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World Class

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Francis Fukuyama Explains Identity Politics
Oct 19 • 22 min
“Identity politics” has become a driving force in political conversations in the U.S. and abroad, but what exactly is it? Where did it come from, and how will it shape the future of our society? FSI Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow and CDDRL Mosbacher…
Improving black men’s health in a single step
Oct 5 • 23 min
African American men have the lowest life expectancy of any major demographic group in the U.S. The reasons for this are many and complex, but new research from FSI’s Stanford Health Policy suggests that there may be a straightforward solution: hiring…
Who Won the Trump-Kim Summit?
Sep 12 • 82 min
President Trump says the nuclear threat is behind us, but do the experts agree? Gi-Wook Shin, Scott Sagan, Kathleen Stephens, and Michael McFaul tell us about the winners and losers from the 2018 U.S.-North Korean Summit, what we should worry about, what…
Michael McFaul: When Geopolitics Gets Personal
Aug 3 • 21 min
What’s it like to have a dictator after you? In the wake of Vladimir Putin’s “request” to interrogate former ambassador and World Class host Michael McFaul, the US public backlash was swift and strong. It’s extremely unlikely that McFaul will be asked to…
How to Make a New Country
Jul 27 • 20 min
It’s not so easy to create a whole new country, and the world map is much more fixed than it used to be. While there are many secessionist and independence movements around the globe, the truth is that international powers are extremely reluctant to…
A Democracy Divided: The Roots of our Political Polarization
Jul 20 • 22 min
The gulf between right and left in America is widening by the day. How long has this been going on, and what can we learn by studying other Western democracies? Didi Kuo is an expert on democratization and political parties. She’s a research scholar at…
When Your Government Doesn’t Want to Govern
Jul 13 • 24 min
The Venezuelan economy is disintegrating, yet president Nicolas Maduro has thus far been successful in squashing his political opposition. How has Maduro been able to remain in power, and what’s the best-case scenario for Venezuela’s future? We’re joined…
Rebroadcast: Both Sides of The Border
Jul 6 • 81 min
Today’s episode is a rebroadcast. In November of 2016, FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development & The Rule of Law co-hosted a panel with Stanford’s Center for Latin American studies. At this event, Latin scholars, students, and staff at Stanford explored…
Daniel Ellsberg on the continuing nuclear threat – from the US
Jun 29 • 40 min
Daniel Ellsberg is well-known for the Pentagon Papers, but few people realize he also has extensive experience with US nuclear weapons policy dating back to the 1950s and 60s. Last year, Ellsberg published a memoir called “The Doomsday Machine,” where he…
Siegfried Hecker on Denuclearization
Jun 25 • 23 min
After the June 12th meeting between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, the US is pushing for rapid denuclearization. But, even in a best case scenario, what is a realistic timetable? And now that North Korea has nuclear military capabilities, how might the US…
Robin Hood isn’t coming: Why democracies don’t always correct income inequality
Jun 22 • 28 min
As income inequality soars, we expect democracies to correct it with higher taxes on the rich. But time and again, the average voter rejects this idea at the ballot box. Why does this happen? In a country founded on the ideal that we are all equal, who…
Former Ambassadors Kathleen Stephens and Michael McFaul on the North Korea Summit
Jun 15 • 26 min
Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump met in Singapore on June 12th, and everyone is still working to make sense of the meeting. What led up to this meeting, what are the key takeaways from the summit itself, and what can we expect going forward? Former South…
What if “the people” are a threat to democracy?
Jun 8 • 23 min
What exactly is populism and why is it suddenly everywhere? Are the different movements around the world connected to each other, or are they popping up independently? What are the underlying conditions that give rise to populism, and what risks does it…
Larry Diamond with Cambodian Human Rights Activist Mu Sochua
Jun 1 • 28 min
Fears are growing that Cambodia is coming under authoritarian rule. Prime Minister Hun Sen, the world’s longest-serving government leader, has dissolved the opposition party and started arresting its leadership in September 2017. Deputy opposition leader…
From Cold War to Hot Peace: Michael McFaul on his new book
May 25 • 26 min
Michael McFaul, director of FSI, former US ambassador to Russia, and host of World Class, has a new book out. It’s called From Cold War to Hot Peace, and it offers an unparalleled perspective on US–Russia relations. In this conversation with FSI’s deputy…
Sir Nick Clegg on Brexit, with host Gerhard Casper
May 18 • 36 min
Is it too late to stop Brexit? As the deadline for exiting approaches, what are the pros and cons of trying to halt Brexit at this late juncture? Regardless of what happens, what might we expect for the future relationship between the United Kingdom and…
Armenia’s new leadership: How did we get here?
