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2002 Reuters Forum: Jihad vs. McWorld - The Clash between Fundamentalism and the Secular WorldSchool of JournalismHave the globalizing and integrating forces of technology, ecology, economics and pop culture ("McWorld") spawned a disintegral, antimodernizing fundamentalist reaction ("Jihad") that puts aggressive, commercializing secularism on a crash course with the billions of people who feel marginalized by the global economy and threatened by homogenizing consumerism and its materialist values? Hear panelists Raghida Dergham, Stephen Jukes, Ambassador Edward S. Walker Jr., and Benjamin Barber discuss these propositons. Archived webcast of a forum held January 30, 2002.
Algeria Must Revitalize Oil Industry and Reassure Underemployed WorkforceOffice of Public AffairsIn a lecture sponsored by the Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy on February 13, 2003, Chakib Khelil, Minister of Energy and Mines for the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria discussed the difficulties faced by Algeria in its transformation from a centralized planned economy to an open market economy.
Businesses Must Be a Medium of HealingBusinesses have a commercial and moral obligation to address the world's problems, said Douglas Daft, chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola company, during SIPA's Gabriel Silver Memorial Lecture on April 30, 2003. "Businesses can and must be a medium of healing: must build understanding, must improve people's lives, must cultivate trade, must participate in local economies, must contribute to economic development and must raise education levels."
Competition, Deregulation Are Keys to Reviving Japan's Economy, Says U.S. Treasury Secretary O'NeillOffice of Public AffairsU.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill says ending deflation, overcoming financial sector problems and deregulating and opening the economy to competition are crucial to revive Japan's economy; while Japanese legislator Yasuhisa Shiozaki says rules for evaluation of bank assets must be adopted.
Disaster Recovery: Communications and Information Systems in the Financial IndustryOffice of Public AffairsA joint conference of Columbia's Business School and the London School of Economics, held October 17, 2001, explored how communications and information systems in the financial industry are impacted by catastrophic events such as the attacks of September 11 and how those events influence future systems developments. Participants included Andy Snow, Eli Noam, Jonathan Liebenau, Paul Rappoport, and Thomas Dunleavy.
Effect of 1997 Asian Financial Crisis on Hong KongOffice of Public AffairsPolitically, the people of Hong Kong are vocal and they take all opportunities to voice their views, but the mood of the people was greatly affected by the 1997 Asian financial crisis, said Sarah Wu of the Hong Kong Economic Trade Council in a lecture sponsored by the East Asian Institute on February 3, 2003.
Europe and the Euro, Future Prospects Look PositiveOffice of Public AffairsThe adoption of the euro is likely to create a greater sense of communality in Europe and push the European Union to become a more unified political entity, according to experts at a SIPA lecture sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Europe on February 28, 2002.
Factors in Post-Communist Property RightsOffice of Public AffairsHilary Appel, Harriman Institute research scholar, reflects on the rapid transformation of the property rights system in post-Communist states in the 1990s.
Genes and Genomes: Impact on Medicine and Society
Columbia 250thIn celebration of its 250th anniversary, Columbia University brought together an international group of scholars and researchers for a two-day conference that explored the remarkable birth, astounding impact, and puzzling future of genetics.
How Globalization Creates Inequality Among NationsOffice of Public AffairsAs part of a lecture series offered through the School of Continuing Education, Donald Davis, Columbia professor of economics, spoke about the pros and cons of international trade and the effects on American workers at the bottom of the economic scale. View an archived webcast here.
Missteps by the Federal Reserve, International Monetary Fund Contributed to Economic Slowdown, Says Steve ForbesOffice of Public AffairsSteve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes Inc., describes the role that the Federal Reserve, International Monetary Fund, and taxes are playing in the current economic slowdown. The U.S. economy will continue to feel shocks from the war on terror, says Forbes, adding that you can not have great prosperity without a sense of security.
New Research Technologies Present Public Policy ChallengesOffice of Public AffairsNew research in areas such as cloning technology, stem cells and genetically altered food present novel public policy challenges for the U.S. government. Leon Furth, a former National Security Advisor for Vice President Al Gore, explores the impact of this trend on government, at a forum at the School of International and Public Affairs.
Overcoming New York's Fiscal, Social CrisisFelix Rohatyn, former U.S. ambassador to France and former chair of New York's Municipal Assistance Corporation compared New York City's fiscal crisis of 1975 with the city's current economic problems in SIPA's M. Moran Weston II Distinguished Lecture in Urban and Public Policy on February 23, 2003.
Press Conference: Economist Joseph Stiglitz Wins Nobel PrizeOffice of Public AffairsArchived webcast of remarks by Joseph Stiglitz, 2001 Nobel Prize winner in Economics. Stiglitz, former chief economist at the World Bank, has appointments at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), the Economics Department of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Business.
The Current Climate of GlobalizationOffice of Public AffairsFour of the world's leaders in economics and development, Columbia's Joseph Stiglitz, 2001 Nobel Prize winner in Economics; Jeffrey Sachs, director, Columbia's Earth Institute; George Soros, chairman, the Open Society Institute, and Mark Malloch-Brown, administrator, UN Development Program, debated open border trade-offs in "Globalization and Inequality" in a forum on February 28, 2003.
The Fallout from the Enron Scandal
Office of Public AffairsIn a discussion sponsored by Columbia Law School's Center for Public Interest on February 13, 2002, panelists Richard Briffault, Jeffery Gordon, Lewis Lowenstein, Cynthia Estlund, and Max Berger considered the impact of the Enron bankruptcy on campaign finance reform, the free market system, auditing practices, pension funds, and the securities industry.
The Future of Textile Manufacturing in New YorkOffice of Public AffairsAcademics and industry leaders joined together for a discussion on reviving textile manufacturing in New York and examining trade policies. The event was sponsored by the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Columbia Business School.
U.S. Should Engage China to Maintain Stable Regional Order in Asia-PacificOffice of Public AffairsSu Hao, associate professor, Department of Diplomacy at the Foreign Affairs College of China, Beijing, looks to the future world order of regional powers and the relationship between the United States and China in that world order. During a forum sponsored by SIPA's Institute for War & Peace Studies, Hao said that the United States should bring China into its alliance with Japan and South Korea in order to maintain a stable Asia-Pacific.
World Economic Forum Showcases European Values, Serves as Incubator of IdeasOffice of Public AffairsEntrepreneur and ambassador-at-large for Argentina, Martin Varsavsky, SIPA '84, said the World Economic Forum is not intended to make policy, but to showcase European values and serve as an incubator of ideas. The lecture was sponsored by the School of International and Public Affairs and the Institute of Latin American Studies.

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