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Encounter Point - An Israeli/Palestinian Conflict Documentary

Encounter Point – An Israeli/Palestinian Conflict Documentary

The documentary, Encounter Point, presents a leveled perspective of the Israeli and Palestinian conflict, examining the efforts of individuals and organizations attempting to achieve reconciliation such as the Bereaved Families Forum and Seeds of Peace. The perspectives of the Israelis as well as the Palestinians are discussed in equal measure while giving a cursory overview of many […]

Hide & Seek: Intelligence, Law Enforcement, and the Stalled War on Terrorist Finance - John A. Cassara

Hide & Seek: Intelligence, Law Enforcement, and the Stalled War on Terrorist Finance – John A. Cassara

John A. Cassara, a former CIA Case Officer and Treasury Special Agent, delivers an autobiography of his career while providing policy prescriptions for more effectively curtailing terrorism finance. Most notably, Cassara illustrates the role of trade-based money laundering in moving funds throughout global criminal networks and the necessity of developing intelligence and enforcement tools to […]

Stopping Global Population Growth - Hans Rosling

Stopping Global Population Growth – Hans Rosling

As the developer of the Gapminder software as well as having delivered five previous Ted Talks, Hans Rosling has become an authoritative voice on global health and development statistics. Furthermore, his presentations are always riveting. In his most recent Ted Talk, Rosling discusses the global population growth since 1960 and how the popular distinction between the “West and the Rest” is […]

Counterinsurgency - David Kilcullen

Counterinsurgency – David Kilcullen

Following the success and praise of his previous book, The Accidental Guerrilla, David Kilcullen has released a compilation of his previously published articles on counterinsurgency that have impacted and evolved the theoretical understanding of the field. From the “Twenty-eight Articles” that initially went viral to a summary of his doctoral dissertation, Kilcullen’s analysis can now […]

The Wisdom of Whores – Elizabeth Pisani

The Wisdom of Whores – Elizabeth Pisani

After nearly a decade of conducting AIDS/HIV research in Southeast Asia, Elizabeth Pisani recants the lessons she has learned while helping governments and NGO’s reduce the spread of this disease. From stressing the importance of adequate disease surveillance to clearly outlining the ways that AIDS/HIV spreads throughout societies, Pisani clearly states the measures that must […]

How Democratic is the American Constitution? – Robert A. Dahl

How Democratic is the American Constitution? – Robert A. Dahl

The popularly held myth that the American Constitution is the beacon of global democracy blatantly disregards democratic norms in several instances.  Robert Dahl, a Sterling Professor Emeritus of Yale University and former President of the American Political Science Association, examines the ways in which the Constitution does not practice equality of representation. Most notably, both […]

Authors@Google - David Kilcullen

Authors@Google – David Kilcullen

In the following talk given at Google, David Kilcullen discusses the primary points within his book, The Accidental Guerrilla. His 25 minute presentation is followed by a 40 minute Q&A with our notes posted below. The title of his book refers to members of the general populace that do not inherently hate the West but have […]

International Security - Spring 2010

International Security – Spring 2010

Ending Civil War: A Case for Rebel Victory? – Monica Duffy Toft Contrary to advocates of both negotiated settlements and “give war a chance”, Toft reveals that a combination of carrots and sticks may be the best way to end civil wars and prevent them from reoccurring. Statistically, civil wars that end in negotiated settlements are […]

Entrusting Conservation to Poachers - John Kasaona

Entrusting Conservation to Poachers – John Kasaona

In contrast to the common perception that poachers are only exploiting wildlife, John Kasaona presents a way to encourage poachers to integrate local communities, global economies, and local wildlife. By reintegrating poachers into the community and managing wildlife locally, economic growth and successful wildlife conservation are both achievable. Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC) empowers local communities to manage wildlife conservation on their own […]

The Value of Nothing - Raj Patel

The Value of Nothing – Raj Patel

Having obtained degrees from Oxford, the London School of Economics, and Cornell University, Raj Patel explores the fundamental dilemma of market-based economies. Because prices do not accurately reflect the value of commodities due to their extensive externalities (Patel explains that a more appropriate price for an average hamburger would be $200 if these externalities were […]