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International Speaker Series
Fri, 05/06/2011

Vandana Shiva - Soil Not Oil: Climate Change, Peak Oil, and Food Justice

One of India’s leading physicists, Dr. Vandana Shiva is also a prolific author, world-renowned environmental activist, and eco-feminist whose work focuses on the fundamental connection between human rights and protection of the natural world. Watch Video ››

Great Decisions
Fri, 03/04/2011

GD1108 - Germany Ascendant - Peter Rothen

Germany has emerged from both the financial crisis and the eurozone crisis as the dominant economic and political power in Europe, in particular setting the tone for dealings with Russia, Eastern Europe and Iran. Watch Video ››

Great Decisions
Fri, 02/25/2011

GD1107 - The Caucasus - Scott Radnitz

The countries and regions of the Caucasus all have strong national identities but have long lived in the shadow of their larger neighbors: Russia, Iran and Turkey. How does this influence the Caucasus of today? How do the region's energy resources play into its relations with the outside world? Watch Video ››

Great Decisions
Fri, 02/18/2011

GD1106 - Financial Crisis - Eric Tymoigne

As an immediate response to the financial crisis of 2007–08, governments around the world stepped in to bail out troubled private banks deemed “too big to fail,” underscoring the interdependence between private and public finances. Watch Video ››

Great Decisions
Fri, 02/11/2011

GD1105 - National Security - Ronald Tammen

U.S. national security priorities were expanded after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to include waging war in Iraq and Afghanistan, tightening border security, pursuing cyberthreats, halting nuclear proliferation and attempting to snuff out homegrown terrorism. Watch Video ››

Headline and Cultural Forums
Fri, 02/11/2011

Susan Rice - Facing 21st Century Threats

Great Decisions
Fri, 02/04/2011

GD1104 - Global Governance - David Kinsella

International cooperation subjects political leaders to an ongoing test: balancing national needs with a commitment to building a durable international order. What economic, social, political and security concerns are currently on the agendas of intergovernmental bodies, and what is the future U.S. role? Watch Video ››

Great Decisions
Fri, 01/28/2011

GD 1103 - Horn of Africa - Peter Bechtold

Since the early 1990s, the U.S. has monitored the Horn of Africa due to security concerns. Internal instability, weak governments in some countries, regional rivalries and a lack of development have resulted in an environment conducive to terrorism. Can the U.S. protect its national interests while mitigating the dangerous conditions in the region? Watch Video ››

Great Decisions
Fri, 01/21/2011

GD1102 - Sanctions and Nonproliferation - Montgomery-Amo

Sanctions have been created to curb nations in violation of international law, especially agreements concerning nuclear nonproliferation. How successfully have sanctions been applied against past violators? Is there any chance sanctions can curtail North Korea and Iran from continuing to develop nuclear weapons? Watch Video ››

Great Decisions
Fri, 01/14/2011

GD1101 - Rebuilding Haiti - Phil Oldham

The January 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti struck a country already suffering from widespread poverty and underdevelopment. Did this natural disaster inadvertently provide an opportunity for reassessment and planning a new Haiti? Will the results of the 2010 presidential elections provide the leadership bring to restore the country? Watch Video ››