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Social Apathy: Why do we choose to look away?

Social Apathy: Why do we choose to look away?

 

I will never forget the day when I turned “bad.”

 

It was hot and humid in tropical Cambodia and the sun had already awoken from its slumber hours ago. With glistening beads of sweat streaming down their faces, two girls, no more than 10 years old, approached me and put forth a basket of handmade bracelets, each covered in a fine layer of dirt. A sign below one of the girl’s baskets read “1 for 1,000…

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Added by Justin Chang on December 30, 2017 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Ethno-nationalism: A Hindrance to Modern Globalization

As the sun dipped beneath the horizon to draw December 19, 2016 to a close, millions of cheery lights in all shades of red, green, and yellow flickered to life, showering Berlin in a warm glow. Men, women, and children merrily walked the streets by Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, unaware that by 8:02 PM, 12 people would lay dead and another 56 would be injured in a truck attack which ISIL claimed responsibility for. The recent ‘2016 Berlin Attack’ is but one of the many…

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Added by Justin Chang on December 30, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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The Democratic Debate and Competing Narratives

As the Democratic field of presidential candidates narrows, the contenders are beginning to devote more attention to foreign policy and Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev has some important questions: Would Warren and Sanders stand by with their non-interventionist stances if they make it to the White House? Will climate change become a focus for any of the candidates?

Behind AI Decision-Making, with Francesca Rossi

With artificial intelligence embedded into social media, credit card transactions, GPS, and much more, how can we train it to act in an ethical, fair, and unbiased manner? What are the theories and philosophies behind AI systems? IBM Research's Francesca Rossi discusses her work helping to ensure that the technology is "as beneficial as possible for the widest part of the population."

Foreign Policy Narratives in Palm Beach

After an invitation to speak at a gathering of the Palm Beach chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States, U.S. Global Engagement Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev reflects on the current scope and direction of U.S. foreign policy. How will new uncertainties in the international system influence the relationships among the democratic community of nations?

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