WorldAffairs

The overuse of legal painkillers and the rise of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid which is easy to produce and transport across borders, has created a global opioid crisis. What do governments need to do to curb supply and combat addiction? Keith Humphreys, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University, and German Lopez, senior correspondent at VOX, discuss the consequences of a global drug market flooded by opioids with WorldAffairs Co-Host Ray Suarez.

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Direct download: 11_26_18_Opioids.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 7:00am PST

Cyberattacks against governments and private companies have skyrocketed in both volume and impact. From election interference to the Sony studio hacking, cyberattacks can now be "blended" to inflict even more widespread damage, including inspiring acts of terrorism. In this week’s episode we’ll discuss the new types of cyber threats and the ways in which governments and corporate leaders are responding. John Carlin, former assistant attorney general for the US Department of Justice’s National Security Division, talks about the high-stakes risks with World Affairs CEO Jane Wales.

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Direct download: 11_19_18_John_Carlin.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 7:00am PST

As the US midterm elections play out in early November, politics are everywhere, but national security policy should be distinguishable from politics, according to Dr. Susan Rice, the National Security Advisor to President Obama and US Ambassador to the United Nations. It is well documented that Americans are ever more divided: along party, ideological, socio-economic and cultural lines; by geographic, demographic, racial and religious differences. Indeed, Rice suggests that the most significant, long-term threat to our security may be our domestic political polarization. How can our national security interests be separated from the politics of the day? What are the most important national security policy objectives today and how can they be achieved? Ambassador Rice is in conversation with World Affairs CEO Jane Wales.

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Direct download: 11_12_18_Susan_Rice.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:33pm PST

In today’s reality, democracy no longer ends with a revolution or military coup, but with a gradual erosion of political norms. As a growing number of countries are chipping away at liberally democratic values, are these institutions safe from elected, authoritarian leaders? Daniel Ziblatt, professor at Harvard University and co-author of How Democracies Die, discusses the future of liberal democracies with World Affairs CEO Jane Wales.

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Direct download: 11_05_18_Daniel_Ziblatt.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 7:00am PST

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