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"Axis of Evil" Label Promotes Pentagon, Not State Department, AgendaOffice of Public AffairsGary Sick, acting director of the Middle East Institute, says the phrase "axis of evil," used by President Bush to refer to Iran, Iraq and North Korea, marked an attempt by the Pentagon to put the issue of nuclear nonproliferation back on the public agenda. The administration views the three nations as potential proliferators of nuclear weapons.
2003 Dinkins Forum on Affirmative ActionOn May 1, 2003, while the Supreme Court was considering the constitutionality of affirmative action in college admissions, the David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum brought policy leaders, including Lee C. Bollinger and Marvin Krislov, together to review the merits of diversity in higher education. The forum was sponsored by the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).
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.
All Eyes on the United States: The Attacks and the Aftermath in the Foreign PressOffice of Public AffairsArchived webcast of a panel held October 12, 2001 at the School of International and Public Affairs. New York-based foreign correspondents discussed their coverage of the September 11 attacks. The participants included Kirill Voronin, Tribuna, Russia; Koichi Sakai, Nikkei, Japan; Khalil Matar, Middle East Broadcasting Corporation, and Verena Lueken of Frankfurter Allgemeine of Germany.
Alliance Unity in Kosovo Helped Spell End for MilosevicOffice of Public AffairsCanadian Ambassador to NATO David Wright says the alliance's unity during the conflict in Kosovo paved the way for Slobodan Milosevic's political demise, demonstrating the value of maintaining coalitions during military actions.
America's War on Terrorism: Where Do We Go from Here?Office of Public AffairsArchived webcast of a roundtable hosted by the Institute of War and Peace Studies. Panelists included Robert Jervis, a specialist in Russian foreign policy and international politics, Richard Betts, who has served as a consultant to the National Security Council and the CIA and is director of the Institute of War and Peace Studies, and Warner Schilling, an expert in military policy and military technology.
America Should Uphold Values of Declaration of Independence Beyond its BordersOffice of Public AffairsNew Jersey Governor James McGreevey, CC '78, says America must preserve the values of the Declaration of Independence for both its citizens and all humanity. The speech came after McGreevey received the Citation of Distinction and Merit, awarded by Columbia's Alumni Federation.
Arab Support of U.S. Invasion of Iraq Could Bring Backlash from Own PeopleOffice of Public AffairsTariq Ali, author of The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity(Verso 2002), reflects on situations throughout the Middle East in a forum on April 11, 2002.
Barnard Forum: The History of Violence in Different Religious TraditionsOffice of Public AffairsArchived webcast of a community forum held October 8, 2001, which explored the landscape of religious violence amongst different traditions from Jihadi movements to Christian fundamentalists. Panelists included E. Valentine Daniel, Janet Jakobsen, Neguin Yavari, Peter Awn, Richard Bulliet, and Saeed Shafqat. The panel was moderated by Jack Hawley.
Call for Romania to Be Part of NATOOffice of Public AffairsRomanian Prime Minister Adrian Nastase renewed his call for Romania to be included in NATO during the next round of the alliance's expansion at a speech cosponsored by SIPA's Institute for the Study of Europe and Harriman Center.
Changing Character of Democracy in SuburbiaOffice of Public AffairsBenjamin Barber, Director of the New York office of The Democracy Collaborative, examines the cosmopolitan city as the forge of democracy in a global market society in a lecture sponsored by the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation on April 12, 2002. As America becomes increasingly suburban, and privately-owned malls become the social and civic center of suburban life, Barber suggests that democracy, social justice and equality suffer because "classical" public spaces disappear and access to malls by public transportation is limited.
Civil Liberties Post-September 11Office of Public AffairsWhile antiterrorism legislation has received much support, threats to civil liberties remain a concern. Floyd Abrams, noted First Amendment attorney and William J. Brennan Jr., visiting professor of First Amendment issues, moderated the third in a series of First Amendment Breakfasts hosted by the Graduate School of Journalism on December 6, 2001. Panelists included Dianne Doctor, news director of WNBC-TV; James Neal, vice president for information services and university librarian; and John Podesta, former White House chief of staff for the Clinton administration.
