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Modi's India: Thinking About the Future
In May, India completed the largest democratic election the world has ever seen. Over the course of five weeks, more than 800 million people turned out to cast their votes. The election of Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came as a surprise to many, especially since the incumbent Congress Party has held power for the majority of India's democratic history. The overwhelming support for the BJP may be a sign of changing priorities among voters. Rather than voting along religious, caste and other identity lines as has historically been the case, Indians voted for Modi's promise of economic reform and growth. However, religion remains a strong influence in Indian politics. Only 9 percent of Muslims voted for the BJP, which may reflect lingering concerns over the 2002 ethnic riots that took place in Gujarat while Modi was chief minister of the state. What does India's new leadership mean for the country's economic and foreign policy outlook? What are the implications of lingering religious and ethnic tensions in this vast democracy? Speakers include Pradeep Chhibber, professor and Indo-American community chair in India Studies at UC Berkeley; Thomas Blom Hansen, Reliance-Dhirubhai Ambani professor of South Asian studies, professor of anthropology and director, Center for South Asia, Stanford University; and Sunder Ramaswamy, president and Frederick C. Dirks professor of international economics, Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Sat, Sep 20, 2014 -- 4:00am


Gen. Anthony Zinni on 'Before the First Shots Are Fired'
After four decades of military service and countless experiences with military intervention, retired four-star General Anthony Zinni is well aware that wars are not always decided on the battlefield. Political decisions, intelligence estimates, strategies (or the lack thereof) and many other non-battlefield components have crucial significance in the outcome of war. Few Americans realize how many essential pieces have to fall in to place to execute a successful campaign. What triggers lead the U.S. to use military force, and how may these triggers be changing due to emerging global issues? Gen. Zinni is the author of "Before the First Shots Are Fired."

Mon, Sep 22, 2014 -- 8:00pm


The first World Affairs Council broadcast aired in October 1947. Back then, it was called "World Affairs are Your Affairs." Guests on the show included Gen. Dwight Eisenhower (July '49) and Vice President Alben Barkeley (October '49). The show ran continuously for 23 years. Today's World Affairs Council broadcast, called "It's Your World," brings some of the brightest minds to the air. It's Your World captures leading voices in politics, business, academia, media and art in candid discussions on issues concerning the world today.

Tue, Sep 23, 2014 -- 2:00am


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