Janice Weiner, Wednesday December 9, 2015

“The Collapse of the Berlin Wall; The Reunification of East & West Germany” Watch this program Janice G. Weiner was a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service for nearly 26 years.  She then worked for two years as professional issues and policy adviser for the American Foreign Service Association.  Her first Foreign Service assignmentContinue reading “Janice Weiner, Wednesday December 9, 2015”

Ray McGovern & Coleen Rowley, Tuesday September 29, 2015

“Can We Wade Out of the Big Muddy and Get Back to Some Moral High Ground?” Watch this program Ray McGovern was an Army officer in the early 60s, then a CIA analyst from the administration of John Kennedy to that of George H.W. Bush. Ray prepared the President’s Daily Brief for Nixon, Ford, andContinue reading “Ray McGovern & Coleen Rowley, Tuesday September 29, 2015”

Andrey Sazonov, Wednesday September 16, 2015

 “Ramzan Kadyrov, Leader of Chechnya: Putin’s Frenemy?” Watch this program Ramzan Kadyrov is currently serving as a head of the Chechen Republic and is notorious for being the most prominent and controversial figure in the North Caucasus region of Russia and for having a very close relationship with Vladimir Putin. Over the years Chechen leaderContinue reading “Andrey Sazonov, Wednesday September 16, 2015”

Tibi Galis, Wednesday September 9, 2015

“Early Prevention of Mass Atrocities: Fulfilling Our Responsibility to Protect” Watch this program Many scholars argue that had the world known about the horrors of the holocaust, something would have been done to stop the systematic ethnic cleansing. Today, such genocides still exist throughout the world yet it seems nothing is done to alleviate them. Continue reading “Tibi Galis, Wednesday September 9, 2015”

Valerie Bunce, Thursday, April 23, 2015

“Putin’s Game in Ukraine” Watch this program Why did Russia invade and annex Crimea last year and then aid and abet popular rebellion in eastern Ukraine?  The answer is that political changes in Ukraine were a “perfect storm” for Russia, whether we look at the threats to Russian security posed by Ukraine’s desire to joinContinue reading “Valerie Bunce, Thursday, April 23, 2015”

Mariano Magalhaes, Wednesday, April 1, 2015

“How the Brazilian Worker’s Party Will Shape the Nation’s Future” Watch this program The 2014 presidential election in Brazil was the closest—and dirtiest—contest since the first elections in 1989, post-military-rule. At the election’s start, Brazilians were reeling from nationwide protests against government corruption, a failing economy, and the use of public funds for World Cup stadiums andContinue reading “Mariano Magalhaes, Wednesday, April 1, 2015”

James L. Watson, Tuesday, February 3, 2015

 “Does Hong Kong Have a Future? Postcolonial Developments Since 1997” Watch this program Will Hong Kong remain a distinctive, quasi-autonomous outpost on the southern tip of China, or will it become just another Chinese city?  This talk explores the history and cultural traditions of Hong Kong in an attempt to understand the recent pro-democracy demonstrations:Continue reading “James L. Watson, Tuesday, February 3, 2015”

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”