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Last night”s guest on the Colbert Report, author David Finkel, will be speaking at the Council on Thursday, September 9. Finkel spent eight months embedded with the 2-16 infantry battalion deployed on the outskirts of Baghdad and his newest book, The Good Soldiers, details the successes, struggles and psychological traumas of those soldiers serving on the front lines. Register for the program here.

Watch his conversation with Stephen Colbert here:

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Jonathan Alter, author of the new book The Promise: President Obama, Year One, will be at the Council on Wednesday, June 16. He will present  an inside account of President Obama and his administration in action, and provide an assessment of Obama’s foreign policy performance so far. Learn about other June programs on our online calendar and watch Alter’s June 7 appearance on the Colbert Report below.

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Raj Patel, recent author of The Value of Nothing: How To Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy, will join the Council on January 26 for the program “Rethinking the World’s Worth.” In advance of this event, watch Patel’s interview on The Colbert Report from Tuesday night.

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Captain Charles Moore, founder of Algalita Marine Research Foundation and World Affairs 2010 speaker, was on The Colbert Report last night. You can watch the interview below.

WorldAffairs 2010, the annual community-based experience presented by the World Affairs Council, is just two months away. It’s not too late to register for the conference, which will feature speakers as diverse as Michèle Flournoy, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and Joshua Viertel, President of Slow Food USA. For more information and to register, click here.

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KQED’s Forum with Michael Krasney will host a conversation with Nicholas Kristof, co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, Wednesday morning at 10 AM.  Then later in the evening he will join the Council for a conversation with Jane Wales. The sold-out Council event will take place at the Fairmont Hotel and begin at 6 PM.

Kristof’s co-author and wife, Sheryl WuDunn, was recently on the Colbert Report. You can watch her conversation with Stephen Colbert here:

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According to Peter Singer, a professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, the ordinary American has an obligation to the world’s poor. He suggests that for the first time in history we, as individuals, are in a position to end extreme poverty.  He spoke here at the Council last week on this, and, as Tactical Philanthropy points out today, on Colbert Nation last night!

In his new book, The Life You Can Save, Singer argues that our current minimal response to poverty is ethically indefensible.  Quoting a NY Times article from Tuesday, Singer lays out his argument as such:

“First premise: Suffering and death from lack of food, shelter and medical care are bad.

Second premise: If it is in your power to prevent something bad from happening, without sacrificing anything nearly as important, it is wrong not to do so.

Third premise: By donating to aid agencies, you can prevent suffering and death from lack of food, shelter and medical care, without sacrificing anything nearly as important.

Conclusion: Therefore, if you do not donate to aid agencies, you are doing something wrong.”

To reject this argument, Mr. Singer writes, “you need to find a flaw in the reasoning.”  He goes on to offer practical ways to tackle global poverty through philanthropy, local activism and political awareness.  To listen to his talk at the Council last week, click here.

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