Are Dictators Getting Smarter? The Battle Between Dictatorship and Democracy

William J. Dobson is the politics & foreign affairs editor for Slate. Previously, he served as the managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine. Dobson is the author of The Dictator’s Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy. Mr. Dobson’s first book, it was selected as one of the “best books of 2012” by Foreign Affairs, the Atlantic, The Sunday Telegraph, and Prospect magazine. The New York Times called it “intelligent and absorbing” and wrote, “Mr. Dobson’s book, with luck, will find its way into the hands of people who aspire to be free.” Listen now:

Dr. Ronald Tammen on “Will China Rule the World?”

Ron Tammen is a scholar and professor at the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. Dr. Tammen specializes in world politics, with particular reference to power relationships among the great powers, present and future. His research currently centers on the emergence of China and then India as potentially dominant nations and the challenge this presents to U.S. foreign and national security policy. Listen now:

AWAC Presents: Steve LeVine

RECORDED: March 19, 2010 SPEAKER: Steve LeVine, Author and Journalist for Business Week TOPIC: “The Caspian Sea: News From the Uncovered Hinterlands” Steve LeVine's blog About Alaska...

The Arctic in Action: Accomplishments of the Arctic Council as we Look to the Future

Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., USCG (Ret.) will lead the effort to advance U.S. interests in the Arctic Region, with a focus on Arctic Ocean governance, climate change, economic, environmental, and security issues in the Arctic region as the United States holds the chairmanship of the Arctic Council from 2015-2017. LISTEN NOW

AWAC Presents: Hsiu-lien Annette Lu

RECORDED: July 6, 2010 SPEAKER: Hsiu-lien Annette Lu, Former Vice President, R.O.C. (Taiwan) TOPIC: "Perspective on Asia-Pacific Development" ABOUT: Alaska World Affairs Council Presents is...

Dr. Douglas Johnston on “Faith-based Diplomacy: Bridging the Religious Divide”

Douglas M. Johnston is president and founder of the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy. A distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Dr. Johnston holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University and has served in senior positions in both the public and private sectors. Among his government assignments, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy; Director of Policy Planning and Management in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; and planning officer with the President’s Office of Emergency Preparedness. He has taught courses in international security at Harvard and was the founding director of the university’s Executive Program in National and International Security. Dr. Johnston is a Captain in the Naval Reserve and, at the age of 27, was the youngest officer in the navy to qualify for command of a nuclear submarine. Listen Now:

AWAC Presents: Turkish Travels, Traumas and Triumphs

Returning from an educator's tour of Turkey, three Anchorage school district teachers and a UAA professor share what they learned abroad and how it...

Alaska’s role in a commercial space industry

KSKA Tuesday, Oct. 31 2017, at 2:00 p.m. This week we’re hearing about Alaska’s role in the commercial space industry. We feature two distinguished guests to discuss the rapidly growing commercial space industry and Alaska’s potential role. LISTEN HERE

Anchorage – UPS’s Gateway to the Asia-Pacific region

This event centered on the history, and future, of freight, flight and shipping in Alaska and it's relationship to Asia and the whole Pacific region. What has it taken to get us this far? What can Anchorage, and Alaska, do to expand our influence in the region.

2 Million Minutes: A Global Examination *Global Education Series*

This groundbreaking, controversial documentary film takes an in-depth look at how students in the United States allocate their high school years (approximately four years or two million minutes) compared with India and China. The film forms a picture of the various levels of global education and addresses the implications of these differences on the 21st century global economy. The film was followed by a live panel discussion with a question and answer period. Listen Now:

AWAC Presents: Bill Taylor

The former Citicorp vice president insisted the audience decide the topics for his discussion, titled "50 years Traveling the International Finance Highway with a...

Larry Persily, Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects

Larry Persily's talk entitled “Alaska’s Natural Gas: Does Any Country Need It?” was recorded at the Alaska World Affairs Council in Anchorage on January 20, 2012.

The Dance of Peace: South Korea and Alaska Reducing Tensions and Prompting Peace

Join AKWorld for a critical conversation focusing on the diplomatic, political, economic, and cultural circumstances on the Korean Peninsula, as well as broadening and deepening understanding of the U.S.-Korea relations. From a decades-old military alliance to deep economic ties and a large and vibrant Korean-American community, the linkages between the United States and the Korean Peninsula remain as important as ever.

Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, Singapore’s Ambassador to the U.S.A.

Singapore's Ambassador to the U.S.A., Ashok Kumar Mirpuri was recorded speaking at the Alaska World Affairs Council's Ambassador Speaker Series on June 28, 2013. Listen Now

AWAC Presents: John Hamilton, U.S. foreign service

A career officer in the U.S. Foreign Service for 35 years, John Hamilton was ambassador to Peru from 1999 - 2002 and to Guatemala...

AWAC Presents: Paul Dunscomb

SPEAKER: Paul Dunscomb, Associate Professor of East Asia History, University Alaska Anchorage TOPIC:"Can Japan be Changed: Lessons of the Forgotten Postwar" RECORDED: Friday, March...

Education and Economic Opportunities for Women: solutions to poverty and conflict in Pakistan

KSKA: Tuesday, April 12, at 2:00 p.m. Jodi has been working with MDF since 2009. She is a former educator, earned a Masters degree in International Development from the University of Denver. Jodi visits Pakistan periodically and loves to share/present the meaningful work they do. Jodi is currently a board member of Four Valleys Community School and working on publishing a book about their experience providing education and economic opportunities to vulnerable populations in Pakistan. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Making the Golden Connection: An Olympian’s Experience Carrying the Torch on the North Pole

Vice Chancellor for Administrative Service at University of Alaska Fairbanks, Pat Pitney was recorded speaking on ”Making the Golden Connection: An Olympian's Experience Carrying the Torch on the North Pole” at the Alaska World Affairs Council on December 13, 2013. Listen Now

AWAC Presents: Denali President, Bud Fackrell

Listen to Denali gas pipeline President, Bud Fackrell this week on KSKA’s Addressing Alaskans, Thursday (Nov 5) at 2:00 pm, repeating Wednesday (Nov 11)...

AWAC Presents: Sir Nigel Sheinwald, British Ambassador to the United States

Sir Nigel Sheinwald, British Ambassador to the United States was recorded Friday, June 10 speaking at the Alaska World Affairs Council on "Britain, the USA and Alaska in the 21st Century."