William Reisinger, Wednesday, January 28, 2015

“How Do You Solve a Problem Like Vladimir: Russia’s Future Between East and West” Watch this program Russia’s annexation of Crimea and support for rebel forces in eastern Ukraine challenge European security and raise questions about what might come next. The answers lie with President Vladimir Putin, who holds an uncommon degree of personal controlContinue reading “William Reisinger, Wednesday, January 28, 2015”

Margaret Mills, Wednesday, December 10, 2014

“From Soviet Supremacy to Major Restructuring: Health Care Issues in Russia Today” Watch this program Russia is going through a health care crisis.  Population decline, re-emerging infectious diseases, a growing HIV/AIDs epidemic, tobacco and alcohol-related deaths, low life expectancy and declining birth rates are plaguing the nation.  Individual attitudes toward “health” and social responses to reducedContinue reading “Margaret Mills, Wednesday, December 10, 2014”

Rob Hogg, Thursday, October 30, 2014

 “Climate & Sustainability: The Defining Challenge of Our Century” Watch this program  According to NASA and the National Climate Data Center, August 2014 has gone in the record books on a world-wide scale as the hottest August to ever be  recorded.  Climate change is a pressing issue that requires national action by the United States and internationalContinue reading “Rob Hogg, Thursday, October 30, 2014”

Jim Olson, Thursday, October 23, 2014

“Iowa and the United Nations” Watch this program As we mark the 69th anniversary of the United Nations Charter on October 24, Jim Olson will describe the many connections of Iowan, past and present, with the United Nations system.  At a time when the United Nations – and the world – face unprecedented challenges and opportunities,Continue reading “Jim Olson, Thursday, October 23, 2014”

Chris Anderson, Elena Osinskaya & Jill Anderson, April 23, 2014

“Regional Views of Ukraine’s Current Crisis”  Watch the program here. The most urgent issue in international diplomacy continues to be the developing crisis in Ukraine.  policy makers and analysts around the world anxiously await developments to what some fear could become the largest forced annexation of European countries since the fall of the Soviet Union. Continue reading “Chris Anderson, Elena Osinskaya & Jill Anderson, April 23, 2014”

Adrien Wing, April 17, 2014

“Women’s Rights in Egypt After the Arab Spring”  Watch this program here In 2010, the small North African country of Tunisia received global attention when its citizens managed to overthrow their authoritarian government. The turmoil quickly spread to neighboring countries, resulting in massive protests and demonstrations across North Africa and the Middle East. In Egypt, long-timeContinue reading “Adrien Wing, April 17, 2014”

Gregory Carmichael, March 27, 2014

“The Globalization of Air Pollution: Implications for Our Air, Water, and Food Quality” Watch this program here. Gregory R. Carmichael, is the Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the University of Iowa.  He is internationally known for work on international air pollution concerns. Carmichael’s studies have led to greater understanding of problems related toContinue reading “Gregory Carmichael, March 27, 2014”

Rene Genadry, MD, February 11, 2014

“Reflections on the Development of a Collaborative Program in Niger” Watch the program here. Dr. Rene Genadry will share the process behind his proposal to develop a collaborative relationship with the Abdo Moumouni University School of Health Sciences through the International Programs at the UI. He will review a format of cooperation in the areasContinue reading “Rene Genadry, MD, February 11, 2014”

Mark Osiel, January 28, 2014

“The Uncertain Future of International Criminal Law ” Watch the program here. Since the Nuremberg trial following World War II, international criminal law aims to punish and deter genocide, crimes against humanity, and grave war crimes. It has made great strides in the last twenty years, but faces increasingly uncertain prospects. Professor Osiel, a leadingContinue reading “Mark Osiel, January 28, 2014”

Maureen “Micki” McCue, December 5, 2013

“Health and Human Rights in the Shadow of Fukushima” Watch the program here. The triple disaster at Fukushima did not have a simple beginning, middle or end.  Tensions, misunderstandings, and lack of consensus between political, economic, scientific, and social interests began long before the disaster and continue unabated almost 3 years later.  Populations in, around andContinue reading “Maureen “Micki” McCue, December 5, 2013″

