Robert Jay Lifton: Evil, the Self, and Survival

Robert Jay Lifton

Noted psychiatrist and author Robert J. Lifton has researched Hiroshima, the Holocaust, the Vietnam War, and now terrorist cults. Through these explorations he probes the profound questions of death and its meaning for life.


Key Words: Psychiatrists, Human Rights, Japan, Terrorism, Psychiatry, Religion, Psychoanalysis, Identity

Robert Fisk: Foreign Correspondent' in the Middle East

Robert Fisk

Robert Fisk, Middle East correspondent for the British newspaper The Independent, discusses his experiences covering Middle East wars for the last 30 thirty years.


Key Words: Journalists, Middle East, Terrorism, Al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, RIP

Robert A. Pape: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism

Robert A. Pape

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes political scientist Robert A. Pape for a discussion of how social science can help us understand suicide terrorism. Professor Pape also reflects on international relations theory and its implications for foreign policy.


Key Words: Political Scientists, Theory, International Relations, Terrorism

Phillip Bobbitt: Terror and Consent: The Wars of the 21st Century

Phillip Bobbitt

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Philip Bobbitt, Herbert Wechsler Professor of Jurisprudence, Columbia University. Focusing on the transformation of the state and warfare, Professor Bobbitt offers a new interpretation of terrorism. He explains the emergence of the market state, compares it to the nation state, analyzes the unique features of warfare in the new century, and brings into focus the distinctive qualities of today's terrorism. Professor Bobbitt also describes the challenges posed for national security and offers an agenda for changes that integrate strategy and law....

Peter Dale Scott: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America

Peter Dale Scott

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professor Peter Dale Scott for a discussion of secrecy and its consequences in the making of U.S. foreign policy. Their discussion focuses on CIA interventions, the rise of Al Qaeda, the role of U.S. government in supporting Islamic jihadists to counter Soviet power during the Cold War, and the response of the Bush administration to the 911 attack.



Olivier Roy: Globalization and Islam

Olivier Roy

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes distinguished French political scientist Olivier Roy for a discussion of globalization's impact on religion and culture. The conversation focuses on changes within Islam. They explore the balance of power between Islamists and neo fundamentalists, the dynamic propelling terrorism, and the appropriate response of the West to the challenges posed by the interaction between globalizatiion and Islam.


Neil Smelser: Intellectual Odyssey

Neil Smelser

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Berkeley sociologist Neil Smelser for a discussion of his intellectual odyssey.


Key Words: Sociologists, Terrorism, Theory, Social Science, Berkeley Faculty, Psychoanalysis, RIP

John Yoo: The Shaping of a Legal Response to 9/11

John Yoo

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professor John Yoo of UC Berkeley for a discussion of Presidential war powers. Professor Yoo analyzes the situation confronting the United States after the 911 attack and explains the development of the legal justifications for the Bush'administration's response. Topics addressed include the memorandum on torture, the interface between law and politics, secrecy and democracy, and the Bush legacy.


Jonathan Clarke: The Neo-Conservatives

Jonathan Clarke

Former British diplomat Jonathan Clarke joins host Harry Kreisler for a discussion of the impact of the neo-conservatives on U.S. foreign policy. He traces their emergence, the evolution of their ideas, and weighs the long term implications of their ascendancy in the administration of President George W. Bush

KEYWORDS: Neo-Conservatives.

John Arquilla: International Relations in the Information Age

John Arquilla

Professor John Arquilla discusses the information revolution and its implications for international politics.


Key Words: Political Scientists, Terrorism, Networks, 911, Al Qaeda