In this KNOW NOW episode, Ambassador (Ret.) Mary Carlin Yates, former U.S. Interim Charge d'Affairs to Sudan (2011-2012), was hosted by Derrick Olsen, President of WorldOregon, for a discussion on developing a U.S. re-engagement strategy with Sudan.
The 2014 Ebola epidemic in Liberia terrified the world—and revealed how unprepared we are for the next outbreak of an infectious disease. Somewhere in nature, a killer virus is boiling up in the bloodstream of a bird, bat, monkey, or pig, preparing to jump to a human being. This not-yet-detected germ has the potential to wipe out millions of lives over a matter of weeks or months. That risk makes the threat posed by ISIS, a ground war, a massive climate event, or even the dropping of a nuclear bomb on a major city pale in comparison.
In The End of Epidemics, Harvard Medical School faculty member and Chair of the Global Health Council Dr. Jonathan Quick examines the eradication of smallpox and devastating effects of influenza, AIDS, SARS, and Ebola. Analyzing local and global efforts to contain these diseases and citing firsthand accounts of failure and success, Dr. Quick proposes a new set of actions which he has coined “The Power of Seven,” to end epidemics before they can begin.
On Tuesday, Febrauary 13, Dr. Quick joined Bill Clifford, WACA President and CEO, for a discussion on this looming threat to humanity. Listen to the conversation now.
"These are no ordinary times. It will not be business as usual in a world of disarray; as a result, it cannot be foreign policy as usual," writes Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. His latest book, A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order is a timely examination of a world increasingly defined by disorder. In three parts, the book contemplates the history of world order from the rise of the modern state system to the end of the Cold War; accounts for the momentous shifts in the last quarter century to shed light on the current state of affairs, and outlines specific steps to tackle the many challenges ahead. Listen to the exclusive WACA January Cover to Cover session with Haass.
In this KNOW NOW episode, Dr. Gamal Gasim, professor of Middle East Studies at Grand Valley State University, was hosted by Michael Van Denend, Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, to discuss Yemen's political future, the deteriorating humanitarian crisis amid the country's civil war, and the prospects for an internationally brokered ceasefire.
Haroon K. Ullah on “Digital World War: Islamists, Extremists, and the Fight for Cyber Supremacy”: Cover to Cover Author Series
In this KNOW NOW podcast episode, Dr. Richard Wike, Director of Global Attitudes Research at Pew Research Center, discusses studies on the resililence of democracy as well as the U.S. global image during the Trump administration.
Meghan L. O’Sullivan on “Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America’s Power”: Cover to Cover Author Series
In Windfall, Meghan L. O’Sullivan, Harvard professor and former Deputy National Security Advisor for President George W. Bush, proposes that significant changes in the last decade of America’s energy sector—the shift from scarcity to abundance of oil and gas, environmental concerns, technology, and innovation and ingenuity within the industry—are transforming politics and foreign policy to the advantage of the United States. Her book calls for a change in the thinking of policymakers, government leaders and elected officials to a new energy reality that has more upsides than downsides for America’s economy and its position in the world.
Richard McGregor on “Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century”: Cover to Cover Author Series
In this KNOW NOW podcast episode, Ronald Neumann, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, discusses President Trump's decision to increase troop numbers in Afghanistan and what this means for the future of U.S. presence in the region.