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Today's World Affairs Council broadcast brings some of the brightest minds to the air. World Affairs Council President Jane Wales asks leading policymakers, journalists, scholars and artists questions that get to the heart of the stories in the news.

Today's World Affairs Council broadcast brings some of the brightest minds to the air. World Affairs Council President Jane Wales asks leading policymakers, journalists, scholars and artists questions that get to the heart of the stories in the news.
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San Francisco, CA

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Today's World Affairs Council broadcast brings some of the brightest minds to the air. World Affairs Council President Jane Wales asks leading policymakers, journalists, scholars and artists questions that get to the heart of the stories in the news.

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English

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Episodes

Ehud Barak and Marwan Muasher: Is Peace Possible? Where the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Stands after Jerusalem

6/19/2018
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Following President Trump's relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem - timed to coincide with Israel's 70th anniversary - tensions along the border in Gaza have flared. Although a ceasefire between Hamas and the Israeli Defense Forces was reached on May 30, recent developments in the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians have enduring consequences for both the Middle East and the international community at large. In this week’s episode, we’ll delve into the obstacles to peace...

Duration:00:58:59

Scott Sagan: The North Korean Crisis: Avoiding the Cliffs After Meeting at the Summit

6/12/2018
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In the first summit between American and North Korean leaders, President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12th. The stakes -- and tension -- could not be any higher, but the meeting is shrouded in uncertainty. In this week’s episode, we’ll discuss how American diplomacy towards North Korea has evolved through different administrations and the potential outcomes of the meeting. What incentives does each leader have, and what’s at stake for each...

Duration:00:58:59

Heather Grabbe and Charles Lichfield: Unraveling of the EU: The Populist Wave Gains Strength Across Europe

6/5/2018
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As populist governments across Europe sweep into power, the future of the European Union is all but certain. Italy's newly formed government joins Hungary's and Poland's in the flouting of Europe's traditional liberal democratic values. At the same time, they are also forming what some see as dangerous alliances with historic enemies such as Russia. Most unsettling to global markets is talk of the possibility that some will vote to abandon the Euro. Will Europe's biggest experiment since...

Duration:00:58:59

Restoring Dignity: The Case of the Rohingya

5/29/2018
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In what many are calling genocide, over half a million Rohingya, Myanmar’s dispossessed Muslim minority, have been driven from their homes since August of 2017. Most have flooded into Bangladesh in search of safety from brutal killings and sexual violence. The pace of new arrivals has made this the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world, potentially overwhelming the capacity of the inadvertent host government. Panelists, Muhammad Musa, Executive Director, BRAC, Aerlyn Pfeil, Board...

Duration:00:58:59

Dick Clark and Ray Rothrock: Building Digital Resilience: Planning For and Recovering From the Next Cyber Attack

5/22/2018
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Cybercrime and cyberwarfare are both on the rise. From businesses large and small to national governments, the question is not if they will experience a cyberattack, but when, how much damage will be done and how long the recovery process will be. In this week’s episode, we discuss the cybersecurity landscape and how businesses and governments can most effectively work together to mitigate risks. Joining World Affairs CEO Jane Wales are digital security experts Ray Rothrock, CEO of RedSeal...

Duration:00:58:59

Robert Malley: Fallout from the Iran Nuclear Deal and Untangling the Crisis in Yemen

5/14/2018
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On May 8, 2018, President Trump announced that the United States was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, dismantling Obama’s signature foreign policy agreement. Robert Malley, president and CEO of the International Crisis Group and one of the US negotiators who helped forge the deal in 2015, offers his insight into what Trump's withdrawal means for US-Middle East relations. Malley also zooms out on the region to discuss how complex conflicts like the war in Yemen and the Rohingya...

Duration:00:58:59

Joesph Coughlin and Andrew Scott: An Aging World: Why Longevity Matters in the 21st Century

5/8/2018
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Across the world, low birth rates coupled with increased life expectancies are creating myriad challenges for governments, businesses and individuals alike. This demographic shift is not only transforming economies, but the way we live our lives. In this week’s episode, we’ll consider why, and how, things like work environments, education systems, and the concept of "old age" itself need to be rethought to account for longer lifetimes. Joseph Coughlin, Founder and Director of MIT’s AgeLab...

Duration:00:58:59

Yascha Mounk: The Pendulum Swings Right: The Rise of Populism

5/1/2018
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During recent elections, we saw populist far-right parties gain momentum in Europe and the US. The message from leaders in this political movement was clear: mass migration is threatening economies as well as cultural values and the establishment is doing very little to serve and protect citizens. Is this the beginning of an era which will see the far-right gain more power? To what extent are individual rights and independent institutions under siege? Yascha Mounk, a lecturer on government...

Duration:00:58:59

Thomas Fingar: Understanding China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative

4/24/2018
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China is heavily investing in two global trade routes: a “21st Century Maritime Silk Road” stretching from Southern China across the Indian Ocean to connect Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Africa to the Mediterranean; and a land-based Silk Road Economic Belt connecting Western China to Europe via Central Asia. Establishing these transcontinental trade routes will likely cost over one trillion dollars and will cover 65% of the world's population. How likely is China to succeed in achieving...

