Europe’s East (WP1360)

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We discuss the frictions on Europe’s eastern boundaries and ask who is to blame. We talk about the complications with having States in between Russia and the West that aren’t aligned and the ethnic Russian groups along Europe’s eastern boundary. Contributors: Ian Bond, Director of Foreign Policy, Centre for European Reform, London Maria Lipman, Visiting […]

Universal values and rights (WP1375)

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We discuss how to make sure treaties are adhered to and ask what extent current and historic human rights are being dealt with. Finally we ask if the UN is facing a new challenge to reinforce universal values around the world. Contributors: Michael O’Flaherty, Established Professor of Human Rights Law; Director, Irish Centre for Human […]

Women led businesses around the world (WP1362)

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We ask if men think enough about the opportunities that women could bring to business and what’s getting in the way of businesses thriving. We discuss what the role of governments are and if enough is being done to support girls. Contributors: Sue Lawton, Global Advisor, WEConnect International, St Ippolyts Bola Olabisi, Founder and Chief […]

Learning through direct experience – Timor Leste (WP1355)

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We ask what we should know about Timor Leste, what the g7+ is, and how it arose. We discuss how you persuade nations that have gone through war that the power and value of experience exceeds the power and value of academic knowledge? Contributor: Helder da Costa, General Secretary, G7+ Secretariat, Ministry of Finance, Dili, […]

Pathogenic organisms used as a weapon of war (WP1342)

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We discuss how the public health issue is related to the biological weapons issue. We ask if the potential for biological weapons has increased and what we can do to prevent crimes associated with them. Contributors: Jez Littlewood, Assistant Professor, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA), Carleton University, Ottawa Amy Smithson, Senior Fellow, James […]

Synthetic biology (WP1342)

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We talk about what it is and what opportunities it can offer us and why so many young people are getting involved. We discuss the threats and risks surrounding the misuse of it and ask how the ethical side of the issue is dealt with. Contributors: Filippa Lentzos, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Social Science, […]

The Arms Trade Treaty (WP1341)

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We talk about the significance of the treaty being signed by 50 states and why is it so important to the British government. We discuss the role of NGOs, why industry is interested and what happens now that the treaty is in force. Contributors: Jessica Hand, Head, Arms Export Policy Department, Directorate for Defence and […]

Relations between the UK, Germany and the rest of the world (WP1320)

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Changes in Germany over the past 100 years and the extent that nationhood matters to Britain and German. We discuss how the defence relationship differs to the economic one and what influence each country has over the other. Contributors: Simon McDonald, Ambassador, British Embassy, Berlin Michael Hinterdobler Director, Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the […]

The UN in some of the toughest places in the world (WP1336)

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Weask what peacekeeping means for the UN, where they get their resources from and what their challenges are.We also discuss how you get people to participate in discussions. Lastly, we discuss what the future holds for the UN. Contributors: Edmond Mulet, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), United Nations, New York […]