Global Connections Television Podcast

Global Connections Television Podcast

Global Connections Television (GCTV), the only talk show of its type in the world, has featured a myriad of guests ranging from leaders at the UN to the private sector to academics to non-governmental organizations.

Episodes

February 22, 2024 25 mins

Yasmine Sherif is Director of the Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Program, which is the global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises. Yasmine Sherif is a lawyer specialized in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law, plus she has over 30 years of experience with the United Nations and international NGOs. ECW’s mission is to generate greater shared political, operational, and financial commitment to meet th...

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Rolf Schwarz has served as a political adviser for the Middle East and Africa at NATO Headquarters and as a professor at the NATO Defense College. He is a senior adviser at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Mr. Schwarz holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, University of Geneva He is the author of several articles and books, notably a b...

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Ken Heydon is a former Australian government trade official and senior member of the OECD Secretariat and a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. His latest book is “The Trade Weapon: How Weaponizing Trade Threatens Growth, Public Health and the Climate Transition”.  His earlier works include “The Rise of Bilateralism” and “The Ashgate Research Companion to International Trade Policy.”  Trade weaponization usually invo...

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Harlan Russell Green, a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkey, is the 2023 Winner of the Peace Corps Writers’ Publisher’s Award for his latest book on “Building Community: Answering Kennedy’s Call.”  Mr. Green is a Rotarian, retired Mortgage Banker, and Editor/Publisher of Popular Economics Weekly, a financial wire service he began in 2000. The US Peace Corps put him on an international trajectory that provided unique opportunitie...

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Felix Dodds is Director, Multilateral Affairs at Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Service at Arizona State University. He is Adjunct Professor at the Water Institute University of North Carolina and Associate Fellow, Tellus Institute. His Latest book is “Heroes in Environmental Diplomacy: Profiles in Courage.”  Mr. Dodds recently attended the United Nations COP28 conference in Dubai.  The following UN agencies had key...

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Dr. John Casey is a professor in the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY).  Dr. Casey has been an active practitioner, educator and researcher in the public nonprofit sector in Australia, Spain and the USA for over 20 years.   His new book,  “The Nonprofit World: Civil Society and the Rise of the Nonprofit Sector,”  describes the difference between a nonprofit and an...

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Michael Cairo, Professor of Political Science and Program Director of International Affairs at Transylvania University’s, most recent book is  “American Presidents and Israeli Settlements since 1967.” Events such as Bush illegally invading Iraq in 2003, Trump giving Israel carte blanche and withdrawing from the Iran Nuclear Deal, and Biden ignoring the problem until October 7 contributed to the volatile situation.  The UN created I...

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Xiao Yin Zhao is Executive Director of the World Affairs Council (WAC) of Kentucky and Southern Indiana.  The Council is a 501 c 3 organization that is part of a network of 90 WACs, all of which are located in the US. In addition to international exchange programs, Xiao Yin has overseen dozens of programs and events that brought top diplomats, experts and authors to the Kentucky-Indiana region, providing the community an opportunit...

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 Mark D. Walker, a Returned U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer from Guatemala, is an award-winning writer and President of Million Mile Walker. His new book is “The Guatemala Reader: Extraordinary Lives & Amazing Stories”. In the book are graphs comparing Guatemala from 1970 to now, a map and a section on “How Can I Make a Difference,” and how local NGOs made a difference in Guatemala.  Prior to that he wrote, “My Saddest Pleasures: 50...

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Dr. Ivana Nikolić Hughes, President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, is a senior lecturer in Chemistry at Columbia University, as well as being a member of the Scientific Advisory Group to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).   Nine nuclear weapon states possess nearly 13,000 nukes in the world.  If there were a nuclear exchange, over 5 billion people would die from starvation or direct contamination within ...

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 John Cavanagh, former director of the Institute for Policy Studies, is the co-author of 12 books and numerous articles on a wide range of social and economic issues. His newest book is “The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved a Country from Corporate Greed.  He just returned from a factfinding trip to El Salvador whereupon he identifies how El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele reduced the gang violence and crime rates by em...

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 Dr. Antonello Provenzale, Director of the Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources at the National Research Council of Italy, discusses his recent book “History of Climate Change: From the Earth's Origins to the Anthropocene.”   Climate change is the number one challenge for the world. The rise in temperature of the last fifty years has been extremely fast, making it difficult for the environment to adapt to the new condi...

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Dr. Gilles Guiheux, author, historian and sociologist at the Université Paris Cité, highlights his  book “Contemporary China: 1949 to the Present .”   He posits that China’s combining integration into the capitalist world economy with authoritarian political practice may be sustainable.  Some political observers doubted this delicate juggling act could succeed. In 1949, the stake for Mao was to haul the country out of backwardness ...

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Joe Lurie has spent most of his adult life interacting and engaging with other cultures and promoting cross-cultural understanding. As a young man, he served in the US Peace Corps in Kenya, the beginning of his life of “intercultural encounters.” For 20 years, Lurie was the executive director of the University of California’s International House whose mission is to “foster intercultural respect and understanding for the promotion o...

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Dr. Bernie Strenecky presently serves as the Scholar in Residence at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green KY, USA. He is a member of the diplomatic corps of the country of Barbados, an active member of the Prospect Goshen Rotary Club, a member of the board of the United Nations Association-Kentucky Division, and he was integral in developing the Play Ball Puerto Rico (PBPR) project.

Bernie is the grandfather of Lawson Strene...

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Steve Schlesinger is a Fellow at the Century Foundation in New York City. Mr. Schlesinger authored "Act of Creation: Founding of the United Nations," And he is an expert on the UN and international issues. He offers an update on the 78th Session of the UN. The UN has changed dramatically since its creation in 1945, especially in aid to refugees, economic development, climate change, cultural and educational development, a...

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Dr. Jean Krasno is on the faculty of the Department of Political Science at the City College of New York and is a lecturer at Columbia University.  She teaches courses on the United Nations, peacekeeping, international law, and international organizations at City College and at Columbia University. Her most recent book is titled “United Nations: Policy and Practice.”  The UN is a rapidly changing organization that responds to the m...

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Judge Thomas G. Moukawsher is a Connecticut complex litigation judge and a former lawyer, legislator, and lobbyist. He is the author of “The Common Flaw: Needless Complexity in the Courts and 50 Ways to Reduce it.”   Some recommendations to improve the judicial system are to streamline trials, deliver prompt decisions, accept fewer motions and appeals, control evidence gathering process (discovery) and offer decisions that are pres...

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Hussein Solomon, Senior Professor in the Centre for Gender and Africa Studies at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa and co-author of “African Security in the Anthropocene,” depicts how humans have created more dangerous situations through the use of fossil fuels that are accelerating climate change, squabbling over natural resources, hunger and terrorism.   Africa, which is the second largest continent w...

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Aaron S. Williams has experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, including posts as USAID mission director for South Africa, vice president of the International Youth Foundation, executive vice president of RTI International, and director of the US Peace Corps (2009–2012). His most recent book is “The Young Black Leader’s Guide to a Successful Career in International Affairs: What the Giants Want You to Know.”

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