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Is the US a force for good in the world?
Mehdi Hasan goes head to head with Thomas Friedman on the morality of America's global role. The US appears to have taken a back seat role in international relations. Is the US in decline? Or is it just taking stock as it accommodates to the new emerging world order? In this episode of Head to Head at the Oxford Union, Mehdi Hasan challenges one of the world’s most influential columnists and authors, Thomas L Friedman. Advisor to presidents and kings, Tom Friedman of the New York Times has won the Pulitzer Prize not once or twice, but three times. He is the best-selling author, among many others, of "The World is Flat" and he argues in his latest book, "That Used to Be US", that the US must rebuild itself to remain a global power.

Critics say American self-interest has trumped democracy and human rights time and again, and that Obama’s America is no different. So is the US foreign policy counter-productive? Or is America a force for good in the world? The US “is not an NGO”, admits Friedman, explaining that America “is a country like any country with its interests, it pursues them, and sometimes pursues them very narrowly.” Friedman also talks about the powerful influence of the Israeli lobby and his recent experience in Yemen. “America is in a slow decline”, he tells Mehdi Hasan and goes on to describe his “unique formula of success” that will place America once again ahead of the Brazils, the Chinas and the Japans.

Joining this discussion are: Seumas Milne, an associate editor and columnist at The Guardian, as well as author of the "The Enemy Within", "Beyond the Casino Economy", and "The Revenge of History"; Davis Lewin, the political director at the Henry Jackson Society, and the former Middle East director at the Next Century Foundation; and Dr Miriyam Aouragh, a lecturer of Cyber Politics in the Middle East, an associate member of the Oriental Institute at the University of Oxford who is currently conducting research on the political implications of the Internet for the Arab revolutions. She is also the author of Palestine Online: Transnationalism, the Internet and the Construction of Identity.

Obama Spent 10 Times as Much on Social Media as Romney
This PBS NewsHour program from 16 November 2012 Ray Suarez talks to Daily Download's Howard Kurtz and Lauren Ashburn about a 10-to-1 spending gap on social media between the Obama and Romney campaigns, as well as the shifting role Facebook and Twitter played in how voters expressed their political leanings in their communities.

Interview with former Prime Minister Paul Keating
In this Lateline program from 14 November 2012 Paul Keating discusses the contents of his Keith Murdoch Oration  "Asia in the New Order, Australia's Diminishing Sphere of Influence" with Tony Jones. In the speech he criticises Australian foreign policy of the Howard, Rudd and Gillard governments. Amongst other things Keating notes that:

“…….president Obama had this line: "Progress without democracy is another form of poverty” . This is a very tough thing to say about dragging 1.5 billion Chinese out of abject poverty…………… “

...and this is the recording of the actual speech:

Paul Keating delivers the 2012 Keith Murdoch Oration


An Architecture for a Durable Peace in the Asia Pacific - by Dr. H Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
In this keynote speech on 1st of June 2012 at the 11th International Institute for Strategic Studies Asia Security Summit Dr. H Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono makes some insightful observations on the changing geopolitical landscape and what it means for the Asia Pacific region. The importance of regional trade and secutiry networks is highlighted in the context of providing better political and economic stability than has been the case only a few decades ago. Increasing economic interconnectedness is viewed as playing an important role in mitigating potential threats of military rivalry.

Malcolm Fraser: 2012 Gough Whitlam Oration
Keenly aware of the irony of him delivering the Gough Whitlam oration, Malcolm Fraser reflects on a wide spectrum of issues from politics to history, racism, refugees, the ANZUS alliance and the emergance of China as well as the role of international law.

Brzezinski: U.S. Should Work With Russia, Turkey to Solve Global Problems
In this PBS Newshour interview Zbigniew Brzezinski says that as American power declines relative to other countries, and China's influence grows, the United States can no longer dictate to the world, or be "the determining player of everything that is important on the global scene." Jeffrey Brown speaks with the author and former national security adviser.

Charlie Rose interviews David Brooks
In this Charlie Rose interview with New York Times columnist David Brooks, the pair reflect on US politics in 2011.

