Madiha Afzal on “Pakistan Under Siege: Extremism, Society, and the State”

April 22, 2018

Much of the current work on extremism in Pakistan tends to study extremist trends in the country from a detached position, a top-down security perspective, that renders a one-dimensional picture of what is at its heart a complex, richly textured country of 200 million people. In Pakistan Under Siege: Extremism, Society, and the State, using rigorous analysis of survey data, in-depth interviews in schools and universities in Pakistan, historical narrative reporting, and her own intuitive understanding of the country, Madiha Afzal gives the full picture of Pakistan’s relationship with extremism.

Listen to the April Cover to Cover call on Afzal's book now.


Chuck Freilich on “Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change”

March 5, 2018

Israel has long confronted a uniquely hostile and harsh strategic environment, which bears little comparison to that of any other state in modern history. Chuck Freilich's book, Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change, is the most comprehensive study to date of Israel's national security strategy and provides a critical analysis of the major national security dilemmas Israel faces today and recommendations for policy changes.

Listen to the March edition of Cover to Cover, as Freilich joins WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford to discuss this new publication.


Ambassador Mary Carlin Yates on A New U.S. Strategy for Re-Engagement with Sudan

February 23, 2018

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. 


Dr. Jonathan Quick on “The End of Epidemics: The Looming Threat to Humanity and How to Stop It”

February 15, 2018

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.


Richard N. Haass on “A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order”

January 12, 2018

"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.


Dr. Gamal Gasim on Yemen: KNOW NOW Conference Call Series

December 20, 2017

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

December 15, 2017
In Digital World War, seasoned diplomat Haroon Ullah, with deep knowledge of Islamist politics and digital innovation, investigates the unprecedented impact of social media on the discourse of recent events in the Muslim World -- from the Arab Spring and its aftermath to ISIS's online recruitment. In this Cover to Cover episode, Ullah discusses the roles of social media in these events and the use of the dark web, hacking, and digital attacks, revealing how political parties, corporations, and governments have learned to exploit digital tools to target and mobilize audiences, to ultimately achieve power and status. This episode was hosted by Jim Falk, President and CEO of World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.

Pew Research’s Dr. Wike on the Resilience of Democracy: KNOW NOW Conference Call Series

October 30, 2017

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

October 6, 2017

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

September 11, 2017
Geopolitical cracks are widening in East Asia, a region that has flourished under an American security umbrella for more than half a century. The historic rivalry between China and Japan is threatening to upend the peace that has held since World War II. With unrivaled access to archives in the U.S. and Asia, and to many of the major players in all three countries, Richard McGregor has written a tale which blends the tectonic shifts in diplomacy with the domestic political trends and personalities driving them. In this Cover to Cover episode, McGregor discusses U.S. power and the fate of the Pacific arena.