Government & NGOs, Society & Culture
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Joseph Nye asks: If the United States starts out the 20th century as a second-tier power and it ends up the 20th century as the world's only superpower, did it matter who was president? Would it all have occurred or turned out the same way anyway, or did individual leaders make a big difference?
[LESS INFO] 0 VIEWS | ADDED 15:01:49 06/17/13
The recent revelations that the NSA is collecting cell phone and Internet data from millions of Americans has left many asking questions. Is this action necessary for America's national security? Should concerns about consumers' rights to privacy be considered?
[LESS INFO] 2 VIEWS | ADDED 18:11:22 06/14/13
While domestic injustices and the information revolution were key factors, Dr. Telhami argues it's impossible to understand the Arab uprisings without also referring to foreign policy. The dignity that they sought to restore in these uprisings was not only about their relationship with the rulers, but was about their relationship with the rest of the world.
[LESS INFO] 0 VIEWS | ADDED 15:24:08 06/13/13
Columbia professor Andrew Nathan says that although many human rights-related values are shared across cultures, there are still some important areas of disagreement—religion, the role of women, and political freedom.
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We have been guilty of overreaching abroad and underachieving at home, says Richard Haass, and these sins are really two sides of the national security coin. After all, our capacity to act abroad is obviously directly limited and affected by the capacities we have created here at home, whether the capacities are military or economic or human.
[LESS INFO] 1 VIEWS | ADDED 21:12:50 06/10/13
In the post-9/11 world, the job of being the senior legal authority for the Department of Defense is the perfect storm collision of law, national security, and politics, says Jeh Johnson. He describes 13-14-hour days working on such thorny issues as Don't Ask Don't Tell, Guantanamo, and weightiest of
[LESS INFO] 1 VIEWS | ADDED 14:02:13 06/10/13
Secret recordings have been a headache for some high-profile politicians. Many question the morality of the practice, especially when the media gets involved. Do public officials have a right to privacy? Is the value of these recordings too important to ignore?
[LESS INFO] 1 VIEWS | ADDED 20:41:13 06/03/13
It's not always easy to do the right thing. Had I had children, had I been 10 years older, I wouldn't have done it. In a candid talk, Carne Ross describes how he struggled with his conscience for years before leaving the British Foreign Service because of the Iraq War, and what he learned from this experience.
[LESS INFO] 0 VIEWS | ADDED 14:11:42 06/03/13
With U.S. companies losing billions of dollars to intellectual property theft, mostly to China, some are suggesting that corporations fight back. Can the government do more? Is threat based deterrence from the private sector the answer?
[LESS INFO] 0 VIEWS | ADDED 20:21:58 05/30/13
I want to see a moral and spiritual awakening, and I think it absolutely has to be interfaith. That's a real frontier, moral and spiritual frontier, for humanity.
[LESS INFO] 1 VIEWS | ADDED 14:03:23 05/29/13
[LESS INFO] 3 VIEWS | ADDED 15:34:00 05/28/13
A proposed EU ban on the use of dipping bowls and refillable glass bottles of olive oil in restaurants has people asking questions. Is this more useless meddling from the EU bureaucracy? Could the ban help struggling olive oil-producing states? Is there more to this story?
[LESS INFO] 10 VIEWS | ADDED 19:48:50 05/22/13
Princeton economist Alan Blinder argues that economic progress and democracy go hand in hand.
[LESS INFO] 2 VIEWS | ADDED 18:52:57 05/22/13
In this in-depth, erudite talk, George Weigel discusses the historic shift taking place in the Catholic church; the character of the new mode of Catholicism that is coming into being; his personal impressions of the new pope; and the flourishing church in Africa.
[LESS INFO] 0 VIEWS | ADDED 14:06:10 05/20/13
A fight on Mt. Everest between Nepalese Sherpas and European climbers has again raised questions about tourism and the world's tallest mountain. Should the Sherpas, who live and work on the mountain, control access to the peak? Should the tourists have any say?
[LESS INFO] 0 VIEWS | ADDED 16:03:53 05/13/13
Food for Peace, which ships American farm products to developing nations, has long been criticized for crowding out local agriculture. Now, to the dismay of the U.S. farming and shipping industries, President Obama is proposing sending nations cash grants. Is Cash for Peace a better idea?