November 17, 2005 – THE SECRET WORLD OF GLOBAL EAVESDROPPING
Patrick Radden Keefe moderates a panel discussion with John Young on the effectiveness of military and intelligence satellites and American “listening stations” and other kinds of communications intelligence.
November 14, 2005 – AMERICA’S NATIONAL SECURITY AT RISK: AN INTEGRATED POWER DOCTRINE
Sherle Schwenninger moderates a panel discussion with Lawrence Korb and Robert Boorstin on the recent Center for American progress report which argues that the United States must rebuild alliances with nations and lead the effort to modernize international institutions because they increase U.S. power, influence, and credibility.
Eric Alterman talks with Victor Navasky on his recent celebrated book, A matter of Opinion, and about the politics of opinion formation in national and international affairs.
Edith Mirante reads from “Down the Rat Hole”, her new memoir of her journeys among the brave indigenous peoples of some of Asia’s most remote and violent regions. Tom Lansner engages Ms. Mirante in a discussion about the issues raised in her book.
November 3, 2005 – THE FUTURE OF SECULAR EUROPE
Mira Kamdar moderates a panel discussion with Willem Maas, Mark Mazower and Talal Asad on what defines Europe and how it will accommodate the irruption of religion into the secular space of its carefully elaborated public sphere.
October 27, 2005 – RE-DEFINING SECURITY IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE KATRINA
Anita Dancs, Miriam Pemberton and William D. Hartung discuss the potential for re-defining security to include protection against all major threats to the lives of American citizens and our allies, ranging from terrorist threats to natural disasters to epidemics of deadly diseases including key security questions raised by Hurricane Katrina.
October 20, 2005 – IRAN: A CONVERSATION WITH MANSOUR FARHANG
Sherle Schwenninger interviews Mansour Farhang to discuss foreign policy goals of the recently elected government in Iran and how Washington should deal with Iran and its new government in the future.
October 6, 2005 – THE UN'S WORLD SUMMIT: WILL IT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE?
Martin Walker moderates a panel discussion with Shashi Tharoor and Colum Lynch on reform within and future of the UN.
September 29, 2005 – BUSH'S SECOND TERM: THE SAME OLD FOREIGN POLICY?
The Bush Administration began its second term with hints of a more pragmatic turn on international affairs. The new Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, delivered an address early on in France suggesting that the US was open once again to working with other countries, especially European ones. At the United Nations, Washington allowed the International Criminal Court, which the administration had previously denounced, to take responsibility for dealing with human rights violators in Darfur. There were signals, too, that the US would soon begin to pull its troops out of Iraq, negotiate with North Korea and follow the European lead on Iran. However, at the same time, President Bush sent an anti-UN activist, John Bolton, as a recess appointment to represent America at the UN. Members of the Bush Administration also hinted that the US might not withdraw from Iraq possibly for years, that America could still intervene in both North Korea and Iran, and that Washington³s opposition to global warming, test ban treaty, and International Criminal Court was not changing. Stephen Schlesinger moderates a panel discussion with Dr. Morton Halperin and James Hoge Jr. on the Bush policy.
September 26, 2005 – THE ROLE OF THE UNITED STATES IN A CHANGING LATIN AMERICA
Recent developments in Latin America are shifting the dynamic between the United States and its southern neighbors. Lissa Weinmann moderates a panel discussion with Carl E. Meacham, Ambassador Hector Timerman, Marifeli Perez-Stable and Geoff Thale on whether the new Latin American Consensus is replacing the Washington Consensus.
April 28, 2005 – THE UNITED NATIONS AT AGE 60: CAN IT SURVIVE?
Stephen Schlesinger moderates a panel discussion with Edward Luck and James Traub on the future of the United Nations on its 60th anniversary and whether it will survive in these current travails.
April 14, 2005 – CAN CHINA AND JAPAN AVOID CONFRONTATION?
James Nolt moderates a panel discussion with James Hsiung and Peter Ennis on how old conflicts continue to irritate relations between the 2 Asian giants even as commerce between China and Japan flourishes.
April 7, 2005 – AFRICA‘S GOVERNANCE GAP
Todd Lester moderates a panel discussion on the impact of tribalism, ethnicity and religion on the attempts at Western-style nation building and the development of democracy in the continent with Kwame Akonor and Elke Zuern.
April 4, 2005 – CAN MOROCCO DEMOCRATIZE?
Marvine Hower gives a preview of her book, “Morocco: The Islamist Awakening and Other Challenges”, where she looks at Morocco in the new century under a new monarch and asks, “can an ancient Muslim kingdom embrace Western democracy in an era of deepening divisions between the Islamic World and the West?”
March 30, 2005 – RECONCILIATION BETWEEN TURKEY AND ARMENIA: IS IT POSSIBLE?
David Phillips talks about his book, “Unsilencing The Past” discussing the difficulties of trying to bring the two countries together to resolve their differences over what really happened in the Armenian genocide; and what steps the Turks can take to repair the damaged ties.
March 24, 2005 – TRANS-NATIONAL CRIME, MONEY LAUDERING AND PIRATE
Sherle Schwenninger moderates a panel discussion with James Henry and Robert Levinson to discuss the results of their first-hand investigations into money laundering, drug trafficking, corruption and other growing sectors of this hidden and increasingly dangerous conspiracy that threatens the security of democratic states.
March 17, 2005 – A LEFT TURN IN LATIN AMERICA
Silvana Paternostro moderates a panel discussion with Julia Preston and Daniel Kurtz-Phelan on the apparent resurgence of the Latin American left and what the next generation of the Latin American left plans to do with its power.
March 10, 2005 – PUTIN'S RUSSIA ¦ THE HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD
Nina Khrushcheva moderates a panel on the range of perspectives to determine the state of human rights in Russia today and how current policies will shape future developments of individual rights with Mary Holland, Diederik Lohman, Alexander Lupis and Andrew Nagorski.
March 1, 2005 – NUCLEAR TERRORISM: IS AMERICA SAFER?
Viewing and discussion of "Nuclear Terrorism: Is America Safer", a documentary that investigates what has and has not been accomplished to defend this country from the threat of nuclear terrorism by Tom Selinkski.
February 24, 2005 – FINDING AN EXIT FROM IRAQ
Ian Bremmer moderates a panel discussion with Ambassador Richard Murphy and Crispin Hawes to discuss how America can disentangle itself without leaving the new Iraqi government dangling and exposed.
February 10, 2005 – SUPERPOWERDOM AND ITS LIMITS
Stephen Schlesinger moderates a panel discussion with Kenneth Roth and George Packer to address the question of what has constituted Washington's most effective anti-terrorism policy.