May 11 • 25 min
Armenia is in a state of transition. Peaceful protests led by Nikol Pashinyan have dislodged Serzh Sargsyan from his seat of power, and suddenly the country looks poised for dramatic change. Is this a grassroots movement, or are outside forces pulling the…
Turbulence in Taiwan
May 4 • 23 min
Since the 1980s, Taiwan has been a model of democracy in East Asia, but there are challenges on the horizon. Domestically, Taiwan is experiencing slow economic growth and a polarized electorate. Meanwhile across the region leaders are navigating tensions…
Democracy at Risk in Kenya
Apr 27 • 35 min
Kenya is in a state of polarization, and its democracy is at risk. Maina Kiai was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association from 2011 – 2017, and in this conversation with FSI’s Larry Diamond he…
How do you stop a pandemic in the middle of a war? on “World Class with Michael McFaul”
Apr 20 • 20 min
When we think of health in conflict zones, we usually think of the victims of violence. But more people can die due to other healthcare disruptions than they do from combat wounds. War-torn states are vulnerable to malnutrition, contaminated water, and –…
Why Can’t We Feed the World?
Apr 13 • 59 min
Dealing with world hunger has never been easy, but in recent years the challenge has less to do with natural disasters and much more to do with human conflict. In this lecture, Ertharin Cousin, former director of the World Food Programme and a visiting…
Doctors in the Crosshairs
Apr 6 • 72 min
Medical and humanitarian workers are increasingly in the crosshairs as hospitals and aid centers have become part of the battlefield in today’s wars. In this panel discussion, the producers of the new documentary, The New Barbarianism, and FSI faculty…
When the War Next Door Reaches You, on “World Class with Michael McFaul”
Mar 30 • 22 min
When jihadists get involved in civil wars, they push the conflict well beyond its original borders. Since 1990, the rate of jihadist involvement in civil conflict has jumped from 5% to 40%. What’s changed? FSI senior fellow Martha Crenshaw, a…
Why Does My Colonoscopy Cost so Much?
Mar 23 • 24 min
Ever wonder how Medicare pricing works? It affects us all more than you might think. Prices for procedures set by Medicare often trickle over to the private sector, so Medicare effectively sets the cost of procedures for the health-care market as a whole.…
Can Liberal Democracy Survive Modern Technology?
Mar 16 • 44 min
Technology is threatening liberal democracy, say Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Francis Fukuyama. The internet has revolutionized society, but too often it is exploited by authoritarian leaders and populist groups. Fake news breeds more partisanship and…
Telegrams from Tehran on “World Class with Michael McFaul”
Mar 9 • 26 min
The way Iranians interact with their government is changing. With information more readily available through the internet, it is easier for citizens to organize protests but also to make an impact without leaving home. Since the Iranian Green Movement in…
Government Can’t Save Us from Cyberattacks, but Facebook Can
Mar 2 • 23 min
The 2016 cyber campaign to influence the U.S. election has been well documented, but represents only a fraction of what information technology makes possible. Drawing on extensive experience in both the private and public sectors, Paul Stockton, the…
The Modern Civil War
Feb 23 • 22 min
Civil wars have changed. In the last 20 years, the average duration has increased and organizations like the UN have had a harder time keeping the peace. This has been particularly true in the Middle East and North Africa where most peace-keeping and…
Revolutionizing Africa’s Food Systems
Feb 16 • 94 min
Ertharin Cousin, the former Executive Director of the United Nation’s World Food Programme, leads a panel discussion on the future of African agriculture. African political leaders from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa concur that more…
The Baltics Are Back
Feb 9 • 78 min
Countries created after the Soviet Union dissolved provide a unique window into state development. The Baltic states — Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania — have emerged as geopolitical and economic leaders in Eastern Europe. Former President of Estonia and…
The Facts on Climate Change on “World Class with Michael McFaul”
Feb 2 • 23 min
Looking for a reliable source on climate change? Marshall Burke is an assistant professor in the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford University and an FSE fellow. He has studied climate change extensively throughout his career. He tells FSI…
America as a Defender of Democracy with Robert Kagan
Jan 26 • 80 min
The liberal world order that arose after World War II did not occur because of the intellectual superiority of liberal ideas, argues Dr. Robert Kagan, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Instead, it was the military and geopolitical might of the…