Civil Wars Cause Damage Long After Conflicts EndOffice of Public AffairsThe indirect, lingering effects of civil wars are at least as damaging as those during civil wars, Yale political science professor Bruce Russett said during a lecture sponsored by SIPA's Institute of War and Peace Studies. These include refugee crises, increases in crime and homicide rates and weakened health care delivery systems.
Columbia Experts Assess Media Coverage of Public Health Aspects Surrounding WTC AttacksOffice of Public AffairsIn a forum sponsored by the School of Journalism, Columbia experts in public health assessed that the media are doing a reasonable job in covering the public-health aspects of September 11. Panelists included Regina Santella, Scott Hammer, and Stephen Morse. View the archived webcast here.
Community Building Strengthens Networks and Helps Address Social, Economic IssuesOffice of Public AffairsCommunity building strengthens networks and bonds and positions communities to address a wide array of social, economic, and physical issues, SIPA's David Maurrasse, said to journalists from the Center for Community Journalism on September 20, 2002. People in the field work to bring people together and keep them informed and connected. This, he says, helps to advance where a community can go and determine how to address the issues confronting them.
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.
Constitutions, Democracy, and the Rule of Law
Columbia 250thTo kick off the celebration of Columbia University's 250th anniversary, the University hosted a distinguished group of international government leaders, philosophers, and political scientists for this two-day symposium, which considered the pressing question of how to strike the right balance between liberty and security in a post-9/11 world.
David Dinkins Leadership and Policy ForumColumbia Center for New Media Teaching and LearningOn April 29, 2002, the Center for Urban Research and Policy hosted a the 8th Annual David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum on the critical economic challenges facing New York City since the 9/11 tragedy. Scholars explored the themes "Green Buildings and Sustainable Systems" and "Sustainable Communities: Social, Economic and Environmental Justice".
Democracy and UniversitiesIn this February 2003 lecture, Columbia University president Lee C. Bollinger sketches out a theory of pluralism and tolerance that links free speech, the role of public institutions such as universities, and affirmative action.
Developing Nations and the WTOOffice of Public AffairsColumbia University Economics Professors Jagdish Bhagwati and Joseph Stiglitz and World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General Supachai Panitchpakdi discuss the future of the organization and its policies, along with their visions for the future of international trade.
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.
Domination of the Media by Major ConglomeratesOffice of Public AffairsBill Moyers moderated a November 15, 2001 panel of four journalists, who discussed how September 11 and other events of the past forty years have shaped today's journalism. Moyers focused on the emergence of a handful of conglomerate news chains.
Ethics and DemocracyOffice of Public AffairsThis symposium, held on October 3, 2002, raised ethical questions about democratic societies and how they resolve dilmmas, advance scientific inquiry and protect society. The panel also addressed the process of framing ethical issues and whether the process should be transparent. Vincent Blasi, Corliss Lamont Professor of Civil Liberties, facilitated the discussion.
European-American Relations: Past and FutureOffice of Public AffairsAmbassador Richard Holbrooke examines the crisis in European-American relations in the Donald and Vera Blinken lecture sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Europe on April 30, 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.
European Union Should Be Enlarged to Include PolandOffice of Public AffairsOne of the greatest political achievements of Poles is the nationwide consensus among Parliament, most of the political parties, politicians, non-governmental organizations, trade unions, the Catholic Church and the media, for a shared vision of Poland integrated with the Euro-Atlantic political and economic structures, NATO and the European Union, said Polish Foreign Minister Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz in a lecture on September 13, 2002.
Experts Discuss National and Local Efforts to Prepare for Bioterrorist AttacksOffice of Public AffairsIn a forum sponsored by the Mailman School of Public Health and U.S. Representative Nita Lowey, D-Westchester, a panel of experts, including outgoing Columbia President Rupp, discuss national and local efforts to prepare for bioterrorist attacks in the months since September 11.
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.
