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Road Safety and Health in Developing Countries: Expert commentary by James Habyarimana
Public policy professor James Habyarimana discusses his research on policies to combat road safety issues as well as adherence to drug regimens in Africa.
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10.391J Sustainable Energy (MIT)
This course assesses current and potential future energy systems, covers resources, extraction, conversion, and end-use, and emphasizes meeting regional and global energy needs in the 21st century in a sustainable manner. Different renewable and conventional energy technologies will be presented including biomass energy, fossil fuels, geothermal energy, nuclear power, wind power, solar energy, hydrogen fuel, and fusion energy and their attributes described within a framework that aids in evaluat
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Satisfying Victims and Healing Societies: The Promises of Justice after Extreme Violence - Vision Se
Susan Hirsch, Director of the undergraduate Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution program Justice meted out in domestic courts is assumed to promote social healing and quell the desire for revenge felt by victims of violence. Mass atrocity, genocide, terrorism and other types of extreme violence have spawned new approaches to justice, such as extrajudicial proceedings and international tribunals. Drawing from personal experience as a survivor of a terror attack and anthropological resea
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Restorative Justice and Conflict Communication Theory
Susan J. Szmania (Ph.D, Communication Studies. University of Texas at Austin) conducts research about conflict and discourse. She is trained as a victim offender mediator and writes about restorative justice theory and practice. After teaching at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee for five years, she is currently serving as a political assistant with the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. She was a visiting Faculty at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
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Preventing Genocide - Vision Series Lecture
Andrea Bartoli, Drucie French Cumbie Chair at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and ResolutionSixty years after the signing of the International Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, we are still struggling to understand genocidal trends and to respond to threats appropriately. Too many times, signs of impending genocides were not identified, appreciated, and acted upon, which created conditions for a re-emergence of new forms. Preventing genocide is a collectiv
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Lifetime Achievement Award - Wallace Warfield - ACR 2009

Dr. Wallace Warfield, Associate Professor at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, is the 2009 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution.The award was given on Thursd

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Louis Kriesberg - "Obama, Constructive Conflict, and Mediating the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict"

Dr. Kreisberg examined Barack Obama administration’s mediation efforts in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict from a constructive conflict approach, synthesizing the peace studies and conflict resolution perspectives. The Obama administration’s

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Don Boudreaux on Globalization and Trade Deficits
Don Boudreaux, of George Mason University, talks about the ideas in his book, Globalization. He discusses comparative advantage, the winners and losers from trade, trade deficits, and inequality with EconTalk host Russ Roberts.
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Barro on Disasters
Robert Barro of Harvard University and Stanford University's Hoover Institution talks about disasters--significant national and international catastrophes such as the Great Depression, war, and the flu epidemic in the early part of the 20th century. What do we know about these disasters? What is the likelihood of a catastrophic financial crisis in the United States? How serious is the current economic situation in the United States? The conversation also includes discussions of economic stimulus
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Karol Boudreaux on Wildlife, Property, and Poverty in Africa
Karol Boudreaux, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about wildlife management in Africa. Their conversation focuses on community-based wildlife management in Namibia, a policy to give communities the incentives to protect wildlife and avoid the tragedy of the commons.
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Munger on Middlemen
Mike Munger of Duke University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the often-vilified middleman--someone who buys cheap, sells dear and does nothing to improve the product. Munger explains the economic function of arbitrage using a classic article about how prices emerged in a POW camp during World War II. Munger then applies the analysis to the financial crisis.
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Biodiversity: Diversity of Life, Section Youth

In general usage, biological diversity (biodiversity) is often equated with varieta of species. But biodiversity also includes four levels of diversity. These are: 1. Genetic diversity 2. Biodiversity 3. Ecosystem diversity 4. Diversity of biological interactions
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Boettke on the Austrian Perspective on Business Cycles and Monetary Policy
Peter Boettke, of George Mason University, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the Austrian perspective on business cycles, monetary policy and the current state of the economy.
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Roberts (and Hanson) on Truth and Economics
EconTalk host Russ Roberts talks about the role of empirical evidence and bias in economics and why economists disagree. Roberts talks about how his interviews with various economists at EconTalk have forced him to reassess the role of empirical evidence in various debates in economics and economic policy. Roberts is joined by Robin Hanson of George Mason University for counterpoint and therapeutic advice for those uneasy about the scientific or non-scientific nature of economics.
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Meltzer on Inflation
Allan Meltzer, of Carnegie Mellon University, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the current state of monetary policy and the potential for inflation. Meltzer explains why inflation hasn't happened yet, despite massive increases in reserves created by Fed policy. Then he explains why inflation is coming and why it will be politically difficult for the Fed to stop it. Meltzer also analyzes the Japanese experience in recent years and talks about why so many investment banks overreached an
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Zywicki on Debt and Bankruptcy
Todd Zywicki, of George Mason University Law School, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the evolving world of consumer debt and how institutions and public policy have influenced consumer access to debt and credit. Zywicki defends consumer credit as a crucial benefit to consumers and that innovation has made credit cheaper and more effective. He also talks about how misleading it can be to look at only one piece or another of credit picture. The conversation concludes with a discussion
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Brink Lindsey on the Age of Abundance
Brink Lindsey, of the Cato Institute and author of The Age of Abundance: How Prosperity Transformed America's Politics and Culture, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the interaction between culture and politics and prosperity. Lindsey outlines the nature of prosperity in America in the 20th century, then focuses on the last half of the century when cultural change was perhaps as dramatic as economic change. The conversation concludes with a discussion of Lindsey's essay, "Paul Krugman'
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Don Boudreaux on Macroeconomics and Austrian Business Cycle Theory
Don Boudreaux, of George Mason University, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the microfoundations of macroeconomics and the Austrian theory of business cycles. Boudreaux draws on Erik Lindahl's distinction between microeconomics and macroeconomics, emphasizing the difference between individual choices and the coordination of economic activity. Other topics include the Austrian view of capital and investment, the Austrian view of monetary policy, the issue of aggregation, and the intell
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Justin Fox on the Rationality of Markets
Justin Fox, author of The Myth of the Rational Market, talks about the ideas in his book with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Fox traces the history of the application of math and economics to finance, particularly to the question of how markets and prices process information, the so-called efficient markets hypothesis in its various forms. The conversation includes discussions of systemic risk, the current financial crisis and the lessons for policy reform.
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Hanushek on Test-based Accountability, Federal Funding, and School Finance
Eric Hanushek of Stanford University's Hoover Institution talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the current state of education and education policy. Hanushek summarizes the impact of No Child Left Behind and the current state of the charter school movement. Along the way, he and Roberts discuss the role of testing as a way of measuring achievement. The conversation concludes with a discussion of school finance, the role of the court system, and suggestions for improving finance to create b
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