Lord Patten of Barnes: Domestic Politics and Global Leadership

Lord Patten of Barnes

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of the University of Oxford, for a discussion of the challenges facing political leaders as they manage domestic politics charged with nationalism in an interdependent world. Focusing on the case of the United Kingdom, Lord Patten analyzes these forces and their impact on leadership, on political choices, and on the conduct of elections. He discusses the May, 2015 British elections comparing the leadership styles of Thatcher, Blair, and Cameron. He also analyzes Europe’s relations with China and Russia. He...

Lord Carrington: Diplomacy, the Nuclear Arms Race, and East-West Relations

Lord Carrington

In this 1984 interview, Lord Carrington, one of Britain's greatest statesmen, joins U.C. Berkeley's Harry Kreisler and Professor Ernst Haas for a discussion of the nuclear arms race and the role of diplomacy in resolving conflict.

KEYWORDS: Nuclear Weapons, Arms Race, Great Britain.

Kishore Mahbubani: The Rise of Asia and the Decline of the West

Kishore Mahbubani

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Kishore Mahbubani for a discussion of the changing relationship between the West and Asia. In the interview, he describes the major transformations occurring because of the march of modernity made possible by the ideas and global institutions created by the West. He goes on to criticize the West for failing to adapt to the changing balance of power which follows from Asia's rise.


Kishore Mahbubani: Asia, the West and the Logic of One World

Kishore Mahbubani

Conversations with History host Harry Kreisler welcome Professor Kishore Mahbubani for a discussion of his new book, The Great Convergence. Professor Mahbubani analyzes the global forces propelling global society and economy toward one world. He also discusses the failure to develop a structure for global governance. In dissecting this contradiction he explains how existing global institutions provide an inadequate response for the global transformation that is occurring. Geopolitics and the lingering dominance of the victors of World War II are seen as primary obstacles to...

Zalmay Khalilzad: Responding to Strategic Challenges in the Post 911 World

Zalmay Khalilzad

Conversations with History host Harry Kreisler welcomes Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad for a discussion of the interplay between theory and practice in shaping national security policy. Ambassador Khalilzad reflects on the strategic challenges confronting U.S. policymakers after the end of the Cold War; he describes the difficulties facing the U.S. as it makes the Afghanistan/Pakistan crisis its top strategic priority eight years after the post 9-11 Afghanistan War; and he highlights the need for the U.S. to complement its military power with diplomacy and development aid. Ambassador...

The Right Honorable Lord Patten of Barnes, CH: Europe and the World

The Right Honorable Lord Patten of Barnes, CH

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes The Right Honorable Lord Patten of Barnes CH for a discussion of the European Union's common foreign and defense policy, relations between Europe and the United States, and the challenges posed by the emergence of the economies of China and India. Lord Patten also offers his reflections on diplomacy, enlargement, and the power of ideas in politics.

Karl Eikenberry: Force and Diplomacy

Karl Eikenberry

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Karl Eikenberry, who commanded coalition forces in Afghanistan and served as U.S. Ambassador there. Reflecting on his career as soldier and diplomat, Ambassador Eikenberry recalls his formative experiences and compares the skill set and challenges of the two postings. He evaluates the volunteer military force, analyzes the situation in Afghanistan as the US stands down, describes the problems posed by exit strategies after intervention, and reflects on the implications of the rise of China and the US pivot toward Asia.

Joseph Wilson: A Diplomat's Odyssey

Joseph Wilson

Host Harry Kreisler in conversation with Joseph Wilson who served in Baghdad, Iraq as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy from 1988 to 1991.


Sung-Joo Han: Diplomacy and International Politics

Sung-Joo Han

His Excellency Sung-Joo Han, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea joins host Harry Kreisler for a discussion of how domestic and international factors are shaping South Korea's foreign policy as it deals with North Korea, the United States, and international politics in a changing world.


Key Words: Korea, Diplomacy, International Relations

Sir Brian Urquhart: Reflections on a Life in War and Peace

Sir Brian Urquhart

Former United Nations secretary General Sir Brian Urquhart in conversation with UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler looks back on his distinguished career as a soldier, diplomat, and international statesman.


Key Words: United Nations, Diplomacy, World Order, Global Institutions, Global Order, RIP, United Nations, Peacekeeping