Foreign Aid and Sanctions Reinforce U.S. International ObjectivesOffice of Public AffairsBoth aid and sanctions are deeply embedded in U.S. foreign policies and are employed to reinforce and support all aspects of our international objectives, according to Peter Morici of the University of Maryland. He moderated the fourth discussion in the 2002 Reuters Forum: "Critical Issues in Global Economics" presented by the Graduate School of Journalism. James Fallows of the Atlantic Monthly, John Birlelund of UBS Warburg, and James Clad of the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID) spoke at the forum.
Former Ambassador to South Korea Analyzes Future U.S. Relationships in AsiaOffice of Public AffairsDonald P. Gregg, former ambassador to South Korea and 30-year veteran of the CIA, discusses the United States' future relationship with North and South Korea in light of post-September 11 developments.
Former OPEC President Seeks to Allay Concerns about Security of Oil SupplyOffice of Public AffairsIn a forum on February 15, 2002, former OPEC President Chakib Khelil, Algeria's Minister of Energy and Mines, said oil-consuming nations should be confident about the security of their oil supply because of an interdependent relationship with oil-producing nations, which rely on revenues generated by crude oil sales.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar Examines U.S. Relations with Qatar, Gulf States after September 11Office of Public AffairsArchived webcast of comments by Patrick Theros, former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar and president and executive director of the U.S.-Qatar Business Council. Theros examined the impact of U.S. relations with Qatar and the Gulf states after the September 11 attacks, noting that strategic and security relations with those states since World War II have been characterized by ups and downs.
France's View of the State of the World since September 11Office of Public AffairsIn this November 14, 2001, webcast, Hubert Vedrine, foreign minister of France, discusses the state of the world since September 11 and cautions that other important issues such as the management of globalization, the creation of a Palestinian state and the issues facing the European Union, should not be forgotten.
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.
Globalization's Discontents: Is Democracy Being Eroded?Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and LearningArchived webcast of a Reuters Forum panel, January 31, 2001. Panelists included Benjamin Barber, Rutgers University; Patrick Buchanan, author and former Presidential candidate; Steve Coll, Washington Post; and Edward Mortimer, United Nations. (Requires RealPlayer)
Global Terrorism and International ResponsesOffice of Public AffairsArchived webcast of Professor Stephen Sestanovich, a former ambassador at large, describing how the September attacks create opportunities for a stable relationship between the U.S. and Russia. Other panelists at this roundtable, held October 16, 2001, included SIPA Dean Lisa Anderson and Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Radha Kumar.
Gorbachev: Russia "Needs Time to Succeed" as DemocracyOffice of Public AffairsMikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet president, says that today Russia is making gains, although it may take several generations for the former superpower to assert its presence as a successful democratic state. "Remember, America's democracy has evolved over 200 years," he says. "We need time to succeed."
Haitian Revolution Ignored by Western HistoriansOffice of Public AffairsThe Haitian Revolution of 1804 has been ignored by western historians, even though it went further in "the redemption of humanity" than did the French or American Revolutions, says Leslie Voltaire, minister of Haitians Living Abroad and the top aide to Haiti's President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Historical Reflections on September 11thOffice of Public AffairsArchived webcasts from Columbia's Center for Historical Social Sciences roundtable discussion, held October 5, 2001. Experts analyzed the historical impact of the September 11 attacks and how they are likely to alter future events and trends. Participants included Alan Brinkley, an expert in twentieth-century American history, Eric Foner, a specialist on the Civil War, slavery and nineteenth century America, and Ira Katznelson, an expert in political theory, race relations, and urban politics.
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.
How to Balance Human Security, Prosperity in Age of GlobalizationOffice of Public AffairsThe forces of globalization are bringing down social and economic barriers around the world, producing both prosperity and hardship, and an increased threat to human security. The cochairs of the Commission on Human Security, Amartya Sen and Sadako Ogata, discuss ways to ensure human rights and economic prosperity in the age of globalization at a forum on March 27, 2002, sponsored by SIPA's East Asia Institute.
