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Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 6:00pm
The menu of Transatlantic security concerns has expanded to include emerging issues including piracy, cyber security, energy scarcity, climate change, and the gender impact of conflict, along with more traditional themes like missile defense, terrorism, and nuclear proliferation. In this discussion, Dr. Colette Mazzucelli and Michele Wucker explore how fresh thinking on emerging security threats can be integrated in to the policy agenda.
Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 6:30pm
In the fall of 2008, New York Times foreign correspondent and Pulitzer Prize winner David Rohde traveled to Afghanistan to report on a book he was writing on the failing American war effort and the radicalization of Pakistan's tribal areas. While traveling to interview a Taliban commander outside of Kabul, he and two Afghan colleagues were kidnapped by the Taliban and held for seven months. His latest book, "A Rope and a Prayer," chronicles his months in captivity, and emerges as a timely resource for understanding the trajectory of violence during the last decade in a war-ravaged region. In this Political Salon, David Rohde will talk about why it was so important to seek local voices and viewpoints, and discuss the political dynamics of international involvement in the AfPak region.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 12:15pm
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.
Monday, December 13, 2010 - 6:30pm
Scott Malcomson, author of "Generation's End," will reflect and exchange views with Political Salon participants on the ways in which the critical two-year period following 9/11 set the tone for profound changes in America's relationship with the world.
Fortunes of Change - David Callahan
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 6:30pm
A new group of American billionaires and millionaires are engaged in global philanthropy on a scale never seen before. They are mounting vast initiatives to combat problems such as malaria, AIDS, and global poverty. For some, helping the poorest people in the world has become an all-consuming passion. But these efforts have also incited great controversy. In this Political Salon, David Callahan discusses his new book, Fortunes of Change: The Rise of the Liberal Rich and the Remaking of America. With Ami Dar moderating, Callahan explores the motives and tactics of the new humanitarian donors: are these "band-aid" providers who aren't tackling the structural inequities of the global economy? Or are these donors having an impact on the deeper inequities of the world?
Monday, November 15, 2010 - 12:45pm
In this Political Salon, MEP and longtime human rights activist Barbara Lochbihler and The Century Foundation's Geneive Abdo discuss the stance of the international community towards Iran in light of the recently released Boell & Century Foundation policy paper, "Placing Human Rights Violations in Iran on Top of the Foreign Policy Agenda." Sebastian Gräfe, co-author of the report and Program Director for Foreign & Security Policy for the Böll Foundation's Transatlantic Relations program in Washington DC, will moderate.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 6:30pm
Managed by the independent Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress, the Open World program is designed to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia and the Baltic States by developing a network of leaders in the region who have gained significant, firsthand exposure to American society, government, and economy. In a slightly different format from regular Political Salons, Rob Fenstermacher moderates this discussion with the Russian Open World delegation, comprised of primary and secondary school educators from the Russian Republic of Buryatia. Located in the Siberian Federal District, north of the Mongolian border, Buryatia has a population of approximately 1 million and is recognized for its diversity of religions.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 8:30am
In the first annual lecture in memory of counterterrorism expert and WPI Senior Fellow Ian Cuthbertson, Al-Qaeda Taliban Monitoring Team Coordinator Richard Barrett and Amnesty International's Tom Parker discuss the limits of traditional military and criminal counterterrorism enforcement initiatives, and explore new thinking and strategies for deterring terrorists and keeping radical ideologies from spreading.
Monday, October 18, 2010 - 6:30pm
When Unspeakable Truths was first published in 2001, it was the first of its kind and quickly became a classic, helping to define the field of truth commissions and the broader arena of transitional justice. In the fully updated and expanded second edition -and in this Political Salon- Priscilla Hayner assesses the impact of truth commissions, analyzes new trends, and highlights new thinking in reparations, international justice, healing from trauma and gender.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 6:30pm
Despite a raging war, endless corruption, and questionable rule of law, Afghanistan held nationwide parliamentarian elections on September 18. WPI Senior Fellow Patricia DeGennaro has just returned from observing the elections in the Panjsher Valley and will give a first-hand account of the elections and Afghan attitudes toward this new step toward freedom.
Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 6:00pm
American higher education should be key to the U.S.'s pre-eminence as a world power. A third of the country's young people attend more than 4,000 US colleges and universities, while hundreds of thousands of students from abroad, predominantly from China, India, Korea and the Middle East, get their post-secondary education at the same schools. This effectively makes education one of the most significant products that these countries buy from the U.S., and many American universities have now even set out to export their product abroad. But how good is American higher education, really? Does it play the role it should in creating opportunity –or can we do better by our students? David Callahan moderates this discussion with co-authors Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus.
Monday, September 13, 2010 - 7:00pm
With oil gushing into the Gulf, the Taliban going strong and the polar ice caps melting away, we wouldn’t blame you for feeling like there's nothing to laugh about - until now. You may not have thought policy wonks were funny, but we’re about to prove you wrong. Comedy Central's Christian Finnegan emcees a special evening of international stand-up comedy benefiting World Policy Journal and featuring Ophira Eisenberg, Ian Bremmer, Kevin Bleyer and Robert George.
Friday, September 10, 2010 - 6:00pm
World Policy Journal is a proud media partner of the eighth annual Interdependence Day Celebrations and Forums. September 10-12, Berlin, Germany.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 6:30pm
One year after President Obama's Cairo speech, with no sign of an Israel-Palestine peace deal, a deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, and the ongoing nuclear standoff with Iran, a distinguished panel of experts debates whether the 'new beginning' initiative has stalled. Moderated by The New York Times' Roger Cohen, panelists include Reza Aslan, Martin Indyk, Joe Klein, Marc Lynch and Dalia Mogahed.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 6:00pm
If conservatives are right, and the best government is the smallest government, then how is it that after years of right-wing rule the nation is experiencing stagnant wages, rising health-care costs, increasing unemployment, and concentrations of wealth for a narrow elite? In this forum sponsored by Demos, the World Policy Institute, the Center for American Progress and the Progressive Book Club, authors Jeff Madrick and John Cassidy discuss financial reform, and how government action can help revive the economy.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 12:15pm
This luncheon discussion brings together authors Mary Kaldor and Shannon Beebe with WPI Senior Fellow Sherle Schwenninger for the launch of "The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon." Brought together from distant points on the political spectrum, renowned peace advocate Mary Kaldor and career military officer Shannon Beebe explore human security and find common ground in a cutting-edge concept that redefines what security means, what security forces should do, and the policies and priorities needed to achieve peace.
Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 5:00pm
Why would a successful American physician choose to live in a twelve-foot-by-twelve-foot cabin without running water or electricity? To find out, writer and activist William Powers visited Dr. Jackie Benton in rural North Carolina. No Name Creek gurgled through Benton's permaculture farm, and she stroked honeybees' wings as she shared her "wildcrafter" philosophy of living on a planet in crisis. Powers, just back from a decade of international aid work, then accepted Benton's offer to stay there for a season while she traveled. There, he befriended the eclectic neighbors-organic farmers, biofuel brewers, eco-developers-and discovered a way of life under threat in opposition to the American dream. Senior Fellow Bill Powers discusses his new book with Demos’ David Callahan.
Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 12:00pm
The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is the most comprehensive human rights treaty for women. First signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, it has never reached the floor of the United States Senate despite bipartisan support in committee. This luncheon panel, co-sponsored with the Women’s Leadership Initiative at Demos, features June Zeitlin, Linda Tarr-Whelan, Letty Chiwara and Michele Wucker in discussion on why US ratification of CEDAW matters to women in this country and around the world, and highlights the steps we can take to make it a reality.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 6:00pm
Renowned economist and author of groundbreaking book The Bottom Billion, Paul Collier discusses his new book, The Plundered Planet, which builds upon his work on developing countries and the poorest populations to confront the global mismanagement of nature. World Policy Journal Editor David A. Andelman moderates the event, with Sanjay Reddy, Associate Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research as discussant.
Friday, April 23, 2010 - 12:15pm
WPI Senior Fellow Belinda Cooper, in conversation with Dilek Kurban and Etyen Mahçupyan, both of TESEV, Istanbul, and Louis Fishman of Brooklyn College, explores Turkey’s expanded role in recent years as a mediator between East and West on the international stage. The country has experienced far-reaching internal change, including an unprecedented expansion of civil society and internal dialogue and extensive legal changes as part of its bid for EU membership. The election of a moderate Islamist government in 2002, however, raised concerns outside of Turkey about the increased role of Islam in the country's heretofore assertively secular state and its implications for international security. What are the effects of the changes taking place in Turkish society on its democracy and its role in international affairs? And what part does religion play in this equation?


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