Rick Barton on “Peace Works: America’s Unifying Role in a Turbulent World”

June 18, 2018

Bosnia, Rwanda, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria - a quarter-century of stumbles in America's pursuit of a more peaceful and just world. American military interventions have cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, yet we rarely manage to enact positive and sustainable change. In Peace Works: America's Unifying Role in a Turbulent World, ambassador and global conflict leader Rick Barton uses a mix of stories, history, and analysis for a transformative approach to foreign affairs and offers concrete and attainable solutions for the future.

Listen to the June conference call now.

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Inside Gaza on KNOW NOW with Yousef Bashir

June 4, 2018

The Israel-Palestine conflict has reached yet another inflection point.

What's next for this protracted conflict? Is hope lost for a peaceful resolution? Is there an end in sight?

Listen to our May KNOW NOW program with Yousef Bashir, Gaza-born peace activist and author of the forthcoming book, The Words of My Father, to gain insight on these complex questions.

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Michael McFaul on “From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia”

May 21, 2018

In 2008, when Michael McFaul was asked to leave his perch at Stanford and join an unlikely presidential campaign, he had no idea that he would find himself at the beating heart of one of today’s most contentious and consequential international relationships. As President Barack Obama’s adviser on Russian affairs, McFaul helped craft the United States’ policy known as “reset” that fostered unprecedented collaboration between the two countries. Then, as U.S. Ambassador to Russia (2012-2014), he had a front-row seat when this fleeting, hopeful moment crumbled with Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency.

 

From Cold War to Hot Peace is a riveting inside account combines history and memoir to tell the full story of U.S.-Russia relations from the fall of the Soviet Union to the new rise of the hostile, paranoid Russian president.

Listen to the May Cover to Cover with McFaul now.

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Ari Cowan and Tony Belak on Preventing International Conflict

April 27, 2018

Violence and conflict is a common thread that runs throughout history and across all cultures. It disrupts local, national and international communities, and results in war, displacement and death.

One strategy to addressing violence and conflict is through a public health approach. The Violence Prevention and Restoration (PAR) Model, developed by the International Center for Compassionate Organizations (ICCO) explains how violence begins, spreads, and infects others much like a thought borne pathogen or virus.

This KNOW NOW program featured Ari Cowan and Tony Belak, Director General and Associate Director of ICCO, who discussed how the proliferation of international conflicts and violence in communities can be prevented by utilizing the PAR Model. Xiao Yin Zhao, Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southen Indiana, hosted this call.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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