Jay Rosen: Why Political Coverage is Broken - Big Ideas - ABC TV
Jay Rosen is an outspoken media critic and journalism professor at New York University. In his keynote address at the 2011 New News Conference as part of Melbourne Writers Festival, he deconstructs the current state of political journalism in the US and in Australia, saying they have much more in common than most of us want to believe.

Some of the problems Rosen identifies include the media treating politics as entertainment, politicians peddling perception as reality, and press gallery journalists priding themselves on being "insiders". It's happening in Washington and Canberra, he says, and it's not just the Murdoch press and Fox News. According to Rosen, the ABC also has a case to answer.

Offering solutions for the future, he argues that a better knowledge of and respect for politics could change everything.

Jay Rosen is a media critic, a writer, and a professor of journalism at New York University. He has been on the journalism faculty at NYU since 1986. From 1999 to 2005, he was chair of the Department. Rosen is considered one of the founders of the idea of "citizen journalism". His book about the subject, "What Are Journalists For?" was published in 1999. He has run the blogsite "Press Think" sinice 2003.

The New News Conference is hosted by the Public Interest Journalism Foundation at Swinburne University of Technology.

What Went Wrong With America?
In this 2011 ABC - Big Ideas program journalist, columnist and author Thomas Friedman has been one of the world’s most influential media figures for over a decade. Global politics and economics are never quite as simple to understand and amusing to hear about as when Friedman shares his views on them. Here, at Melbourne Town Hall for the Wheeler Centre, he joins Maxine McKew for a wide-ranging conversation about America and the world, the new Middle East, and for a preview of his new book “That Used to be Us: What Went Wrong with America? And How it Can Come Back”. Despite its mounting debt problems and economic uncertainty, Freidman is optimistic about America’s future. What gives him heart, he says, is that a large percentage of the population are still blessedly unaware of their country’s decline and are busy creating, inventing and starting new enterprises. They’re simply “just too dumb to quit”, Friedman quips.

America's future is secure: Professor Cox
Professor Michael Cox from the London School of Economics is interviewed on the ABC's Lateline (30/08/2011). He presents a contrarian view on the current problems of the US, noting they are short-term and that the US will not be replaced as the dominant world power by China.

Aung San Suu Kyi: Liberty 
Ang San Suu Kyi 2011 Reith Lecture on Liberty - exploring the universal human aspiration to be free and the spirit which drives people to dissent.....

The New Geopolitics of Food
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/04/25/the_new_geopolitics_of_food
In this article by founder of the Worldwatch Institute and founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute Lester R. Brown, he discusses the potential political consequences of global food shortages.

Charlie Rose interview with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
In this interview Charlie Rose talks to the president of Indonesia, the world's third largest democracy with a rapidly growing economy, which due to its large Muslim population plays a unique role on the geopolitical stage. 

Food Prices and Political Instability
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/wp/2011/wp1162.pdf
In this 2011 International Monetary Fund working paper, Economists Rabah Arezki and Markus Brückner consider the impact of rising food prices on political instability during 1970 to 2007 across 120 nations, finding that increases in international food prices lead to a significant deterioration of democratic institutions and a significant increase in the incidence of anti-government demonstrations, riots and civil conflict.

Charlie Rose interview with former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew
These interviews provide an insight into the views of Lee Kuan Yew and offer some interesting Asian perspective from this extraordinary elder statesman. His recent book, "From Third World to First World in 35 years" is a wonderful read.

South Korea: Finding its Place on the World Stage
Five essays from leading thinkers explore the country's present and future.

Hegemony or Empire?
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/59200/niall-ferguson/hegemony-or-empire?page=show
This 2003 Foreign Affairs article, discusses the book by the same name, in which Harvard University professor of History, Niall Ferguson examines whether or not the United Kingdom's influence in its heyday matched that of the United States' today.
  
How to Solve the Vexed Problem of Bringing Peace to the Middle East
Harvard University professor of History, Niall Ferguson, delivers his 2002 lecture on the lessons the
US ought to learn from the British Empire experience in the Middle East.