"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.
Once the world's bastion of liberal, democratic values, Europe is now having to confront demons it thought it had laid to rest. The old pathologies of anti-Semitism, populist nationalism, and territorial aggression are threatening to tear the postwar European consensus apart. In riveting dispatches from this unfolding tragedy, James Kirchick shows us the shallow disingenuousness of the leaders who pushed for "Brexit;" examines how a vast migrant wave is exacerbating tensions between Europeans and their Muslim minorities; and describes how Russian imperial ambitions are destabilizing nations from Estonia to Ukraine. In August's Cover to Cover, james Kirchick joins Bill Clifford for a discussion on Kirchick's new book, The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age.
Earth will have more than 9.6 billion people by 2050. With resources already scarce, how will we feed them all? Journalist Lisa Palmer (full bio.) has traveled the world for years documenting the cutting-edge innovations of people and organizations on the front lines of fighting the food gap. In this episode, WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford speaks with Palmer on her book, Hot, Hungry Planet, as she breaks down this difficult subject and paints a hopeful picture of both the world we want to live in and the great leaps it will take to get there.
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