Hosted by Dan Runde, William A. Schreyer Chair and Director, Project on Prosperity and Development, Building the Future explores topics at the intersection of global development, foreign policy, and national security. In each episode, Dan sits down for a discussion with a leading expert from government, the private sector, and international organizations to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the world today.
Part 2: The American War in Afghanistan with Dr. Carter Malkasian
In part two of Dan’s interview with Dr. Carter Malkasian, the pair discuss the lessons of the Afghanistan War and what the U.S. government can do to elevate their foreign service programs. They reason that in order to better reach populations that the United States have operations in, the State Department needs to integrate specialized language programs such as Dari, Pashto, and more. This episode also covers how Afghan society changed in the last 20 year, what people may expect from the Taliban government, and the future of Afghanistan.
Part 1: The American War in Afghanistan with Dr. Carter Malkasian
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan Runde speaks with Dr. Carter Malkasian, a premier scholar-practitioner on the Afghanistan War. Dr. Malkasian served as the senior advisor to General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, from 2015 to 2019 and spent several years in Afghanistan and Iraq. Dr. Malkasian recalls his experiences on the ground, how his experiences shaped his view of the Afghanistan war, and the current sentiment of Afghans post-Taliban takeover. This is part one of a two part series reflecting on the war in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan and the Refugee Crisis: A Conversation with Refugees International's Hardin Lang
Hardin Lang, Vice President for Policy and Programs at Refugees International, joins Dan Runde in this week's episode of Building the Future. Dan and Hardin discuss the ballooning refugee crisis and the latest updates on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. Their conversation spans the different countries that could take in Afghan refugees, the magnitude of the refugee crisis, and the actions that the U.S. and other countries should take to mitigate internally displaced Afghans.
For those concerned about the ongoing emergency, consider contributing to NGOs on the ground such as the International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, and others that are providing humanitarian relief in Afghanistan, as well as refugee resettlement agencies such as the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service working to help Afghan refugees navigating the legal application processes.
Chiquita and Caribbean Bananas with Ambassador Richard Bernal
Ambassador Richard Bernal joins Dan Runde in this episode of Building the Future. Ambassador Bernal was the Jamaican Ambassador to the United States from 1991 to 2001 and has a lauded career as a professional economist and professor. The episode dives into Ambassador Bernal’s new book, Corporate versus National Interest in U.S. Trade Policy: Chiquita and Caribbean Bananas. The pair talk about the book’s study of the Clinton Administration’s decision to engage in a trade war with the European Union over bananas that were not even produced in the U.S., and the similarities in economic decisions today.
This fall, Building the Future will move back to a bi-weekly schedule, so please join us for our next episode on 9/15.
The Trump Paradox: U.S.-Mexico Migration and Trade with Dr. Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda
Please note: We will be taking a hiatus for the month of August and will be back on September 1 with a conversation with Dr. Richard Bernal. We look forward to seeing you again in the fall!
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan is joined by Dr. Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda, Associate Professor at UCLA and author of The Trump Paradox: Migration, Trade, and Racial Politics in US-Mexico Integration. The conversation follows Dr. Hinojosa-Ojeda’s inspiration for The Trump Paradox and the polarization of immigration and trade in the United States. This episode touches on the current impact of immigration, the importance of remittances to immigrants, and how to reform the system around remittances. The discussion finishes with how the U.S. should position itself going forward, in respect to future immigration and the use of development banks.
Civility Rules!: A Conversation with Shelby Scarbrough
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan is joined by Shelby Scarbrough, founder of Practical Protocol and author of her new book Civility Rules! Creating a Purposeful Practice of Civility. The pair discuss Shelby’s career and how her experiences taught her the importance of treating people civilly in professional interactions. Shelby talks about the difference between civility and being nice, and how the idea of “civility” changes across cultural borders. The conversation touches on topics like the role of civility in the digital age, civility in how democracies work, and examples of civility in leadership.