How Will September 11 Affect NATO?Office of Public AffairsOn February 21, 2002, "The United States and the Second Round of NATO Enlargement," cosponsored by Columbia's East Central European Center, Institute for the Study of Europe, Harriman Institute and Institute for War and Peace Studies as well as the U.S. Army War College, addressed changes in the international terrain that have resulted from the September 11 terrorist attacks and how it will affect NATO.
Human Capital: Are Governments Placing Market Development Above Human Development?Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and LearningArchived webcast of a Reuters Forum panel, March 29, 2000. (Requires RealPlayer)
Impact and Significance of War with IraqOffice of Public AffairsOusting Saddam Hussein in a war with Iraq would alleviate multiple U.S. security concerns, but such a conflict could bring about unwanted consequences, panelists contended, at a roundtable discussion sponsored by the Institute of War and Peace Studies at SIPA on September 23, 2002.
Impact of War in Iraq on U.S. Economic PolicyOffice of Public AffairsDuring a roundtable sponsored by the Columbia Faculty Peace Committee, panelists discussed the Iraq war's impact on poverty and suggested that President Bush's $87 billion budget proposal for Iraq be reallocated towards other economic interests such as alternative energy research and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS program.
Integration of Substance Abuse Treatment and Domestic Violence Intervention ProgramsOffice of Public AffairsTraditionally, social service organizations have been unable or unwilling to confront the dual reality of substance abuse and domestic violence. A School of Social Work forum recently convened a panel to explore practice models that combine substance abuse treatment with services for victims of domestic violence.
Is Democracy the Best Option for Rebuilding Iraq?Office of Public AffairsRichard Betts, Robert Jervis, and Warner Shilling, Saltzman War and Peace Institute and SIPA professors, discussed the paradoxes that pose a threat to Iraqi reconstruction. In an forum on April 10, 2003, three questioned whether democracy is the best course of action in reconstructing Iraq and agreed that it will take the United States a substantial amount of time and financial support to accomplish.
Islam and Democracy: Managing Change in Contemporary IranOffice of Public AffairsArchived webcast of a talk by Ali M. Ansari, University of Durham, held at the Middle East Institute, on September 20, 2001.
Israeli and Palestinian Perspectives on the Future of the Oslo AccordsOffice of Public AffairsAs the crisis in the Middle East escalates, Israeli and Palestinian academics discuss the impact of the Oslo process on their societies, and why it has thus far failed to achieve a lasting peace. This forum, held April 25, 2002, was sponsored by SIPA's Middle East Institute.
Israeli Election Results Show Increased Fragmentation of SocietyThe results of the recent Israeli election indicate the increased fragmentation of Israeli society and the decline of the dominance of the security dimension and the classic left-right continuum it characterized, said Rebecca Kook, professor at Ben Gurion University in Israel, in a lecture sponsored by SIPA's Middle East Institute on February 6, 2003.
Japan's Aggressive Approach to Combating TerrorismOffice of Public AffairsRaisuke Miyawaki, a former senior official of Japan's National Police Agency, outlined his country's approach to combating terrorism in a lecture sponsored by SIPA's East Asian Institute, describing existing measures and newly established ones to confront bioterrorism, chemical terrorism and cyberterrorism.
Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi Key to His Party's SurvivalGerald CurtisAt a lecture sponsored by SIPA's East Asian Institute on December 5, 2001, Columbia political scientist Gerald Curtis said Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is trying to reform his party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Without responding to changes in Japanese society, Curtis said, the LDP will collapse.
Keys to Ending Separatist ConflictsOffice of Public AffairsDavid Timberman, SIPA alumnus, consultant, and independent scholar, offers case study examples of separatism and how democratic politics affects the responses to separatism in four Asian countries: the Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India. Among the key ingredients for peacefully ending separatist conflicts, Timberman recommends reversing the escalation of grievance, preserving basic human political rights in the conflict area, and designing multi-dimensional responses.
