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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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2601 Mariposa Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415 864 2000


Episodes

Fixing American Foreign Policy: A Conversation with Ambassador Samantha Power

11/16/2017
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Less than a year into the new Trump administration, the US appears to be shifting away from key, longstanding foreign policies as well as from established allies. The president’s recent speeches to NATO members and at the G20 signal a departure from previous administrations on myriad issues, including human rights, climate change, and resolving civil conflicts. These global challenges often require leadership and collective action by major actors in the international community, yet the US is...

Duration: 00:58:59


James Stavridis and Sebastian Junger: The Frontlines of War

11/7/2017
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This week’s episode will feature two unique perspectives from the frontlines of international war. In the first half of the show, you’ll hear from Retired US Admiral James Stavridis. Admiral Stavridis was the Supreme Allied Commander for NATO from 2009 to 2013, and he led NATO’s Operation Unified Protector during the 2011 military intervention in Libya. In this talk, Stavridis discusses the US' role in a complex, quickly shifting international landscape. And now to the second half of our...

Duration: 01:04:34


GPF17: Race, Justice and Legitimacy in America

10/23/2017
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Equal access to justice and equal protection under the law are critical elements of our liberal democracy. Yet, in practice, in the US young men of color are more likely than their white counterparts to be picked up for, locked up for, and prosecuted for suspected criminal offenses. If they cannot gain pre-trial release, these young men remain in jail while awaiting prosecution. The jury is more likely to find these men guilty, and the prosecutor is more likely to ask for a stiff sentence,...

Duration: 00:59:00


Nicole Perlroth: The Cyberthreat

10/16/2017
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In 2012, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned that the United States was facing the possibility of a "cyber" Pearl Harbor and was increasingly vulnerable to foreign computer hackers who could dismantle the nation's power grid, transportation system, financial networks and government. Since then, we have seen Iran attack US financial institutions and gain control of a New York dam. ISIS has released a kill list complete with stolen US federal employee information. Russia has attacked our...

Duration: 00:59:00


GPF17: Trust, Justice and the Conflict Continuum

10/10/2017
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If pluralism is essential to free and functioning societies, it is also the sine qua non of liberal democracy, and essential to the legitimacy – and sustainability – of the state. But when states fail to meet the needs of their citizens and collapse into violent conflict, what is the role of the international community and global civil society? Where does responsibility lie? We will explore interventions along the conflict continuum as well as global norms that assign responsibility. Will...

Duration: 00:59:00


Trita Parsi: Inside the Iran Agreement: The Art of the Deal

10/6/2017
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President Trump once pledged to “tear up” the Iran nuclear agreement. Now, the world watches to see the fate of an agreement considered by some to be a pivotal victory in American foreign policy, and by others as a mistake. Trita Parsi, the preeminent Middle East foreign policy expert who advised the Obama White House throughout the Iran talks, takes us behind the scenes to examine the negotiations. Was a better deal to be had in 2015? What have been the benefits gained, or disasters...

Duration: 00:58:59


GPF17: Jim Yong Kim and Luis Alberto Moreno in Conversation

10/3/2017
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Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group, in conversation with Jane Wales, Founder, Global Philanthropy Forum. Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank. For more information about this event: https://www.philanthropyforum.org/conference/gpf-2017/agenda/

Duration: 00:58:59


Life as a Refugee - South Sudan in Focus

9/29/2017
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Imagine if you had no choice but to flee your country. Where would you go? How would you cope? What would you need to rebuild your life in exile? These are the questions that three million South Sudanese have had to ask themselves in the face an unrelenting civil war, famine, violence and persecution. And as conflicts across the globe have forced millions to flee their homes, the international debate on refugee policy rages on. How does South Sudan fit into this broader narrative, and what...

Duration: 00:58:59


Vladimir Ashurkov: Russia’s Opposition Politics: Alexei Navalny for President

9/26/2017
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In 2018, Russia will hold its presidential election, and few are likely to oppose the current president, Vladimir Putin. One of the potential challengers gaining momentum is Alexei Navalny, a central figure in the pro-democracy movement. Since 2011, this small but passionate opposition group has captured the attention of many disaffected Russians angered by corruption, economic disparity and the restriction of civil liberties. What can Russia's pro-democracy movement do to break through a...

Duration: 00:59:00


Rick Wartzman: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs: Prospects for the American Dream?

9/22/2017
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The American dream used to be founded on the goal of finding a good, stable job to spend the majority of one’s career — but this is no longer the norm. Over the last seventy years, the standard employer-employee relationship has drastically changed. Companies no longer offer the same level of job security, regular pay increases, guaranteed pensions, robust health benefits and other social benefits as they did in the past. This shift in the corporate social contract has taken a toll on...

Duration: 00:58:59


GPF17: Building the Capacity for Trust: The Child

9/20/2017
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The first five years of a child’s life are a period of intense creativity, invention and growth. During this period, children rely on those around them to provide for their physical, cognitive and socio-emotional development needs to ensure their capacity to trust and become resilient adults. Distressingly, nearly 200 million children globally may not reach their developmental potential due to the effects of unhealthy environment and paucity of educational opportunities. Many of these...

Duration: 00:58:59


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

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