Tyler Priest, November 20, 2013

“40th Anniversary:The 1973 Oil Embargo and its Aftermath” Watch the program here. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the 1973 oil crisis or “shock.” The shock is mainly remembered for the Arab oil embargo imposed in the fall of 1973, but there were underlying structural problems within the oil industry that turned the embargo into aContinue reading “Tyler Priest, November 20, 2013”

Prof. Em. Burns Weston, October 29, 2013

“Green Governance: Ecological Stewardship through Human Rights and the Commons” Watch the program here. The vast majority of the world’s scientists agree:  We have reached a point in history where we are in grave danger of destroying Earth’s life-sustaining capacity.  But our attempts to protect natural ecosystems are increasingly ineffective because our very conception of theContinue reading “Prof. Em. Burns Weston, October 29, 2013”

Zeyar Lynn, October 9, 2013

“Myanmar and China Since 2011” Watch the program here. The relationship between China and Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) has traditionally been quite close. The two countries share a long border and trade extensively with one another.  In 2011, Myanmar began a series of democratic reforms. Zeyar Lynn will discuss the evolving relationship between MyanmarContinue reading “Zeyar Lynn, October 9, 2013”

Prof. Fred Solt, September 26, 2013

“Economic Inequality and Democratic Performance Around the World” Watch the program here. Over the past three decades, economic inequality has risen in many democracies around the world.  As the rich grow richer relative to everyone else, do they also grow relatively more powerful, undermining democracy’s promise of political equality?  Patterns of political attitudes, behavior, andContinue reading “Prof. Fred Solt, September 26, 2013”

Prof. Jon Carlson, September 10, 2013

“Reining in Phaeton’s Chariot: Principles for the Governance of Climate” Watch the program here. Climate engineering is generally defined as the deliberate modification of large-scale Earth systems in order to change the climate.  The most widely discussed form of climate engineering is the injection of particles into the stratosphere to block sunlight and cool theContinue reading “Prof. Jon Carlson, September 10, 2013”

Prof. Em. Joel Barkan, August 28, 2013

“South Africa After Mandela” Watch the program here. As South Africans and the world celebrate the life of one of the preeminent statesmen of the 20th century, South Africa still struggles to realize Nelson Mandela’s vision of a multiracial society based on justice and reconciliation. Mandela has in fact not governed the country since he steppedContinue reading “Prof. Em. Joel Barkan, August 28, 2013”

Frank Vogl, January 30, 2013

“The Challenges of Global Corruption” Watch the program here. In 1993, a few individuals decided to take a stance against corruption and created Transparency International. Now the leading global anti-corruption non-governmental organization, present in more than 100 countries, the movement works relentlessly to stir the world’s collective conscience and bring about change. Frank Vogl, aContinue reading “Frank Vogl, January 30, 2013”

Prof. Wenfang Tang & Prof. Brian Lai, December 4, 2012

“China’s Leadership Transition” Watch the program here. The world has been watching with interest the recent 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) because it will bring in a new generation of leaders who will likely rule the world’s second largest economy, the most populous country, and the largest authoritarian state forContinue reading “Prof. Wenfang Tang & Prof. Brian Lai, December 4, 2012”

Former Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel, November 14, 2012

“The Eurozone Debt Crisis” Watch the program here. The current euro zone debt crisis centers on Germany and is an existential crisis about European Union political integration. Chancellor Angela Merkel explained that “if the Euro falls, Europe falls.” She described the challenge as “the most difficult since the Second World War.”  The Eurocrisis is reminiscentContinue reading “Former Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel, November 14, 2012”

Dr. Anel Okic & Dr. Nina Jovanovic, October 24, 2012

“Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Small Country with a Big Government” Watch the program here. Bosnia and Herzegovina and its capital city of Sarajevo, often called the European Jerusalem, has the most diverse demographic and political structure in Europe, and perhaps of any other country in the world. Placed in heart of the Balkan Peninsula inContinue reading “Dr. Anel Okic & Dr. Nina Jovanovic, October 24, 2012”