Late 20th Century Genocide and Civil WarOffice of Public AffairsConflicts within nations steadily and dangerously displaced interstate wars as the major sites of collective violence after World War II, says Charles Tilly, the Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science, in his lecture on March 12, 2002. Later 20th century conflicts increasingly took the form of genocide and civil war, increasing the proportion of civilian death in armed conflict.
Leading Experts Discuss the Future of New York City's WaterwaysOffice of Public AffairsArchived webcast of leading experts and environmentalists assessing the health and vitality of New York City's harbor and chief waterway, the Hudson River. The panel discussion was cosponsored by the New York Conservation Education Fund and the Columbia Earth Institute.
Legal Implications of the Domestic Response to September 11Office of Public AffairsArchived webcast of a Law School forum held October 3, 2001, which explored racial profiling before and after the attack and electronic surveillance under current and proposed laws. The forum was moderated by Law School Dean David Leebron and Vice Dean Michael Dorf; participants included law professors Kimberle Crenshaw and Debra Livingston, and Jeffrey Fagan, professor in the School of Public Health.
Lower Development in Children of Working MothersOffice of Public AffairsFull-time employment by mothers by the ninth month of their child's life is associated with poorer cognitive and verbal development for these children at age three, says Teachers College Professor Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, referring to the findings of a study conducted by professors at Columbia Teachers College and Columbia's School of Social Work.
Maintaining International Coalition to Battle TerrorismOffice of Public AffairsIn this webcast of a lecture delivered on January 24, 2002, former Senator George Mitchell says that one illusion buried in the rubble of the World Trade Center is the notion that the United States can go it alone, withdrawing from multilateral efforts, refusing to pay our dues at the UN, and repudiating treaties.
Malcolm X's Daughter Celebrates New BookOffice of Public AffairsIlyasah Shabazz celebrates her new book, Growing Up X (One World 2002), a coming-of-age memoir about how she overcame expectations based on being Malcolm X's daughter. From the Audubon Ballroom, where her father was assassinated in 1965, Shabazz remarks that over the years she has discovered a "beautiful energy" at the site, which now includes a mural of the highlights of Malcolm X's life.
Military Pay Will Eventually Compete with Other Defense NeedsOffice of Public AffairsMilitary pay will eventually compete with other national defense needs, says Michael O'Hanlon, Adjunct Professor at SIPA and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Noting that most military personnel are paid as well or better than their civilian counterparts, he proposes that pay increases above the rate of inflation should be limited to military personnel in specialty areas.
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.
Muslim Americans in the News, Before and After 9/11Office of Public AffairsBrigitte Nacos, adjunct political science professor, shares results of a study about media coverage of Muslim and Arab Americans before and after September 11.
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.
Nuclear Terrorism and South AsiaOffice of Public AffairsIn a lecture given on September 18, 2002, Hasan-Askari Rizvi, independent scholar, former professor of Pakistan Studies at Columbia and author of Military, State and Society in Pakistan (MacMillan, 2000), said terrorists are unlikely to acquire nuclear weapons from India and Pakistan because these weapon components are stored separately and away from delivery mechanisms.
NYC Mayor Bloomberg Warns Against "Rush to Judgement" in Rebuilding WTC SiteOffice of Public AffairsNew York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned against a "rush to judgment" in deciding how to rebuild the World Trade Center site during the keynote address at the eighth annual Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum on April 29, 2002. At the forum, Columbia announced the launch of the Dinkins Archives and Oral History Project, which will include an archive of former Mayor David Dinkins' official and personal papers and correspondence.
Oil, History, and Politics in IraqOffice of Public Affairs"Iraq was made for oil, it was made by oil, and it may be undone by oil," said Oystein Noreng, FINA Chair for Petroleum Economics and Management at the Norwegian School of Management. Columbia's Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy sponsored the lecture on October 30, 2002.
Pakistan Backed Crackdown on Militant Islamic Activity Before September 11Office of Public AffairsIn a lecture was sponsored by the Southern Asian Institute, Hasan-Askari Rizvi, an independent scholar and former Professor of Pakistan Studies at Columbia, said Pakistan's President Musharraf backed a crackdown on militant Islamic activity in his country prior to September 11.