Are Protests in Iran Here to Stay? on “World Class with Michael McFaul”
Jan 19 • 22 min
With double-digit unemployment, widespread corruption and inequality, and a youth population ready for change, the recent protests in Iran are no surprise, says Abbas Milani, Stanford’s Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies. After…
The State of the Constitution on “World Class with Michael McFaul”
Jan 12 • 21 min
How has the United States Constitution been holding up during President Trump’s first year in office? Pretty well, says constitutional law expert Gerhard Casper. The three branches of government are still operating independently, and President Trump has…
Terrorism, Refugees and Pandemics
Dec 22, 2017 • 26 min
Civil wars are getting longer, and their consequences are starting to seep across borders to threaten other countries and, sometimes, the rest of the world. In this first episode of our series on civil wars, Karl Eikenberry and Stephen Krasner talk about…
Karl Eikenberry: China’s Arrival as a World Power on “World Class with Michael McFaul”
Dec 15, 2017 • 24 min
For years, people around the world have hailed China as a rising power. Those days are over: China has arrived. At the October 2017 Communist Party Congress, President Xi Jinping was the first Chinese leader to acknowledge China’s strength as a “great”…
Ambassador Anatoly Antonov: The U.S. and Russia
Dec 8, 2017 • 70 min
U.S.-Russian relations have reached their lowest point since the Cold War. Amidst accusations that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and Russian frustration with NATO, dialogue between the two powers has become…
Feeding Seven Billion: Ertharin Cousin, Former Director of the World Food Programme
Dec 1, 2017 • 15 min
Sustainable food systems may be the single most essential ingredient of human wellbeing. In this podcast, World Class producer Nicole Feldman interviews Ertharin Cousin, formerly the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and director of the World Food…
Solving the Migrant Crisis
Nov 17, 2017 • 27 min
Some Europeans worry about the migrants flooding their borders, but most would be willing to accept more asylum seekers if they felt the system was fair, says Jens Hainmueller. As co-director of the Stanford Immigration Policy Lab, he works with…
A Witch’s Brew of Cybersecurity Threats on “World Class with Michael McFaul”
Nov 10, 2017 • 24 min
“It feels like cyber is everywhere and yet at the same time insignificant,” says Amy Zegart, co-director of FSI’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. As cyber talk turns from how technology makes life easier to how it will doom us all,…
How Do Civil Wars Happen?
Nov 3, 2017 • 92 min
What causes civil wars and what can we do about it? Michael McFaul introduces a panel of some of FSI’s most distinguished scholars, who tackle this complex topic in a special two-volume issue of Daedalus, the journal of the American Academy of Arts and…
On the Ground in Mosul: Protecting Civilians from Modern Warfare
Oct 27, 2017 • 24 min
On the ground in Mosul, FSI senior fellow Paul Wise joined a small team to evaluate the World Health Organization (WHO)’s efforts to treat civilian casualties of war. What he found was a city destroyed but also a remarkable resilience as Iraqis begin to…
The State Of Democracy
Oct 20, 2017 • 44 min
Democracy is in jeopardy. Dictatorships are on the rise. What can we do to change the political landscape? In Stanford Reunion’s “Classes without Quizzes” series, FSI scholars explain why populism is on the rise in the United States, Europe, and the rest…
The Dark Side of the Digital Age
Oct 13, 2017 • 68 min
As the President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves witnessed firsthand a devastating cyberattack — a series of 2007 attacks that comprise one of the largest instances of state-sponsored cyberwarfare in the modern era. Now a distinguished visiting fellow at…
Heading toward Nuclear War? Siegfried Hecker on North Korea on “World Class with Michael McFaul”
Oct 6, 2017 • 26 min
Not many people can say they’ve held North Korea’s plutonium in their hands, but Siegfried Hecker has toured North Korea’s nuclear facilities four times. He was the director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and has advised several U.S. presidents on…
Feeding the World: The Uneasy Politics of American Aid
Sep 22, 2017 • 28 min
The Political History of American Food Aid: An Uneasy Benevolence is the first book to tell the history of U.S. food aid. From early discussions with James Madison to large-scale programs in the Cold War, author Barry Riley, a visiting scholar at FSI’s…
From Vietnamese Refugee to Leader for Democracy: The Life of Hoi Trinh
