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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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2601 Mariposa Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415 864 2000


Episodes

Orville Schell and Philip W. Yun: The Threat of a Nuclear North Korea

8/29/2017
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The current crisis between the US and North Korea has escalated with both sides firing off heated exchanges following North Korea’s missile tests and threats extending as far as Guam. While North Korea has tested missiles in the past, the US is on alert as Kim Jong-un accelerates the drive for nuclear capabilities which could bolster the survival of his regime. President Trump is now faced with his biggest challenge since coming into office, and it is one which is alarming from both a...

Duration: 01:07:36


US, Iran, Saudi Arabia: A New Diplomatic Calculus?

8/4/2017
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President Trump’s first visit to the Middle East demonstrated a notable shift in US policy toward the region. In a marked departure from the policies of the Obama administration, the president not only embraced the Sunni Arab states, but signed a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, and stated that he will not lecture the Kingdom or other Arab autocracies on human rights issues. He also initiated a review of the Iranian nuclear deal, gave greater military emphasis to US actions in the...

Duration: 00:59:00


Arlie Hochschild: Strangers in their Own Land: Living in "Red" America Today

8/1/2017
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What drives voters to the election booth? Dr. Arlie Hochschild, UC Berkeley sociologist and author of New York Times best seller “Strangers in their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right,” embarked on a journey to the Deep South to explore this very question. What she found were lives damaged by lost jobs, poor wages and an elusive American dream. As she connected and became friends with the people she met, she was surprised to discover that their values mirrored the liberal...

Duration: 00:58:59


The US and China: Destined for Conflict? A Conversation with Graham Allison

7/17/2017
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What can the rise of Japan and Germany in the last century - or the rise of Athens 2,000 years earlier - tell us about the risks facing the US and China today? Is a US-China war inevitable? Graham Allison, among the most astute geostrategic observers of his generation, terms this “Thucydides’s Trap.” He takes us back to the Peloponnesian war to remind us of the timeless insights of the historian Thucydides: When a rising power rivals a ruling power, danger is near. In fact, in 12 of the...

Duration: 00:59:00


Jack Shenker: Uprising in Egypt: The People's Fight for Freedom

7/12/2017
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In 2011, Cairo's Tahrir Square commanded the attention of the world as the Egyptian people demanded their freedom. At the time, President Barack Obama famously declared: “Egyptians have inspired us, they have changed the world.” But, half a decade later, is this the whole story? The Arab World's most populous nation remains as volatile as ever and thoroughly enmeshed with a broader moment of political turbulence that is unfolding across the globe. In his new book, "The Egyptians: A...

Duration: 00:58:59


Daniel Franklin: Technology and the Future: A Vision of Our Lives in 2050

7/6/2017
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Our lives in 2050 will be vastly different than today. Rapidly advancing technology is changing everything from food production to health care, energy output, manufacturing and the military balance. Innovations already in development include brain-computer interfaces, vat-grown cruelty-free meat, knitted cars and guided bullets among many others. Technology which once seemed like science fiction is now reality - and even old news - where can we possibly go from here? The Executive Editor...

Duration: 00:58:59


UK Elections: Earning a Stronger Place at the Table?

6/27/2017
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In April – shortly after triggering article 50 of the Lisbon treaty which started the process of withdrawing from the European Union – British Prime Minister Theresa May called for a snap general election to be held in June. There is no turning back on Brexit, but a strong win by the Conservative Party would give May a stronger mandate in executing it as she sees fit. May hopes to increase her majority in Parliament as she strives to negotiate a good deal for Britain, and local election...

Duration: 00:58:59


Fake News: A Real Problem?

6/15/2017
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According to recent studies by Pew Research, consumers are now just as likely to get their news from social media as from traditional news websites. And while some Americans are confident in their abilities to detect "fake news," two-thirds feel some confusion about navigating the facts in current issues and events. What obligations do government and media have to filter fake news, and what steps have already been taken to prevent these stories from gaining undue attention? What is the...

Duration: 00:58:59


Gideon Rachman: Asia's Rise and America's Decline: From Obama to Trump and Beyond

6/6/2017
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Is American influence in Asia and around the world set to decline? In the years following the global financial crisis, the US has increasing ceded its leadership in the world, while China has rushed in to fill the gap left behind. Based on the inward-looking economic nationalism of the Trump administration, some say this trend is poised to accelerate. Gideon Rachman, chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times, terms this phenomenon “Easternization” - the tectonic shift of the...

Duration: 00:58:59


US Development Aid: What Does the Future Hold?

5/31/2017
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In November, the international community watched as Americans elected Donald Trump the next President, leaving many with unanswered questions about what lies ahead for international development. The United States government is currently the biggest foreign aid donor in the world. Washington’s actions also influence how much other governments contribute to global efforts to eliminate poverty, reduce hunger, empower women and local actors, and increase access to education and...