Political Implications of Humanitarian Assistance in AfghanistanPatrice Page, Roy Williams, William NashOn December 5, 2001, a panel of experts debated the implications of U.S. humanitarian relief coupled with military activity in Afghanistan in a forum cosponsored by the Humanitarian Affairs Program, the Humanitarian Affairs Working Group, the Conflict Resolution Program and the Institute of War and Peace Studies at SIPA.
Population Control in ChinaIn the global rights field, population is the most important variable, said Michael Santoro, business professor at Rutgers University. China's population control decisions are made largely as a function of political will and power, not a function of rational public policy. In the countryside, where there are the fewest job opportunities, the government is more lenient about population control, he said in a lecture sponsored by Weatherhead East Asian Institute on April 29, 2003.
Post-9/11 Immigration PolicyOffice of Public AffairsThe fundamentals of immigration policy and the United States' commitment to continuing to be a nation of immigrants have been upheld post-9/11 depiste substantial opposition, said Doris Meissner, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace at the fifth discussion in the 2002 Reuters Forums on Global Economics, presented by the Graduate School of Journalism on April 10, 2002.
Post-Communist Countries Need Rule of LawOffice of Public Affairs"All new-born democracies in post-communist countries are badly in need of the rule of law," said Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica in a lecture. He summarized the past, present, and future of the rule of law in Yugoslavia and the Balkans during a lecture sponsored by The Harriman Institute on September 13, 2002.
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.
Rebuilding UN Peacekeeping OperationsOffice of Public AffairsIn this SIPA-sponsored forum on April 2, 2002, panelists considered the future of UN peacekeeping, the activities of the media in international crises, corporate responsibility in international conflict, and the role of the military in peace operations.
Rogue Democracies: Do Elite Interests Control Access to Real Political Power?Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and LearningArchived webcast of a Reuters Forum panel, April 18, 2001. Panelists included Nancy Zucker Boswell, Transparency International-USA; Nitin Desai, United Nations; and Mark Schmitt, Open Society Institute (invited). (Requires RealPlayer)
Role of the Press in Protecting Civil LibertiesOffice of Public AffairsThe media plays an important role in defending civil liberties, according to a panel sponsored by the Scholars and Fellowships Office of Columbia College, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Graduate School of Journalism. Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, moderated this December 7, 2001 discussion with panelists Eve Burton, James Carey,and Carol Nunnelley.
Roots of TerrorismOffice of Public AffairsArchived webcast of a human rights forum representing international perspectives on the September 11 tragedies. The participants included Azza Karam, director of the Women's Program at the World Conference on Religion and Peace; Purnaka L. de Silva, head of Leadership Programmes at the United Nations University; and Randy Rydell, senior political affairs officer at the Office of the Under-Secretary General, Department for Disarmament Affairs at the United Nations.
Roundtable: Global Terrorism and International ResponsesOffice of Public AffairsArchived webcast of a blitz roundtable held September 26, 2001 at the School of International and Public Affairs. Panelists included foreign policy and military experts Richard Betts, Gary Sick, Robert Legvold, and Kimberly Zisk.
Scientific Advances Must Be Used to Benefit Underdeveloped WorldOffice of Public AffairsJohn Mutter, Associate Vice Provost of the Earth Institute at Columbia, says scientific advances must be used to benefit the underdeveloped world. Mutter was part of the six-member delegation from the Earth Institute attending the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, through September 3, 2002.
Security Relations Between the U.S. and China After September 11Office of Public AffairsKurt Campbell, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, analyzed how the September 11 attacks altered the security relationship between the U.S. and China at a lecture sponsored by SIPA's Institute of War and Peace Studies on October 23, 2001.
SIPA, London School of Economics Team Up to Create Dual Degree ProgramOffice of Public AffairsThe School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) are developing a master of public administration dual degree program. The announcement included a roundtable discussion on September 27, 2002, on privatization, the environment, and immigration, featuring SIPA and LSE faculty.