Sep 15, 2017 • 26 min
Hoi Trinh was born in South Vietnam. After the war ended, his family was forced to flee to Australia. Trinh rose from refugee to hot shot lawyer, but he wasn’t satisfied. He wanted to understand where he came from and to help the people who were left…
General Hayden on Election Hacks and Ransomware
Sep 8, 2017 • 38 min
New York Times editor Philip Taubman met General Michael Hayden while investigating NSA eavesdropping operations that began after 9/11. As the director of both the NSA and the CIA, Hayden experienced every facet of cybersecurity. Here, he and Taubman…
Terrorism and the Role of Radicalization on “World Class with Michael McFaul”
Sep 1, 2017 • 23 min
The term “radicalization” has become linked to Islamic terrorism, but what does it really mean? Are all terrorists radicalized? How do people become terrorists, and how has terrorism changed since the Cold War? Terrorism expert Martha Crenshaw, Senior…
Russia, China and the United States
Aug 25, 2017 • 91 min
In 1972, President Nixon famously visited China, moving away from a bilateral relationship with the Soviet Union and toward a more inclusive global conversation. Could the United States enhance its negotiating position with Russia today by improving…
Russia’s Return to Global Power on “World Class with Michael McFaul”
Aug 16, 2017 • 27 min
Welcome to the first episode of World Class with Michael McFaul. In this series, we bring you conversations between FSI Director and former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul and top researchers at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International…
Religion in China
Aug 10, 2017 • 28 min
Fifty years after the cultural revolution made religious belief illegitimate in China, it’s making a comeback. What are the religious experiences of the Chinese people today? Award-winning journalist Ian Johnson spoke at FSI’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific…
How Safe Are We? The Road to Quality Health Care
Aug 2, 2017 • 25 min
After going in for a routine procedure, a man ends up with a punctured lung and a medical emergency. A woman’s surgery goes well until her stomach is stitched up with a sponge inside. Most of us feel safe going to the doctor, but the road to high-quality…
Asymmetric Warfare at the Ballot Box
Jul 19, 2017 • 41 min
Dictators use cyberwarfare to hit democracies where it hurts - the ballot box. Former Estonian president Toomas Ilves, a visiting fellow at FSI in 2016-17, explains.
Macron, Brexit and the Future of European Politics
Jul 12, 2017 • 34 min
What can the U.K. and France’s recent elections tell us about Europe’s political climate? The Scholars’ Circle brings together three top scholars to find out. The Europe Center’s Patrick Chamorel, a senior resident scholar at the Stanford University…
Crisis in North Korea
Jul 6, 2017 • 78 min
North Korea’s nuclear capabilities are growing. What’s the rest of the world to do? APARC’s Gi-Wook Shin and Kathleen Stephens, also the former U.S. ambassador to South Korea, are joined by the Wilson Center’s James Person and CISAC visiting fellow…
Insider Threats
Jun 27, 2017 • 55 min
The greatest dangers to your organization may come from the inside. Security expert Matthew Bunn joins CISAC’s Amy Zegart and Scott Sagan to explain.
Denis McDonough, Obama Chief of Staff
Jun 21, 2017 • 77 min
President Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, visits FSI to talk about his tenure in the White House and his thoughts on its current occupants. He’s interviewed by Stanford in Government chair Libby Scholz, ‘17.
Graham Allison and Niall Ferguson on War with China
Jun 14, 2017 • 85 min
National security scholar Graham Allison speaks with the Hoover Institution’s Niall Ferguson at FSI. Allison’s new book is called “Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?”
Ivo Daalder, Former US Ambassador to NATO
Jun 6, 2017 • 65 min
What does the president’s “America First” foreign policy mean for our relationship with the rest of the world? Former US ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder visits Stanford to discuss.
Jake Sullivan, Senior Policy Advisor to Hillary Clinton
May 30, 2017 • 40 min
FSI’s William J. Perry Fellow Matthew Spence interviews Jake Sullivan, former Deputy Assistant to President Obama and National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden.
Vicente Fox, Former President of Mexico
May 22, 2017 • 79 min
Former Mexican president Vicente Fox visits Stanford University to talk about the future of US-Mexico relations.
Condoleezza Rice, Michael McFaul, Larry Diamond and Francis Fukuyama
May 9, 2017 • 81 min
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice introduces her new book, “Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom,” in discussion with fellow FSI scholars Francis Fukuyama, Larry Diamond, and Michael McFaul.
