World Affairs

World Affairs

Understanding the Leadership of Kim Jong Un

Since becoming the supreme leader of North Korea in 2011, Kim Jong Un has solidified his power base at home, clearing...

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The Power of Protest

Around the world protests have proliferated in recent years, increasing in both intensity and frequency. Many...

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The Remains of ISIS

While the Islamic State no longer has any territory in the Middle East, its ability to recruit soldiers and engage in...

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A Technological Brave New World

Rapid, sweeping changes in modern life are imposing new challenges upon society — but are also creating new...

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Cooler Heads in Crisis: Why American Diplomacy Matters Today

What role can diplomacy play in an era of global authoritarianism, nationalism, and populism? Ambassador William...

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Rebuilding the Social Contract, Part 3: Policy and Polity

While globalization has lifted millions out of poverty, the geopolitical forces that drove it have largely left the...

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Rebuilding the Social Contract, Part 2: Corporate Interests: Shareholder or Stakeholder?

While globalization has lifted millions out of poverty, the geopolitical forces that drove it have largely left the...

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Rebuilding the Social Contract, Part 1: We, the People

While globalization has lifted millions out of poverty, the geopolitical forces that drove it have largely left the...

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Rebuilding the Social Contract: Series Tease

There is a wide consensus in liberal democracies around the world that the social contract is broken. How do we fix...

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Putin's World: Russia’s Return to the World Stage

Over the last decade, Russia has re-emerged as a powerful global player. In this week’s episode, we’re considering...

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Left Behind: US Foreign Policy & Middle America’s Middle Class

While the US foreign policy establishment is heavily influenced by views from the coastal middle class, the...

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Life on the Border: Mitigating a Legacy of Immigration Policy Failure

At the southern border, the rhetoric and emotion surrounding the issue of immigration have stood in the way of...

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280 Characters or Less: Leadership and Governance in the Age of Social Media

Globally, social media is playing an increasingly important role in politics. Not only does it determine our...

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We Want to Negotiate: The Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages and Ransom

While some nations are willing to pay ransom to terrorists in order to free hostages, the US and Britain do not...

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Shoshana Zuboff: Surveillance Capitalism: How Silicon Valley Profits from Tracking Us

In the modern age of Facebook, Google, and smart devices, most of us are under 24-hour surveillance. These data...

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Susan Lund and Laura Tyson: Globalization in Transition: High-Skilled Labor is Now the Holy Grail

While trade wars have been dominating headlines, globalization’s impact on labor has gone largely unnoticed. Global...

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Anna Grzymala-Busse and Jason Wittenberg: The End of the Current World Order: Eroding Democracies and Rising Nationalism

In recent years, Hungary and Poland have become havens for alt-right movements that target human rights groups,...

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Richard Baldwin: Globalization and Robotics: Will AI Cripple the Global Workforce?

By 2030, up to 800 million global workers may lose their jobs to automation. Technological advancement in an...

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Steven Cook: Mohammad Bin Salman's Controversial Leadership: Reassessing the US-Saudi Relationship

Despite decades of autocratic rule, Saudi Arabia has historically been a close ally to the US. This has been...

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Judy Dempsey and Stéphane Gerson: France’s Yellow Vests and the Future of Europe

The three-month-old yellow vest movement in France is the largest protest the country has seen in decades. While...

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