Episode 10: Is there a moderate Syrian opposition?

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Episode 10: Is there a moderate Syrian opposition?

Ted Cruz calls them "purple unicorns," but in this episode, Dr. Daniel Serwer argues that there is a moderate opposition in Syria and they're worthy of international support. Also discussed: how to deal with illiberal rebels, how to assuage Alawites and other minorities, whether the Free Syrian Army still exists, the prospects of Balkanization, and the outcome of the Riyadh opposition talks and Security Council resolution 2254.

Dr. Serwer is the Director of the Department of Conflict Management at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and he blogs at peacefare.net.

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Episode 8: Why Force Civilians To Leave Their Homes?

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Episode 8: Why Force Civilians To Leave Their Homes?

The major combatants in Syria are all deliberately displacing civilians as a tactic of war. How is this shaping the conflict, and what does it mean for the future of Syria? Dr. Benedetta Berti, who studies internal conflicts and the integration of armed groups, guests.

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Episode 7: Five More Years!

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Episode 7: Five More Years!

Cote d'Ivoire held a Presidential election on October 25, 2015, leading to a second five-year term for Alassane Ouattara. Nora Sturm and Laura Sennett join the podcast from Abidjan to talk about elections, post-conflict reconstruction, the African Development Bank, refugees, cross-border migration, urban development, migration, soccer, the availability of frozen yogurt, and other important issues.

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Episode 6: Las Vegas: Everytown, USA?

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Episode 6: Las Vegas: Everytown, USA?

America's racial and ethnic population demographics are changing, and the political world has taken notice. Las Vegas, site of the most recent Democratic Presidential debate, in many ways represents the America of the present and future in ways that traditional early-voting primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire do not. What does a future shaped by immigration and demographic change, Trumpian backlash, and a majority-minority America hold? Vegas-based freelance journalist Daniel Hernandez guests.

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Episode 5: Was my hoodie made with fair labor practices?

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Episode 5: Was my hoodie made with fair labor practices?

Sarah Labowitz, co-founder and co-director of the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, guests to talk about supply chains, corporate social responsibility, Bangladeshi manufacturing facilities, government regulation, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and more. Can you ever be sure your clothing was not made by children, slave labor, or in unsafe environs? Maybe soon.

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Episode 2: What can be done about the European migration crisis?

In this episode, Joe Geni is joined by Chiara Monti to discuss the rapidly evolving migrant crisis in Europe; whether this is the end of Schengen; where the migrants are coming from; just how bad Eritrea's government is; just how cool the Fiat Tagliero Gas Station in Asmara is (who says colonialism is all bad?); and most importantly, how we might coordinate the disparate responses of EU members into a coherent policy. Spoiler alert: it won't be easy.

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