Duration: 00:58:59


Edward Alden: Failure to Adjust: Americans Left Behind in the Global Economy

5/23/2017
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The US Presidential elections were a wake-up call to many that millions of Americans are angry and want drastic change. While our new global economy has benefited many, they feel that they have been left behind – losing their livelihoods and income to companies abroad. As a nation, we need to do something about these issues, although Trump’s promises and actions to pull out of international trade deals may not be the only or best solution. The problem, according to Council on Foreign...

Duration: 00:58:59


The Big Stick: A Conversation with Dr. Eliot Cohen about the Use of Force

5/18/2017
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Theodore Roosevelt once famously said, "Speak softly and carry a big stick," in reference to his stance on foreign policy. Today, many Americans - wary of waging another war and maintaining a military presence abroad - question this approach. But given the threats posed in today’s increasingly dangerous and nuclearized world, can the US afford to shy away from hard power? Can diplomacy be divorced from military power? Would deploying forces and strengthening our naval or military presence...

Duration: 00:58:59


North Korea: On the Verge?

5/9/2017
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North Korea has threatened the United States with a “merciless” nuclear attack. While not a new threat, they may soon be capable of actually making good on that promise. North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, has recently been pushing to develop a missile capable of hitting the US, as witnessed by a series of tests. The likely target? California. Meanwhile, escalating military tensions in the region have further isolated the nation both politically and economically, setting the stage for...

Duration: 00:58:59


US-Russia Relations: Illusions vs. Reality

5/1/2017
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Tension in US-Russia relations is at its highest level since the end of the Cold War. Russia’s 2012 invasion of Ukraine and Putin’s military intervention in support of the Assad regime in Syria — along with the unprecedented Russian interference in the 2016 US election — have fanned these flames. President Trump insists that he will prioritize healing the relationship and that Moscow can be an important partner in the fight against terrorism and other issues. However the recent use of...

Duration: 00:58:59


Energy Policy and Trump: Hope for California and Our Planet?

4/25/2017
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The United States is a leader in environmental policy, with California at the forefront as a global hub for clean energy technology and investments. With Trump as President, many environmentalists fear this will change. Trump has vowed to bring back coal jobs, withdraw from the Paris Agreement, and reduce clean energy spending — not to mention calling climate change a “hoax” and selecting climate change deniers to head the EPA and Energy Department. Californian officials and other...

Duration: 00:58:59


The Battle for Aleppo: Achieving Accountability for Syrian War Crimes

4/11/2017
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The Syrian war has left an estimated 470,000 dead, with 4.8 million international refugees and 6.6 million people internally displaced. As peace efforts falter, the world cries out for the respect of human rights and international humanitarian law, seeking accountability for their infringement. Recent attention has focused on the siege of Aleppo, where intense aerial bombardment by Syrian and Russian forces destroyed all medical care infrastructure, wiped out marketplaces and bakeries and...

Duration: 00:58:59


President Trump and the Future of US—Asia Relations: A View from the West Coast

4/4/2017
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Join Asia Society, The Asia Foundation, Commonwealth Club, and World Affairs for a unique dialogue featuring the leaders of four of the Bay Area’s most prestigious public affairs and non-profit organizations, who will look at the presidency of Donald J. Trump and what it will mean for America’s relationship with Asia and the world. Held within the first 100 days of the Trump Administration, the dialogue will examine more closely a persistent divide between California and the Bay Area, and...

Duration: 00:58:59


Intelligence Wars: A Discussion with General Michael Hayden

3/29/2017
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General Michael Hayden is the only person ever to lead both the CIA and NSA. For 10 years, he was a key player in some of the most important events in the history of American national security. Now, at a time of ominous new threats and political change, General Hayden will share an insider’s perspective of America's intelligence wars. What role did US intelligence play in the wake of terrorist threats, a major war and the technological revolution? What was the transformation of the NSA...

Duration: 00:58:59


President Trump and Executive Power

3/23/2017
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In the first months of the new administration, multiple questions have arisen about President Donald Trump’s approach to executive power. Join us for a discussion that will focus on the White House’s policy on immigration. We will discuss the law and policy of the executive order suspending immigration from seven majority Muslim nations under the Immigration and Naturalization Act and the US Constitution. Does the president have the authority to build a wall along the US-Mexico border and...

Duration: 00:58:59


Kevin Rudd: Asia’s Rise in a Year of Uncertainty

3/14/2017
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Join Asia Society Northern California and World Affairs for a dialogue with The Honorable Kevin Rudd, President of the Asia Society Policy Institute and former Prime Minister of Australia, who will look at some of the critical issues facing the Asia-Pacific region today and the challenges likely to emerge in the coming years. While Asia is home to some of the world’s fastest growing economies and a young, dynamic population, the region is also confronted with a number of issues that...

Duration: 00:58:59

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