The Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) is a University of California think tank that addresses global challenges to peace and prosperity through rigorous, policy-relevant research, training, and engagement. Talking Policy is hosted by Lindsay Morgan, Associate Director at IGCC.
Book Talk: What Trade Can Teach Us About Global Cooperation
How do international institutions foster economic cooperation? Explore the intricate world of trade agreements—and whether and how they are enforced—with Lauren Peritz, an esteemed associate professor of political science at UC Davis. Her book Delivering on Promises: The Domestic Politics of Compliance in International Courts unveils the pivotal role of international institutions in fostering economic cooperation. By analyzing global economic courts' decisions, Peritz suggests that compliance hinges on navigating domestic politics, especially when powerful industries influence adherence to international rules. This interview was conducted on November 7, 2023.
Why U.S. Foreign Policy Is More Consistent Than Is Generally Assumed
The United States has experienced striking changes in leadership in recent years. From Obama to Trump to Biden, Americans have elected presidents with vastly different political commitments and bases of support. Do such leadership changes lead to drastic changes in policy? A new book by Michaela Mattes and Ashley Leeds, Domestic Interests, Democracy, and Foreign Policy Change, suggests that democracies’ foreign policies are actually more stable than is generally assumed.
This interview was recorded on Sept. 29, 2023.
The World Ahead: An IGCC Miniseries
The world is changing rapidly. A grinding war of attrition is being fought in Europe. Democracy and liberalism are being challenged around the globe. China is rising as an economic and technological superpower and competitor to the United States. Arms control is breaking down. And the climate crisis is threatening to exacerbate conflict, displacement, and inequality.
Since 1983, IGCC scholars from across the University of California and the UC-managed National Labs have used rigorous research, training, and policy engagement to improve policies and practices in ways that help reduce conflict, foster global cooperation, and build a more peaceful world.
To celebrate our 40th anniversary, we are creating a Talking Policy miniseries that will give listeners access to expert analysis—without the jargon. Simple, punchy interviews will help unpack these daunting questions and put things happening locally—whether in Los Angeles, Lagos, or Lausanne—into a broader context of what’s happening globally.
The series will explore threats to democracy, as well as democratic resilience; the global implications of China’s rise; nuclear weapons proliferation and how to limit their spread and use; and the security implications of climate change.
Book Talk: The Role of Citizens in Democratic Backsliding—and Resilience
Is democracy as a system of government and a social principle under threat? Seventy percent of the global population now lives either in non-democratic countries, or in countries that are experiencing democratic backsliding. In this final episode in Talking Policy’s spring 2023 series on the future of democracy, host Lindsay Morgan talks with Sara Wallace Goodman about how ordinary people respond when their democracy is under threat. Sara, a professor of political science at UC Irvine and member of IGCC’s Future of Democracy Initiative, shares findings from her book Citizenship in Hard Times: How Ordinary People Respond to Democratic Threat. This interview was recorded on May 26, 2023.
China’s Emergence as a Second Nuclear Peer
For the first time in its nuclear history, the United States faces two major power adversaries armed with nuclear weapons. China is rapidly expanding its nuclear forces, and in Russia, Putin announced in February that the country would be suspending its participation in New START, the last remaining U.S.-Russia arms control pact. In the latest on Talking Policy, host Lindsay Morgan talks with Brad Roberts, director of the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and former Obama administration deputy assistant secretary of defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy, about what this means for the U.S. and the world. This interview was conducted on May 5, 2023.
The Short Read: Stephan Haggard and Robert R. Kaufman's "The Anatomy of Democratic Backsliding"
In this series, The Short Read, host Lindsay Morgan shares analysis from Political Violence At A Glance, an award-winning online magazine sponsored by the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, which also sponsors the Talking Policy podcast. In this episode, she reads a piece by IGCC affiliate and School of Global Policy's Lawrence and Sallye Krause Professor of Korea-Pacific Studies Stephan Haggard, and Rutgers University distinguished professor Robert R. Kaufman titled, "The Anatomy of Democratic Backsliding: Why Is Democracy Consuming Itself?"