SIPA Forum Discusses Terrorist Attacks and U.S. ResponseOffice of Public AffairsIn a SIPA sponsored forum held September 12, 2001, "After the Bombings," experts discussed the origins of the World Trade Center terrorist attack and the long term objectives of a U.S. response. Panelists included Dean Lisa Anderson, Gary Sick, and Richard Bulliet.
SIPA Talk Focuses on New Defense Priorities for United States.Office of Public AffairsIn a talk sponsored by the Institute of War and Peace Studies, Cindy Williams, a former Pentagon analyst, discussed the strategies and mindset of the Department of Defense in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
Six Months after 9/11: Response, Rebuilding and ReconciliationOffice of Public AffairsFrom peacekeeping efforts in Afghanistan to rebuilding lower Manhattan, a panel discussion sponsored by the School of International and Public Affairs on March 11, 2002, explored the varied issues surrounding the aftermath of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Slovenia's Ambassador to UN Emphasizes Common Ground with United States to Advocate for Inclusion in NATOOffice of Public AffairsErnest Petric, Slovenia's ambassador to the United Nations, emphasized his nation's common ground with the United States in advocating for Slovenia's inclusion in NATO.
State of the Planet 2004: Mobilizing the Sciences to Fight Global Poverty
The third biennial "State of the Planet" conference was hosted by the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Global decision makers and leading scientists offered a roadmap to sustainable development in the twenty-first century.
Taiwan's December Elections and ChinaOffice of Public AffairsPolitical Science professor Andrew Nathan, who coedited The Tiananmen Papers, a compilation of the Chinese government's deliberations from April to June 1989, said Taiwan's December 1, 2001 election results are unlikely to encourage China to resume talks with Taiwan, despite gains by the moderate Democratic Progressive Party. The December 10, 2001 lecture was sponsored by SIPA's East Asian Institute.
The Conflict in Iraq: A SIPA PerspectiveFour experts–Dirk Salomons, Gary Sick, Peter Danchin, and Steven Sestanovich8211;discussed the situation in Iraq in this SIPA forum on April 8, 2003.
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 Emerging Ethnic MediaOffice of Public AffairsArchived webcast of Dennis Swanson, president and general manager of WNBC-4, delivering the keynote address at a conference sponsored by the Center for Urban Research and Policy. Referring to the numerous ethnic and language groups in New York City, Swanson examines the ways in which the ethnic media affect the political, economic, social and cultural life of the city.
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 Fight Against Terrorism and Its Human Rights ImplicationsOffice of Public AffairsArchived webcast of a Law School forum held October 2, 2001, which explored how America can respond effectively to the terrorist threat in a manner consistent with our commitment to constitutional principles. Speakers included Ellen Chapnick, assistant dean, Columbia Law School; David Cole, professor of law, Georgetown University Law Center; and Michael Ratner, vice president, Center for Constitutional Rights, and lecturer at Columbia Law School.
The First Amendment and International NewsOffice of Public AffairsAs news coverage around the world grows increasingly difficult—and critical—three veteran editors met on April 3, 2002, to discuss the challenges and dangers facing correspondents. "Reporting the World: Whose Rules," the most recent in a series of First Amendment Breakfasts sponsored by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, explores specific issues facing the media abroad.
The Future of Social SecurityWestern governments, including that of the United States, have lost confidence in traditional social security systems, and in the future social protection will be based on a "multi-pillared approach" of public and private responsibility, said Dalmer Hoskins, secretary general of the International Social Security Agency, in a lecture sponsored by the School of Social Work on February 26, 2002.
The Israeli Perspective on the New TerrorismOffice of Public AffairsIsraeli terrorism expert Boaz Ganor says modern terrorists seek to personalize attacks by striking targets that are well-traveled by the public. Gabor says such attacks are intended to create psychological damage to the population
The Making of Modern Iraq: 1915–25Office of Public Affairs"The Making of Modern Iraq, 1915–25," a conference held on April 2, 2003, examines the creation of Iraq by the British after World War II, U.S. policy in the region, and possible scenarios for the current reconstruction process. The conference was sponsored by SIPA's Middle East Institute and the Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy.
