Asked by Jack Glore, from William Paterson University
Civil institutions are critical pillars of democratic accountability—without them, democracy remains elusive, regardless of the laws written in constitutions. This is particularly true in countries dependent on oil and other natural resource wealth, and those struggling to realize democratic transitions.
Valerie Amos, undersecretary-general and emergency relief coordinator at the United Nations, joins Columbia University's George Rupp, to discuss the realities and challenges of humanitarian work around the world today.
Helen Clark discusses the 2013 Human Development Report, The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World. The report identifies more than forty developing countries that have done better than expected in human development in recent decades, with their progress accelerating markedly over the past ten years.
Controversial environmental scientist Bjorn Lomborg discusses his latest Foreign Affairs article, "Environmental Alarmism, Then and Now: The Club of Rome's Problem—and Ours," and the Rio+20 summit, arguing that the world is focusing too much on environmentalism and climate change, and not enough on confronting the lack of economic growth in the developing world.
Speaker: Joseph Torsella Presider: Celina B. Realuyo
The United Nations is facing a growing range of transnational challenges in a time of increasingly scarce resources. Ambassador Joseph Torsella, U.S. representative to the United Nations for management and reform, discusses the U.S. role in working toward a more effective and efficient United Nations.
As fighting continues in Libya between anti- and pro-government forces, the Obama administration has warned that it is considering all options, including military intervention. Conflict prevention expert Micah Zenko and international law expert Matthew Waxman discuss the Obama administration's options in Libya and their implications.
CFR's Stewart M. Patrick discussed the findings of his recent Council Special Report "UN Security Council Enlargement and U.S. Interests," coauthored with Kara C. McDonald, with students, as part of CFR's Academic Conference Call series.
Speaker: James D. Wolfensohn Presider: Richard Stengel
James D. Wolfensohn, chairman of Wolfensohn & Company, LLC, reflects on the highlights of his career including how his career began, his tenure as president of the World Bank, and the importance of community development.
Speaker: Justin Yifu Lin Presider: Harry G. Broadman
Listen to Justin Yifu Lin, chief economist and senior vice president at the World Bank, discuss how stimulus measures may be applied to boost global demand, taking into account the challenges such efforts face in poor nations, emerging economies, and wealthy countries alike.
The interactive Global Governance Monitor tracks, maps, and evaluates multilateral efforts to address today's global challenges.
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The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
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