World Affairs Councils Podcast
KNOW NOW: Felipe Muñoz on the Colombia-Venezuela Migrant Crisis

KNOW NOW: Felipe Muñoz on the Colombia-Venezuela Migrant Crisis

March 2, 2020

Listen now to WACA's KNOW NOW conference call from Wednesday, February 26, at 2:00-2:30 pm ET, featuring Felipe Muñoz, Advisor to the President of Colombia for the Colombia-Venezuela Border. Mr. Muñoz will be in conversation with WACA Chief Operating Officer Liz Brailsford.

As a consequence of the economic and political collapse in Venezuela, more than 1.6 million Venezuelan migrants and refugees have crossed the border and fled to Colombia seeking safety and opportunities for their future. The government of Colombia is going to extraordinary lengths to provide humanitarian relief to this unprecedented influx of migrants and making tremendous efforts to integrate the migrants into society.

Listen to the conversation with Felipe Muñoz to learn more about the magnitude of the crisis, the efforts undertaken by the Government of Colombia, and the role that the U.S.

Cover to Cover: Yael (Yuli) Tamir on ‘Why Nationalism’

Cover to Cover: Yael (Yuli) Tamir on ‘Why Nationalism’

March 2, 2020

Listen now to WACA's Cover to Cover conference call from Wednesday, February 19 at 2:00-2:30 PM ET, featuring Professor Yael (Yuli) Tamir, President of Shenkar College and an adjunct professor at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University.

Why Nationalism

Around the world today, nationalism is back—and it’s often deeply troubling. Populist politicians exploit nationalism for authoritarian, chauvinistic, racist, and xenophobic purposes, reinforcing the view that it is fundamentally reactionary and antidemocratic. But Yael (Yuli) Tamir makes a passionate argument for a very different kind of nationalism—one that revives its participatory, creative, and egalitarian virtues, answers many of the problems caused by neoliberalism and hyperglobalism, and is essential to democracy at its best.

Cover to Cover: Andrew Bacevich on “The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory”

Cover to Cover: Andrew Bacevich on “The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory”

January 17, 2020

Andrew Bacevich, President of the Quincy Institute and Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University, on his new book: The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory.

When the Cold War ended with the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Washington establishment felt it had prevailed in a world-historical struggle. History, having brought the United States to the very summit of power and prestige, had validated American-style liberal democratic capitalism as universally applicable. Listen to the conversation with Andrew Bacevich as he explains how, within a quarter of a century, the United States ended up with gaping inequality, permanent war, moral confusion, and an increasingly angry and alienated population, as well, of course, as the strangest president in American history.

Cover to Cover: Angela Stent and Jill Dougherty on “Putin’s World: Russia Against the West and With the Rest”

Cover to Cover: Angela Stent and Jill Dougherty on “Putin’s World: Russia Against the West and With the Rest”

January 17, 2020

Angela Stent, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings Institution and Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies at Georgetown University, and Jill Dougherty, SFS Centennial Fellow at Georgetown University, Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and CNN Contributor, discuss Stent's book Putin's World: Russia Against the West and With the Rest.

We all now live in a paranoid and polarized world of Putin's making, and the Russian leader, through guile and disruption, has resurrected Russia's status as a force to be reckoned with. Stent helps Americans understand how and why the post-Cold War era has given way to a new, more dangerous world, one in which Russia poses a challenge to the U.S. in every corner of the globe -- and one in which Russia has become a toxic and divisive subject in U.S. politics. Listen to the conversation with Angela Stent and Jill Dougherty about Russia's role on the global stage.

Cover to Cover: Marina and David Ottaway on the Four Arab Worlds

Cover to Cover: Marina and David Ottaway on the Four Arab Worlds

December 13, 2019

WACA's Cover to Cover conference call on Thursday, November 21, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET, featured Marina and David Ottaway, Middle East Fellows at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

A Tale of Four Worlds: The Arab Region After the Uprisings

First came the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire following World War I; then, in the 1950s and '60s, the Nasser-inspired wave of Arab nationalism and socialism. The Arab world's third great political cataclysm of the past 100 years has also brought permanent changes, but not as its activists had hoped: the 2011 uprisings. Their consequences have differed greatly from area to area, splintering the Arab region into four different worlds. Join Marina and David Ottaway as they discuss the profound upheavals that have shaken - and continue to transform - Arab and global politics.

Cover to Cover: Hope Harrison on “After the Berlin Wall”

Cover to Cover: Hope Harrison on “After the Berlin Wall”

December 13, 2019

WACA's Cover to Cover conference call on Wednesday, October 9, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET, featured Hope Harrison, Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, The George Washington University.

After the Berlin Wall: Memory and the Making of the New Germany, 1989 to the Present

The history and meaning of the Berlin Wall remain controversial, even three decades after its fall. Drawing on an extensive range of archival sources and interviews, this book profiles key memory activists who have fought to commemorate the history of the Berlin Wall and examines their role in the creation of a new German national narrative. This revelatory work also traces how global memory of the Wall has impacted German memory policy, and it depicts the power and fragility of state-backed memory projects, and the potential of such projects to reconcile or divide.

Cover to Cover: Sarah Chayes on Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security

Cover to Cover: Sarah Chayes on Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security

October 23, 2019

February's Cover to Cover features author Sarah Chayes on his new book, Thieves of State, on Wednesday, February 18, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET. Sarah Chayes is an American author and world renown speaker. 

Cover to Cover: Chris Woods on Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone

Cover to Cover: Chris Woods on Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone

October 23, 2019

May's Cover to Cover features author Chris Woods on his new book, Sudden Justice: America's Secret Drone, on Wednesday, May 13, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET. Chris Woods is an American investigative journalist who specializes in conflict and national security issues. 

Cover to Cover: Walter Laqueur on Putinism: Russia and Its Future With the West

Cover to Cover: Walter Laqueur on Putinism: Russia and Its Future With the West

October 23, 2019

June's Cover to Cover features author Walter Laqueur on his new book, Putinism: Russia and Its Future with the West, on Sunday, June 18, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET. Walter Laqueur is an American historian, journalist and political commentator. 

Cover to Cover: Russell Gold on The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World

Cover to Cover: Russell Gold on The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World

October 23, 2019

June's Cover to Cover features author Russell Gold on his new book, The Boom, on Thursday, June 12, at 2:00-2:30 PM ET. Russell Gold is an American reporter for Wall Street Journal and the author of The Boom.