The New Terrorism: Beyond September 11Office of Public AffairsIn a roundtable discussion held on December 4, 2001, three terrorism experts – Ehud Sprinzak, Gustavo Gorriti, and Martha Crenshaw – looked beyond the September 11 attacks in describing the "new terrorism" of the 21st century. Sponsored by the School of International and Public Affairs and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation,
The Origins of Current Bush Doctrine on Iraq
Office of Public AffairsElements of the current Bush foreign policy doctrine, including acting pre-emptively and unilaterally, can been found in President Bush's major speeches post-Sept. 11. Gary Sick, acting director of SIPA's Middle East Institute, traces the origins of Bush's policies back to a Defense Department study that recommends creating proactive strategies to shape the world and argues for the need to prevent the rise of another superpower.
The Real Risks of Lending to Russia: Should the G7 Continue to Bail It Out?Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and LearningArchived webcast of a Reuters Forum panel, March 8, 2000. (Requires RealPlayer)
The State of Arab DevelopmentOffice of Public AffairsClovis Maksound, Director of the Center of Global South at American University, discussed Arab nationalism and the entities impeding an Arab national identity. The Arab region is a "rich nation of poor people," which is a problem that must be resolved in the future, he said during a lecture sponsored by the Middle East Institute on October 10, 2002.
The War on Terrorism and the Future of AfghanistanOffice of Public AffairsBarnett Rubin, an NYU professor, examined the war on terrorism and Afghanistan's future in a SIPA-sponsored lecture held October 24, 2001. Rubin is one of the foremost experts on Afghanistan in the United States.
U.S.-Japanese Security Relationship Mutes Trade BitternessOffice of Public AffairsTom Foley, former ambassador to Japan, discussed current and future issues in the relationship between the United States and Japan during the Weatherhead Policy Forum sponsored by SIPA's East Asian Institute. The existence of a security relationship between the countries mutes trade bitterness on both sides, said Foley. If we were taking retaliatory economic actions back-and-forth, it might begin to change the security relationship, which Foley sees as problematic for both countries.
U.S.-Saudi Relations in a Post-September 11th WorldOffice of Public AffairsPrince Abdullah F. Alsaud, chair of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, said the September 11 terrorist attacks will not damage his country's relationship with the United States, an association that dates back to the 1930s. By pushing aside the rhetoric and focusing on the facts, he says the United States can better understand its relationship with Saudi Arabia, and that nation's special role in the Middle East.
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.
United States-French Rift over IraqPanelists at "Freedom Fries: A Conference on the French-American Rift over Iraq" suggest that the United States-French rift over Iraq is one of the most serious in the countries' 250-year relationship. But panelists argue, there is still much more that unites the United States and France than divides them. The spring conference was sponsored by Columbia's Institute for the Study of Europe and History Department, the French-American Foundation and the Sterling Currier Fund.
War on Terror is Not Foreign Policy, Its American PrimacyOffice of Public AffairsLeading faculty offer interim assessments on the September 11 attacks and the resulting U.S. foreign policy and war on terrorism during a SIPA panel discussion on September 11, 2002. American primacy is one of the main reasons for the war on terror, says Richard Betts.
Why Terrorists Need the MediaOffice of Public AffairsOver-coverage by the media of terrorist attacks may provide an incentive to terrorists, said Brigitte Nacos, associate professor of Political Science. In this webcast, Nacos discusses how terrorists depend on the media to inform the world of their deeds.
With Us or Against Us? The Attacks and the Aftermath in Russia, Europe, East Asia, Africa and Latin AmericaOffice of Public AffairsThis panel, held November 9, 2001, included faculty from the School of International and Public Affairs: John Micgiel (Europe), Xiaobo Lu (East Asia), Susan Burgerman (Latin America), Catharine Nepomnyashchy (Russia) and Kiki Edozie (Africa).
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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