WorldAffairsAuthor: World Affairs Council of Northern California
15 Aug 2018

WorldAffairs

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WorldAffairs is a deep exploration of today's pressing global issues. In the age of the rehearsed soundbite and the talking point, each hour-long episode marries expert analysis with compelling conversation. Our hosts, former Senior National Security Council Director Jane Wales, and renowned journalists Ray Suarez and Markos Kounalakis, take listeners on a journey of what's happening in the world and why it matters to you. We want to hear from you! Please take part in a quick survey to tell us how we can improve our podcast:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PWZ7KMW

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    Elizabeth Economy and John Pomfret: As US Leadership in Global Affairs Recedes, is China Stepping in to Fill the Void?

    As the US continues to abdicate its leadership role in global affairs, China’s international influence continues to grow – diplomatically, economically and politically. Will it, can it, fill the void? And how will its role on the world stage influence domestic policy? Elizabeth Economy, senior fellow and director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and John Pomfret, former Washington Post bureau chief in Beijing, and author of “The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present”, discuss the ramifications of America's absence in global leadership with Ray Suarez, former chief national correspondent for PBS NewsHour.

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  • Posted on 14 Aug 2018

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    The Third Digital Revolution: Fabrication

    Over the past fifty years, we have experienced two fundamental digital revolutions, one in computing and one in communication. Today, we’re entering a third digital revolution, that of fabrication. From medical advancements to weapon design, in this hour, we’ll discuss what widespread digital fabrication could mean for the future. In conversation with World Affairs CEO Jane Wales are brothers Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Professor, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Alan Gershenfeld, Co-Founder and President, E-Line Media, and Neil Gershenfeld, Director, Center for Atoms and Bits, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Posted on 07 Aug 2018

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    Tyler Cowen and Gillian Tett: Trade Wars: US, China, and Europe, Who Has the Most to Lose?

    In recent weeks, searing rhetoric from President Trump has pushed our trading relations with both Europe and with China onto center stage. In the case of China, an escalating trade war has begun, and with Europe, President Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker first clashed before agreeing in principle to work toward lowering barriers to commerce. Is Trump simply solving problems of his own making or is this part of a smart negotiating strategy that will ultimately benefit American consumers, producers and farmers? Can trade wars actually be won? Tyler Cowen, Holbert L. Harris chair of economics at George Mason University, and Gillian Tett, US managing editor for the Financial Times, discuss the ramifications of Trump's trade policy with Ray Suarez, former chief national correspondent for PBS NewsHour.

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  • Posted on 31 Jul 2018

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    Digital Media: Combatting Threats in the Era of Fake News

    Digital and social media have upended not only the news industry, but entire notions of governance and leadership. In this week’s episode, we’ll consider how the rise of digital media has impacted public life and the ethical innovations needed in order to capture the benefits and mitigate harm. In conversation with Ray Suarez, former chief national correspondent for PBS NewsHour, is a panel of digital media experts, including, Jennifer Cobb, Director of United for News, Eileen Donahoe, Executive Director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University, Tristan Harris, Co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology, and Gerald Ryle, Director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

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  • Posted on 24 Jul 2018

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    David Sanger: Preparing for the New Battlefield: Living in the Age of Cyberweapons

    The increased use of cyberweapons is changing geopolitics. Cyberattacks now occur on a daily basis, by states and non-state actors alike, large and small. On the receiving end, governments are challenged by the anonymity and asymmetry of these attacks. In this week’s episode we’ll consider how, and if, we can develop foreign policy doctrines to deal with this new reality. David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times, talks with Markos Kounalakis, visiting fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution, about how the US can protect itself in the age of cyberweapons.

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  • Posted on 17 Jul 2018

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