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”

Vicki Hesli Claypool, November 6, 2013

“Egypt’s Revolution & Regional Dynamic: Current Status?” Watch the program here. Recently eyes have been turned to the Middle East. Not just the recent Arab Spring, but also the revolts in Egypt have people more interested in that part of the world. Since Mohamed Morsi was removed as president by the Army Chief General, AbdulContinue reading “Vicki Hesli Claypool, November 6, 2013”

Jim Leach, October 24, 2013

“What is Old, New, and Unprecedented in America’s Relationships with the World” Watch the program here. Jim Leach will address the United States’ relationships with key countries in the context of a global setting in which weapons of mass destruction have proliferated and terrorism has been globalized. Such countries include: Syria, Russia, Iran, China, and NorthContinue reading “Jim Leach, October 24, 2013”

Peter Gries, October 17, 2013

“Hollywood in China: How American Culture Shapes Chinese Views of the USA” Watch the program here. If America is the world’s largest exporter of culture, China is certainly the world’s largest importer. Peter Gries will discuss the role of popular culture in improving attitudes toward America in China and increasing the desire for friendlier USContinue reading “Peter Gries, October 17, 2013”

Robert Naiman, May 2, 2013

“A Critique of the U.S. Drone Strike Policy” Watch the program here. Since the beginning of the War on Terror, the U.S. has used unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to remotely target enemy militants. In recent years these attacks have escalated; hundreds of non-combatants have died in countries which are not formally at war with theContinue reading “Robert Naiman, May 2, 2013”

Prof. Ron McMullen, April 17, 2013

“WikiLeaks and its Impact on U.S. Diplomacy” Watch the program here. In early 2010, WikiLeaks, a non-profit whistleblower organization, began releasing classified U.S. diplomatic cables. By the end of 2011, over 250,000 cables had been leaked, constituting the largest security breach in U.S. State Department history. The cables were widely disseminated and provoked significant criticismContinue reading “Prof. Ron McMullen, April 17, 2013”

Peter Eichstaedt, April 9, 2013

“Above the Din of War: Afghans Speak About Their Lives” Watch the program here. Once international forces finally vacate Afghanistan in 2014, the hope for the country will lie solely with its people. Peter Eichstaedt’s new book, “Above the Din of War: Afghans Speak about Their Lives, Their Country, and Their Future-and Why America Should Listen”, illuminatesContinue reading “Peter Eichstaedt, April 9, 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”