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“There is no one in the chain of command that has the authority to stop the president [from launching a nuclear weapon],” Blair explained. “Under the current protocol, the president has the unilateral power to order a first strike without apparent cause. The president has carte blanche; he is, as we sometimes like to say, the nuclear monarch.”
Lewinksy has been an outspoken advocate against cyberbullying and she discussed her experiences with it in at the Forbes 30 Under 30 summit in October 2014. Since then, she has delivered a TED talk advocating for a compassionate internet culture and written the introduction to a recent book about cyberbullying.
“Don’t you hate it when you’re reading a book and you get the impression that the writer is sitting there with a keyboard and a thesaurus?” Grisham asked.
“Let’s to go the Moon in a new way,” said Dr. Johann-Dietrich Woerner, Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), in a lecture on Oct. 6 about the advancement of space exploration and ESA’s goals to venture farther into the universe.
Jonathan Weisberg, former employee at the Boeing Company, JetBlue Airways, and founder of Weekend Jetsetters, shared his thoughts and advice on the aviation industry and travel efficiency in a talk on Tuesday, Sept. 26.
“He’s a smart guy, and he knows he’s a smart guy,” said journalist Peter Baker about former President Barack Obama in a talk at the Woodrow Wilson School yesterday.
“What emerges from my case studies is striking, and contradicts a lot of our conventional expectations,” Handley noted. “Business can in fact be a key responder, sometimes even responding in advance of the state.”
“My story is just one story among thousands of Yazidi families,” said Nadia Murad, a human rights activist who was formerly held captive by the Islamic State.
“Climate change is hard because you can’t see it like you can see trash in the streets — the most vulnerable people in the world feel it, but they are so far away from us,” said World Wildlife Fund CEO Carter Roberts ‘82.
According to Araud, many French citizens want to “toss the table” at “nearly any price” because they are dissatisfied with the performance of traditional political parties and feel as if they have been neglected by the political elite.
Espionage defends liberty by promoting national security, former Central Intelligence Agency director Michael Hayden argued on Thursday.“The secret pursuit of secret truth is not only compatible with, but essential to, American democracy,” he said.
University Professor Emeritus of International Law Richard Falk was blocked from lecturing in two universities in the United Kingdom after co-authoring a report calling Israel an "apartheid" regime.
He explained that now, the newest evolution of Russia–U.S. relations is becoming clear: the United States is experiencing a governmental collapse comparable to the fall of the Soviet Union, and meanwhile the leaders of the U.S. and Russia see eye-to- eye on a long list of issues.
In a public lecture on March 2, Dr. Sheena Chestnut Greitens, assistant professor of political science at the University of Missouri and First Lady of Missouri, spoke about increases in security spending in the People’s Republic of China from the late 20th century to present. Greitens is a leading scholar in comparative politics and international relations in East Asia.In a small, densely packed room of professors, graduate students, and undergraduate students, Greitens challenged listeners to look beyond Western media projections of Chinese security spending and truly analyze released statistics.She emphasized the need to depart from media preconceptions about Chinese security spending, as well as the need to carefully analyze what few numerical sources the Chinese government releases to the international community.“The lecture that I am presenting today is focused on China,” Greitens explained, “but is also focused on trying to put some numbers that we often hear from China that we often hear in the media and the press and in the policy world in the cross national perspective and see what this means for China.”Greitens began by rebutting the media-created gloom that appears to surround the rise of China’s security spending.
President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee David Miliband travels all over the world to support refugees. Yet he started his lecture, “The Global Refugee Crisis and What To Do About It,” by pointing out his connection to the University.
“There’s a tendency for observers — particularly Western observers — to get optimistic when we see a leadership transition [in China],” said Truex. However, he argued, in reality China will remain the same over the next five, ten, and 15 years.
On Friday, Feb. 24, approximately 300 people gathered in McCosh 50 to hear acclaimed writer and activist Junot Díaz speak on the issues of white supremacy and racism, and how to combat them through activism.
“In North Korea, the state had no system set to take care of citizens who went through an accident or physical disability,” he said. “I had no choice but to leave North Korea, cross the Tumen river, and go through the escape of 6000 miles on wooden crutches."