Former Estonian President Toomas Ilves
May 5, 2017 • 51 min
What’s it like to run a liberal democracy in the age of cyber attacks? Toomas Ilves, former president of Estonia, speaks with FSI director Michael McFaul.
Alexander Stubb, Former Finnish Prime Minister
Apr 28, 2017 • 73 min
Can Europe take the lead in a new world of nationalism? Finland’s former Prime Minister, Alexander Stubb, speaks at FSI.
Remember Afghanistan?
Apr 10, 2017 • 83 min
Gen. Karl Eikenberry, former US ambassador to Afghanistan, and Erik Jensen, co-director of Stanford’s Rule of Law program, talk to FSI about the status of Afghanistan today.
Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland
Apr 5, 2017 • 60 min
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon spoke at FSI in April 2017 about Brexit, her call for a new referendum on Scotland’s independence, and connections with California.
Space Junk: The Security Threat You’ve Never Thought Of
Mar 28, 2017 • 47 min
STRATCOM commander Gen. John Hyten describes the threat to American security from space. It’s not what you think.
Ambassador Karl Eikenberry on U.S. Military in Asia
Mar 21, 2017 • 36 min
Gen. Karl Eikenberry, former US ambassador to Afghanistan, offers recommendations for our military presence in Asia.
Ben Rhodes on Opening the U.S. to Cuba
Mar 13, 2017 • 96 min
Ben Rhodes, former Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications in the Obama White House, speaks to FSI about re-establishing U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Your Child Needs Medicaid
Mar 6, 2017 • 22 min
If you’re an American parent, your child needs Medicaid - no matter your income. FSI’s Paul Wise and Lisa Chamberlain explain.
Don’t Overreact: Countering Terrorism
Feb 21, 2017 • 44 min
How governments should respond to terror attacks: FSI senior fellow Martha Crenshaw and University of Maryland professor Gary LaFree discuss their new book, “Countering Terrorism.”
The European Crisis
Feb 14, 2017 • 41 min
Princeton professor Andrew Moravchik speaks at FSI’s Europe Center on the latest shock waves of world events across Europe.
Can India Ever Become a Great Power?
Feb 7, 2017 • 81 min
What does India’s rise look like in today’s Asia? Carnegie Fellow Ashley J. Tellis speaks at FSI’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, as part of a seminar series co-sponsored by Stanford’s Center on South Asia.
What Will Happen When the Wall Goes Up?
Jan 30, 2017 • 21 min
FSI senior fellow Alberto Diaz-Cayeros, director of Stanford’s Center on Latin American Studies, discusses the diplomatic and economic issues around President Trump’s order to build a border wall.
The Election from Both Sides of the Border
Jan 20, 2017 • 80 min
What will Donald Trump’s administration mean on the US’s southern border? LatinX scholars, students, and staff at Stanford discussed their response to the election in November.
Ethics in War
Jan 11, 2017 • 88 min
Are nukes ever OK to use? How can you fight insurgency without fighting civilians? FSI scholars Scott Sagan, Joe Felter and Paul Wise discuss new ethical models for new kinds of conflict.
Foreign Policy Prescriptions for the New President
Jan 4, 2017 • 68 min
From the archives: In Oct 2016, foreign policy experts Michael McFaul, Amy Zegart, Abbas Milani, Martha Crenshaw and Larry Diamond discuss the challenges of 2017.
Russia: Looking Back and Looking Ahead
Dec 20, 2016 • 96 min
What happens now with Russia? Panel discussion with former ambassador Michael McFaul, former defense secretary William Perry, former Los Alamos director Siegfried Hecker, and nuclear history professor David Holloway.
Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak
Dec 13, 2016 • 87 min
Russia’s ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, speaks at FSI about the state of US-Russia relations. Recorded on Nov 10.
Global Health Policy in 2020
Dec 6, 2016 • 31 min
What will the biggest health concerns around the world be in the next few years? Not the ones you think. Stanford Health Policy experts discuss.
Dissecting the DNC Hack
Nov 29, 2016 • 94 min
Russian hacking was a central story of the 2016 election. What should the US do about it? The Hewlett Foundation convened FSI and other experts in September to discuss.
Recapping the Presidential Election
Nov 18, 2016 • 89 min
Stanford political scientists Larry Diamond and Frank Fukuyama lead a post-election discussion and try to make sense of the surprising results.