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Jim Falk, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, talks with some of the world's foremost thinkers, writers, and diplomats in this interview series. New episodes released weekly.

Sponsored by Dallas Baptist University.

Global I.Q. with Jim Falk World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

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Jim Falk, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, talks with some of the world's foremost thinkers, writers, and diplomats in this interview series. New episodes released weekly.

Sponsored by Dallas Baptist University.

    Dark Mirror, feat. Barton Gellman

    Dark Mirror, feat. Barton Gellman

    Barton Gellman was one of three people who received the explosive archives of highly classified National Security Agency files revealing the extent of the agency’s global surveillance apparatus from Edward Snowden. This Washington Post veteran investigative reporter’s book “Dark Mirror” is not only the story of government overreach into private lives, but also a fascinating look into the life of Snowden and the byzantine world of investigative journalism. In spying and investigative journalism, no one can be fully trusted – including Snowden.

    Barton Gellman, a staff writer at The Atlantic, spent 21 years at the Washington Post, where he held positions as legal, diplomatic, military and Middle East correspondent. He wrote the best-selling “Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency.” Gellman has won three Pulitzer Prizes: the 2014 Prize for Public Service for coverage of the National Security Agency and Edward Snowden, the 2008 Prize for National Reporting for a series on Vice President Dick Cheney, and the 2002 Prize for National Reporting for his Post team’s coverage of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath. Other professional honors include two George Polk Awards, two Overseas Press Club awards, two Emmy awards for a PBS Frontline documentary and Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. Gellman graduated with highest honors from Princeton University and earned a master’s degree in politics at University College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar.

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    • 35 min
    Exercise of Power, feat. Dr. Robert M. Gates

    Exercise of Power, feat. Dr. Robert M. Gates

    Dr. Robert M. Gates brings his decades of observation and participation guarding the security of the nation to a fresh examination of the exercise and limitations of American power. Gates recently wrote in Foreign Affairs that “Most Americans want their country to stand for something beyond just military strength and economic success. They want it to be seen admiringly by others as the world’s strongest advocate for liberty.” He believes that a restructured and strengthened State Department would enable the U.S. to accept the burden of global leadership, in a manner that reduces risk for the nation. Kirkus Reviews said of Gates’ new book, “It’s refreshing to see a secretary of defense call for the use of the military as a choice of last resort.”

    Robert M. Gates served as secretary of defense under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He was an officer in the U.S. Air Force and worked for the CIA before being appointed director of the agency. A member of the National Security Council staff in four administrations, he served eight presidents of both political parties. He was president of Texas A&M University from 2002 to 2006, served as national president of the Boy Scouts of America and is currently chancellor of the College of William & Mary. In 2018, he became chairman of Eisenhower Fellowships. He is the author of “Duty,” “A Passion for Leadership,” and his newest book is “Exercise of Power: American Failures, Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post-Cold War World.”

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    • 29 min
    Putting People First, feat. Tom Peters

    Putting People First, feat. Tom Peters

    Tom Peters has been a passionate advocate of “putting people first” for decades, and it’s never been more important than in this age of pandemic. Peters says, “Leaders understand the power of relationships,” but now we must struggle to effectively engage within the limits of social distancing and virtual conference rooms. Peters believes that the only way that leaders can navigate through crises is “to deal with people compassionately.” Our Global Forum will hear the ideas of one of the bestselling business authors of all time in a not-to-be-missed program.

    Tom Peters’ 17 books have sold more than ten million copies, beginning with “In Search of Excellence.” He is a civil engineering graduate of Cornell and he earned an MBA and a Ph.D. in business at Stanford. Peters was a partner at McKinsey & Co. before founding The Tom Peters Company in 1981. He is a sought-after expert on management and leadership.

    Sponsored by Dallas Baptist University

    • 32 min
    The Last Trial, feat. Scott Turow

    The Last Trial, feat. Scott Turow

    In New York Times bestselling author Scott Turow's latest novel, The Last Trial, two formidable men collide: a celebrated criminal defense lawyer at the end of his career and his lifelong friend, a renowned doctor accused of murder. Full of the deep insights into the spaces where the fragility of human nature and the justice system collide, The Last Trial is a masterful legal thriller that unfolds in page-turning suspense — and questions how we measure a life.

    Scott Turow is the author of ten bestselling works of fiction, including Identical, Innocent, Presumed Innocent, and The Burden of Proof, and two nonfiction books, including One L, about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into movies and television projects. He has frequently contributed essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic.

    • 30 min
    Israeli Leadership: Lessons from the Past for the Present, feat. Dennis Ross

    Israeli Leadership: Lessons from the Past for the Present, feat. Dennis Ross

    Five U.S. presidents have depended on Ambassador Dennis Ross to shape U.S. policy and relationships in the Middle East, and for twelve years he played a leading role in the many attempts to bring a settlement to the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Ross is the author of several influential books about the region and his experiences, including “The Missing Peace” and “Doomed to Succeed.” In his latest book, he takes a look back at Israel’s founding founders Ben-Gurion, Begin, Rabin and Sharon, suggesting that today’s political leaders might draw on the lessons of the past to steer Israel safely forward. Among the questions and topics to be discussed will be stability of the emergency government forged between Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz and what it means for each leader’s political future; whether the two-state solution – to which Ross devoted much of his career – is a distant memory; and how are Israel’s growing economic and political ties with Gulf countries reshaping the politics of the region?

    Ambassador Dennis Ross’ is the William Davidson Distinguished Fellow Counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. His last diplomatic assignment was as President Obama’s Special Assistant and National Security Council Senior Director for the Central Region. Ross is a scholar and a diplomat with decades of experience in Soviet and Middle East policy. He is a 1970 graduate of UCLA.

    • 28 min
    Front Row at the Trump Show, feat. Jonathan Karl

    Front Row at the Trump Show, feat. Jonathan Karl

    Jonathan Karl was a cub reporter when he first met Donald Trump in 1994. “I knew that I could call him from that point on whenever I wanted to and he would be accessible and willing to play along and loved to be in the mix,” Karl says. He has reported from the White House under four presidents and logged more airtime than any other network reporter during President Trump’s first two years. “Front Row at the Trump Show” is Karl’s story about his often-contentious relationship with the 45th president and the view from one of history’s front row seats.

    Jonathan Karl is ABC News’ chief Washington correspondent and co-anchor of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” He is also the President of the White House Correspondents' Association. In his 15 years in Washington, Karl has won prestigious awards for his coverage of U.S. politics, foreign policy and the military for ABC and CNN. He spent his early career at the New Republic and the New York Post. Karl graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College.

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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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26 Ratings

Farah Pandith ,

Thoughtful and Original Commentary on Middle East

A smart, engaging and important conversation with Paul Salem, the new head of the Middle East Institute. Want to understand the contours of the Iran situation or why the Muslim Brotherhood designation issue is more complex than what you usually hear? Tune in. Jim asks key questions about The Jared Peace Plan and Paul Salem responds with clarity and vital information. I enjoyed the podcast and so will you!

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Perfect for the intellectually curious

I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to these interesting and easily digestible podcasts. Jim has a great ability to ask thoughtful questions to our world’s leaders. Thank for continuing to put out great content and I enthusiastically await the next show.

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These global conversations are timely, highly informative and extremely well produced. An excellent way to keep up on key events for people on the go. Well done!

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