Seyed Hossein Mousavian has some advice to those who are critical of proposed Iran nuclear deal: “Be realistic.”
Ulrike Guérot does not see Europe as a collection of states. Nor does she see them as the European Union….
Akhil Reed Amar thinks that Americans need to be cognizant of two constitutions. At his 4 p.m. lecture today in the Hall of Philosophy, he’ll explain just what he means by that.
Nancy Youssef thinks that democracy may too often be glorified as a golden, infallible form of government, and that Americans may be too eager to throw it as a panacea toward any problem that arises.
The year 1892 marked four centuries since “a sailor, adventurous, studious, credulous, ambitious, eager, dreamed of another world hidden behind the mists of the Atlantic.” The Chautauqua Assembly Herald reported that the Rev. J.B. Young of Kansas City, Missouri, was speaking of Christopher Columbus.
Harvey Fineberg thinks the Affordable Care Act is a significant step in the right direction of health care reform, but he feels it doesn’t do enough to address the need for better care at an affordable cost.
Fineberg serves as president of the Institute of Medicine, an independent organization that provides unbiased advice on issues in biomedical science, medicine and health. He will speak at today’s 10:45 a.m. morning lecture in the Amphitheater on three issues he feels the United States must address to create a “culture of health.”
Turkey may seem like an odd choice as peacemaker for Iran and the West. On a number of issues, the nation’s position is contrary to either side; it disagrees with Iran on the issues of Syria and Hezbollah and disagrees with the U.S. on Iran’s right to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
“Yet it still holds a place of being the most trusted partner to be able to broker a new way forward,” said the Right Rev. John Chane.
Week Seven’s lectures about diplomacy painted a picture of the international landscape with broad brushstrokes. The lecturers took on big topics: the Arab-Israeli conflict, the debate between isolationists and interventionists, the politics of oil.
In his final lecture of the week, Aaron David Miller will discuss leadership, or the lack thereof, in the United States and in the Middle East. He will speak at 2 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy. Miller is an analyst, adviser and writer on Middle Eastern policy.
The intersection of economy and diplomacy — how countries interact based on their financial needs — can be linked directly to one factor: the world’s eternal search for energy.
“Oil is what this planet runs on, for good or for ill,” said Molly Williamson, a scholar at the Middle East Institute who has served as a foreign service officer under six U.S. presidents. “And every single day, this planet consumes 89 million barrels of oil.”