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”

Anthony Sudarmawan, Tuesday, March 10, 2015

“Why We Should Care About Foreign Fighters and Paramilitary in the  Middle East” Watch this program Why should we care about foreign fighters and paramilitary forces in the Middle East? People tend to overlook the rationality behind the reasons why the number of foreign fighters and paramilitary forces has been increasing significantly in the last few years.Continue reading “Anthony Sudarmawan, Tuesday, March 10, 2015”

Elizabeth Heineman, Thursday, November 13, 2014

“Gendering International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law” Watch this program According to international humanitarian law, sexual violence is a grave crime in times of war.  Yet many states have inadequate laws to protect women from intimate partner violence.  Other domestic issues covered under the human rights framework, ranging from girls’ right to an education toContinue reading “Elizabeth Heineman, Thursday, November 13, 2014”

Nathan Miller, September 23, 2014

“The More Things Change: The Old Politics of South Sudan’s New War” Watch this program here Sudan has been in civil war since the mid-1950’s.  Although punctuated by brief bouts of peace, that war persisted through South Sudan’s independence and continues today.  It is as much, if not more, about political participation and control overContinue reading “Nathan Miller, September 23, 2014”

Jovana Davidovic, September 18, 2014

“The Changing Character and Theories of War” Watch this program In the past few decades war has changed drastically so as to little resemble classic examples of Just War theory and international humanitarian law. The character of war has changed with constant technological advancements. What is less obvious, however, is the change in the natureContinue reading “Jovana Davidovic, September 18, 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”

Nick Grossman, April 2, 2014

“The Future of Drones and Unmanned Systems” Watch this program here. In the last few decades, semi-autonomous killer machines have migrated from science fiction to a central role in real-world international relations.  The United States utilizes unmanned aerial systems, commonly known as “drones,” to strike targets both in and outside of military contexts.  Though theContinue reading “Nick Grossman, April 2, 2014”

Kurt Wall, November 15, 2013

“Witchcraft and Racism Threaten Tanzanians with Albinism” Watch the program here. People with albinism have faced widespread discrimination and violence in east Africa for centuries, but only recently has this problem garnered significant international attention. Nowhere is this human rights issue more pronounced than in Tanzania, where a half-hearted government response to the problem has failedContinue reading “Kurt Wall, November 15, 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”

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. Ahmed E. Souaiaia, March 25, 2013

“The Arab Spring: Syria & Bahrain” Video unavailable. The protests and demonstrations which began in Tunisia in December 2010 have swept across the Arab world, causing the overthrow of numerous governments and the transformation of societies. Professor Souaiaia will provide an overview of the transformative events of the Arab Spring, discussing the difference between theContinue reading “Prof. Ahmed E. Souaiaia, March 25, 2013”

Rachel Gerber, September 25, 2012

“Never Again: How Genocide and Other Mass Atrocities Can Be Prevented” Video Unavailable. More than six decades after the Holocaust, ongoing violence in Syria is a vivid reminder that the systematic targeting of civilians remains a consistent reality of global politics. In 2005, the full array of global leaders at the United Nations World SummitContinue reading “Rachel Gerber, September 25, 2012”

Kathy Kelly, September 12, 2012

“The Cost of War, The Price of Peace” Watch the program here. Following a month-long trip to Afghanistan, Kelly will speak to the ICFRC about Afghan Peace Volunteers, their perspectives on their country’s future relationship with NATO and the ISAF, and methods of nonviolent resistance used by Afghans to demonstrate against US warfare. Kelly, co-coordinatorContinue reading “Kathy Kelly, September 12, 2012”

Alan Brody, June 7, 2012

“Human Rights Hypocrisies in the ‘Holy Land’” No video available. Alan Brody will present excerpts from the memoir of his youth, most of which describe the experiences of his 1967 trip to Europe and Israel. He will also reflect on his present-day thoughts about the continuing conflict between Israelis and their Palestinian and Arab neighbors.Continue reading “Alan Brody, June 7, 2012”

Jennifer Smyser, April 11, 2012

“The Importance of Global Nuclear Security” Watch the program here. On Wednesday, April 11, Jennifer Smyser gave a lecture on the state of the on-going international and domestic efforts at guaranteeing worldwide nuclear security. As a Program Officer in Policy and Outreach at The Stanley Foundation, Ms. Smyser is a member of Fissle Materials Working Group (a nongovernmental coalitionContinue reading “Jennifer Smyser, April 11, 2012”

War Veterans, March 27, 2012

“Telling Iowa City: War Veterans’ Experiences: Putting Our Stories on Stage” Watch the program here. Telling: Iowa City was created from the stories of local veterans whose military experiences ranged over 40 years, from Vietnam to the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Unlike other shows, this play was performed by the veterans themselves, eachContinue reading “War Veterans, March 27, 2012”