Explore some of today’s most pressing international issues with international relations scholar, author, and founder of the International Law Education Group, Dr. Paul F.J. Arañas.
The Ukraine War: Aspects of Hypocrisy
Episode 8: The Ukraine War: Aspects of Hypocrisy
Paul F.J. Arañas Ph.D. describes the 8-year struggle of the people of the Donbass and the ongoing involvement of the West in disastrous international conflicts.
Freedom of Conscience and the Issue of Autonomy and Equality
Episode 7: Freedom of Conscience and the Issue of Autonomy and Equality
Paul F.J. Arañas Ph.D. discusses how autonomy and equality affect the concept of freedom of conscience.
Freedom of Religion and Free Exercise Exemptions
Episode 6: Freedom of Religion and Free Exercise Exemptions
Paul F.J. Arañas Ph.D. discusses conflicts surrounding secular laws, freedom of religion, and free exercise exemptions.
Understanding the Historical Roots of Freedom of Conscience
Episode 5: Understanding the Historical Roots of Freedom of Conscience
Paul F.J. Arañas Ph.D. discusses three historical rationales for religious tolerance and the progression from medieval enforced religious uniformity to religious tolerance and freedom of conscience.
The Scourge of Islamophobia
Episode 4: The Scourge of Islamophobia
Paul F.J. Arañas Ph.D. discusses the issue of Islamophobia in the United States and France: threats against U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar; her recent proposed legislation to combat Islamophobia; cartoons in France that disrespect religious beliefs; the French double standards regarding “freedom of expression;” and the use of labels to denigrate members of the Islamic faith. In addition, Paul discusses some ways for us to combat racism and prejudice.
Where’s Your Apology?
Episode 3: Where’s Your Apology?
Paul F.J. Arañas Ph.D. discusses the refusal of French leaders to apologize for nuclear testing and its tragic consequences in Polynesia.