN
What do the protests in Greece, unemployment in the United States, bank failures in Ireland, and the “Lost Decade” of 1990s Japan have in common? According to financial journalist Yalman Onaran’s new book, they are all products of a broken system of zombie banks, in which governments provide constant life support to financial institutions that can no longer remain solvent on their own. In this discussion, moderated by the Eurasia Group's Dan Alamariu, Onaran examines how zombie banks hinder economic recovery and offers suggestions on how to stabilize the global economy.
Saturday, December 10, 2011 - NEW YORK SCREENING OF BHOPALI
Bhopali documents the experience of second generation children affected by the Union Carbide gas disaster of 1984, the worst industrial disaster in history, and subsequent contamination of groundwater by Union Carbide Corporation (an American company now owned by Dow Chemical, the second largest chemical company in the world). It follows several children as they and their families cope with the ongoing medical and social disaster, as well as their memories of that traumatizing night that shocked the world and changed Bhopal forever. Set against the backdrop of vehement protests for the 25th anniversary of the disaster, the Bhopalis continue to fight for justice, proving to be anything but victims.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - DEMOCRATIC TRANSITIONS AND COUNTERTERRORISM
The cascade of events loosely known as the Arab Spring has overturned authoritarian regimes in the Middle East and ushered in a period of transition in a number of countries, transforming U.S. alliances and upending strategic thinking in the region. How will this affect counterterrorism strategies? In the second of the annual Ian Cuthbertson Memorial Lectures, Naureen Chowdhury Fink and Scott Helfstein discuss the positive and negative impacts of democratic transitions on the fight against terrorism.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - OCCUPY THE WORLD: A POLITICAL SALON WITH MIRA KAMDAR
During the past year, citizen-led protests against governments that have failed to deliver equality of opportunity–from the Arab Spring to India to European debtor nations to the Occupy movement in the United States-have had worldwide resonance, yet varying degrees of success. In this discussion, Mira Kamdar examines the global implications these protest movements, focusing on India's crisis of governance.
The Water-Energy Nexus represents a critical business, security, and environmental issue, but has not yet received the attention that it merits. Energy production consumes significant amounts of water, and vice versa. Now --as energy policies are being considered around the world-- is the window of opportunity to include water on the agenda alongside cost, carbon, and security considerations. In this panel discussion, industry leaders explore what businesses, the military, policy makers, and the media need to know about managing trade-offs between water and energy.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - EXORBITANT PRIVILEGE WITH BARRY EICHENGREEN
For more than half a century, the U.S. dollar has been not just America's currency, but the world's. This dependence on dollars --by banks, corporations and governments around the world--is a source of strength for the United States; to critics, the leeway afforded to America by the dollar has been called its "exorbitant privilege." In the face of high unemployment, record federal deficits, and the larger fallout from the financial crisis and Great Recession, will this soon be a privilege lost? In "Exorbitant Privilege," economist Barry Eichengreen counters this argument, challenging the presumption that there is room for only one true global currency, and his latest book emerges as a challenge to those who warn that the dollar is doomed as well as to those who regard its continuing dominance as inevitable.