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    • The Dignity Deficit

    • By: Arthur C. Brooks
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 27 mins
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    The anger of less educated white voters in rural and exurban areas that Trump tapped into so effectively has been building for half a century. Its roots lie in Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” and only by understanding the mistakes made in that war can politicians hope to heal the country’s wounds.

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    • An Internet Whole and Free

    • By: Kal Raustiala
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 18 mins
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    The Obama administration did not give away the Internet by freeing the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to act autonomously. In fact, its actions will protect the best of the Internet: its openness, diversity, and resilience.

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    • The Game Theory of Terrorism

    • By: Jacob Olidort
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 15 mins
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    At what point does an extremist become a violent extremist? As the world - wakened by the recent terrorist attacks in Baghdad, Beirut, Paris, and now in California and London, too - struggles to defeat the Islamic State (also called ISIS), the answer is more important than ever.

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    • Why Putin Took Crimea

    • By: Daniel Treisman
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 28 mins
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    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s seizure of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in early 2014 was the most consequential decision of his 16 years in power. By annexing a neighboring country’s territory by force, Putin overturned in a single stroke the assumptions on which the post–Cold War European order had rested. The question of why Putin took this step is of more than historical interest.

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    • Russia and China's Enduring Alliance

    • By: Jacob Stokes
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 11 mins
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    Several commentators have suggested that U.S. President Donald Trump should take any efforts to warm relations with Russia one step further and try to enlist Moscow’s help in balancing a rising China. The problem for Trump is that Sino-Russian ties have been improving more or less steadily since the waning years of the Cold War.

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    • How America Lost Faith in Expertise

    • By: Tom Nichols
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 34 mins
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    We are moving beyond a natural skepticism regarding expert claims to the death of the ideal of expertise itself. This is a bad thing. If trust in experts dissipates, expertise will serve not the public interest, but the interest of whatever clique is paying its bills. And such an outcome is already perilously near.

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    • Russia's Perpetual Geopolitics

    • By: Stephen Kotkin
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 26 mins
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    For half a millennium, Russian foreign policy has been characterized by soaring ambitions that have exceeded the country’s capabilities. Beginning with the reign of Ivan the Terrible in the sixteenth century, Russia managed to expand at an average rate of 50 square miles per day for hundreds of years, eventually covering one-sixth of the earth’s landmass. By 1900, it was the world’s fourth or fifth-largest industrial power and the largest agricultural producer in Europe.

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    • China's Great Awakening

    • By: Ian Johnson
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 29 mins
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    In present-day China, hundreds of millions of people are turning to faith for answers they cannot find elsewhere in their radically secular society. This burst of religious activity poses risks for the Chinese Communist Party and as Beijing pursues a new, harder line on social change, striking the delicate balance between toleration and repression may become harder.

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    • What Caused Capitalism?

    • By: Jeremy Adelman
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 31 mins
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    Once upon a time, smart people thought the world was flat. As globalization took off, economists pointed to spreading market forces that allowed consumers to buy similar things for the same prices around the world.

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    • Putin’s Foreign Policy

    • By: Fyodor Lukyanov
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 24 mins
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    In February, Moscow and Washington issued a joint statement announcing the terms of a “cessation of hostilities” in Syria - a truce agreed to by major world powers, regional players, and most of the participants in the Syrian civil war. Given the fierce mutual recriminations that have become typical of US-Russian relations in re-cent years, the tone of the statement suggested a surprising degree of common cause.

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    • The Clean Energy Revolution

    • By: Varun Sivaram, Teryn Norris
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 25 mins
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    As the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris came to a close in December 2015, foreign ministers from around the world raised their arms in triumph. Indeed, there was more to celebrate in Paris than at any prior climate summit. Before the conference, over 180 countries had submitted detailed plans to curb their greenhouse gas emissions. And after two weeks of intense negotiation, 195 countries agreed to submit new, stronger plans every five years.

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    • China’s Race Problem

    • By: Gray Tuttle
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 25 mins
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    For all the tremendous change China has experienced in recent decades - phenomenal economic growth, improved living standards, and an ascent to great-power status - the country has made little progress when it comes to the treatment of its ethnic minorities, most of whom live in China’s sparsely populated frontier regions.

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    • Trump and China

    • By: Susan Shirk
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 21 mins
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    To channel China’s ambition in a positive direction while protecting the United States’ own interests, Washington should keep its longstanding, prudent approach to China. Both countries would lose if it provoked a trade war, an arms race, or a military confrontation. But the United States can and should stand up to China more often.

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    • Race in the Modern World

    • By: Kwame Anthony Appiah

    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 27 mins
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    In 1900, in his “Address to the Nations of the World” at the first Pan-African Conference, in London, W. E. B. Du Bois proclaimed that the “problem of the 20th century” was “the problem of the color-line, the question as to how far differences of race - which show themselves chiefly in the color of the skin and the texture of the hair - will hereafter be made the basis of denying to over half the world the right of sharing to their utmost ability the opportunities and privileges of modern civilization.”

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    • World Order 2.0

    • By: Richard Haass
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 25 mins
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    For nearly four centuries, since the Peace of Westphalia, the concept of sovereignty has occupied the core of what international order there has been. But an approach to international order premised solely on respect for sovereignty is no longer sufficient. Today’s circumstances call for an updated operating system—call it World Order 2.0—that includes not only the rights of sovereign states but also those states’ obligations to others.

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    • China and the World

    • By: Evan A. Feigenbaum
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 24 mins
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    China’s rise has earned it a larger international role, but it is still reluctant to accept the responsibilities that accompany its new power. To make the U.S.-Chinese relationship work, Washington needs to pick its fights more carefully, accept constructive Chinese initiatives, and maintain pressure in areas vital to U.S. interests.

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    • The International Criminal Court on Trial

    • By: Stuart Reid
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 16 mins
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    Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, talks to Foreign Affairs about the court’s achievements and challenges, why so few people have been convicted, and whether the court has a bias towards African cases.

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    • Ending Endless War

    • By: Andrew J. Bacevich
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 30 mins
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    During the Cold War, the United States preferred to husband, rather than expend, its military power. The idea was not to fight but to defend, deter, and contain, a cold peace infinitely preferable to nuclear cataclysm. When US policymakers strayed from this principle, attempting to unify the Korean Peninsula in 1950 or deploying combat troops to Vietnam in the 1960s, the results proved unhappy in the extreme.

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    • The Return of Europe's Nation-States

    • By: Jakub Grygiel
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 19 mins
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    Europe currently finds itself in the throes of its worst political crisis since World War II. Across the continent, traditional political parties have lost their appeal as populist, Euroskeptical movements have attracted widespread support. Hopes for European unity seem to grow dimmer by the day. The euro crisis has exposed deep fault lines between Germany and debt-ridden southern European states, including Greece and Portugal.

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    • The Fusion of Civilizations

    • By: Kishore Mahbubani, Lawrence H. Summers
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 24 mins
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    The mood of much of the world is grim these days. Turmoil in the Middle East, causing hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions of refugees; random terrorist attacks across the globe; geopolitical tensions in eastern Europe and Asia; the end of the commodity supercycle; slowing growth in China; and economic stagnation in many countries - all have combined to feed a deep pessimism about the present and, worse, the future.

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