Duration:00:58:59

Niall Ferguson: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook

4/17/2018
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Are we truly living in the first "Networked Age"? Niall Ferguson, Senior Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution, argues that social networks are nothing new, and actually have been fundamental in shaping history. With over 2 billion Facebook users, what lessons can be learned by examining social networks of the past? How can "new" networks create social change, impact businesses, and influence policy? Ferguson talks networks and power with Markos Kounalakis, visiting fellow at Stanford's...

Duration:00:58:59

Daniel Fried and Alina Polyakova: Responding to Russia's Intervention in Democracy

4/10/2018
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With so many forces undermining democratic institutions worldwide, we wanted a chance to take a step back and provide some perspective. Russian interference in elections here and in Europe, the rise in fake news and a decline in citizen trust worldwide all pose a danger. In this third of a three part series, we focus on Russia's assault on global democracy. Daniel Fried, former ambassador to Poland and distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council, and Alina Polyakova, David M. Rubenstein...

Duration:00:58:59

Fake News and Facebook: Distrust in the Media

4/3/2018
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With so many forces undermining democratic institutions worldwide, we wanted a chance to take a step back and provide some perspective. Russian interference in elections here and in Europe, the rise in fake news and a decline in citizen trust worldwide pose a danger. In this second of a three part series, we look at the role of social media and the ways in which it was exploited for the purpose of sowing distrust. Janine Zacharia, former Jerusalem bureau chief and Middle East correspondent...

Duration:00:58:54

Jennifer Kavanagh and Tom Nichols: The End of Authority

3/26/2018
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With so many forces undermining democratic institutions worldwide, we wanted a chance to take a step back and provide some perspective. Russian interference in elections here and in Europe, the rise in fake news and a decline in citizen trust worldwide all pose a danger. In this first of a three part series, we focus on the global erosion of trust. Jennifer Kavanagh, political scientist at the RAND Corporation and co-author of “Truth Decay”, and Tom Nichols, professor at the US Naval War...

Duration:00:58:59

Venezuela and the Global Hotspots to Watch in 2018

3/20/2018
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In our first segment, we look at critical areas of conflict around the world, and identify options world leaders have to address them. Rob Malley, CEO of the International Crisis Group, seeks to prevent global crises before they turn deadly, or to help resolve conflicts once they do. He is in conversation with Markos Kounalakis, Visiting Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution. In the second half, Guardian reporter Rory Carroll shares his perspective on how the once wealthy, oil-rich...

Duration:00:58:59

William Cohan and David Wessel: 10 Years Later: Lessons from the Collapse of Bear Stearns

3/13/2018
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This week marks the 10th anniversary of the collapse of Bear Stearns, the first of several large investment banks on Wall Street to fall in 2008. Its eventual sale at $10 a share to JP Morgan (down from $159 a year earlier) set off a spiraling loss of confidence that eventually led to the global financial crisis. Ten years later we unpack the forces that led to Bear Stearns’ downfall. What lessons have we learned and are we at risk of another global financial catastrophe? William Cohan,...

Duration:00:58:59

Greg Ip and Robert Reich: US Budget Priorities

3/6/2018
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With tax cuts, trade tariffs, and military spending grabbing headlines, the recently passed budget and its impact on American society – the wealthy, the poor, and everyone in-between – is President Trump's policy in action. Budgets are not just about dollars and cents, they're also about values, so what does Trump's 2018 budget say about the priorities of the White House, and what does it mean for America's future? Greg Ip, chief economics commentator for the Wall Street Journal, and...

Duration:00:58:59

Ambassador Dennis Ross: Closing Conflicts: Prospects for Negotiations in the Middle East

2/27/2018
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The Middle East has been a key focus of American foreign policy for the last three decades, and the events of 2017 ensure it will remain an area of focus. Between volatile proxy wars in Yemen and Syria, a declaration to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and new protests in Iran, entrenched conflicts transformed and created new flashpoints over the course of the year. As the lead negotiator for peace processes in the Middle East under Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton,...

Duration:00:58:59

Ali Noorani and Ray Suarez: The DACA Deadline and Immigration Reform

2/20/2018
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The immigration debate has roared to the front of Washington, D.C.’s and the country’s agenda. At stake is the fate of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, scheduled to expire on March 5th. That issue has been tied to increased border security, a possible wall on our southern border, the family reunification policy and a lower cap on refugee resettlement. As DACA hangs in the balance, what is the future for comprehensive immigration reform? Ali Noorani, Executive...

Duration:00:58:59

The Intangible Economy

2/13/2018
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Capital has changed and capitalism is changing as a result. For the first time in history, businesses are investing more in things you can neither see nor touch – so-called intangible capital – than in traditional physical assets like buildings, machines, computers or vehicles. Intangible capital, such as R&D, design, software, brands and organisational capabilities, have different economic properties from traditional assets. As a result, the rise of the intangible economy is changing the...

Duration:00:58:59

Responding to North Korea: South Korea’s Olympic Olive Branch and US Cyberwarfare Options

2/6/2018
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In a symbolic breakthrough, North and South Korean teams will march together under a single unified flag during opening ceremonies at the Winter Olympic Games. Does this rare show of unity signify a substantial thaw in diplomatic relations on the Korean Peninsula? How might this impact growing international tensions related to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program? Gi-Wook Shin, Director of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, and Kathleen Stephens, Former US Ambassador to South...

Duration:00:59:16