Chinese President Xi Jinping is in the U.S. this weekend for informal talks with President Obama. Professor Victor Cha discusses what topics will be on the agenda, the informality of the talks, and what he expects to be the outcome of the meetings.
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Dr. Cecilia Van Hollen, a professor at Georgetown University, has recently published a book through Stanford University Press entitled Birth in the Age of AIDS: Women, Reproduction, and HIV/AIDS in India. In this installment of the Spotlight: Asia Podcast, Professor Van Hollen discusses her new book and extensive field research in India.
About the Book
Birth in the Age of AIDS is a vivid and poignant portrayal of the experiences of HIV-positive women in India during pregnancy, birth, and motherhood at the beginning of the 21st century. The government of India, together with global health organizations, established an important public health initiative to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child. While this program, which targets poor women attending public maternity hospitals, has improved health outcomes for infants, it has resulted in sometimes devastatingly negative consequences for poor, young mothers because these women are being tested for HIV in far greater numbers than their male spouses and are often blamed for bringing this highly stigmatized disease into the family.
Based on research conducted by the author in India, this book chronicles the experiences of women from the point of their decisions about whether to accept HIV testing, through their decisions about whether or not to continue with the birth if they test HIV-positive, their birthing experiences in hospitals, decisions and practices surrounding breast-feeding vs. bottle-feeding, and their hopes and fears for the future of their children.
At the turn of the century, American Jews and prohibitionists viewed one another with growing suspicion. Jews believed that all Americans had the right to sell and consume alcohol, while prohibitionists insisted that alcohol commerce and consumption posed a threat to the nation's morality and security. The two groups possessed incompatible visions of what it meant to be a productive and patriotic American--and in 1920, when the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution made alcohol commerce illegal, Jews discovered that anti-Semitic sentiments had mixed with anti-alcohol ideology, threatening their reputation and their standing in American society.
Jews and Booze:Becoming an American in the Age of Prohibition with Marni Davis, Georgia State University
April Nigh graduated from Georgetown University's Master of Science in Foreign Service program in May 2012. Prior to Georgetown, she spent eight years in Beijing, China running programs for international non-profit organizations, including the Jane Goodall Institute China and Junior Achievement China. After graduation, April served as a Market Researcher at the USDA Agricultural Trade Office located in the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai, China, and she now works at the Grocery Manufacturers Association as a Manager of International Customs and Trade in the association's international affairs department. She is originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Retired basketball player, Dennis Rodman, and several members of the Harlem Globetrotters surprised the rest of the world when they arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday to film for a new HBO series, Vice. With tensions between the U.S. and the DPRK as high as ever, will "basketball diplomacy" make a difference? Professor Victor Cha discusses his thoughts on the goodwill visit.
Prof. Rynhold is the current Schusterman Visiting Professor in Israel Studies at George Washington University. Prof. Rynhold will present his analysis of the various grand strategies of Democrats, Liberals, and the Left towards the Middle East, as well as elite discourse and public attitudes towards the conflict. He explains the trend towards increasing criticism of Israel and increasing preference for a neutral approach to the conflict Prof.Rynhold argues this is not simply to do with changes in Israeli policy but deeper changes within the Democratic Party and among liberals in their attitudes to foreign policy and politics in general.
On February 12, 2013, North Korea conducted its third underground nuclear test. Dr. Victor Cha discusses the implications and new security concerns brought about by this latest test.
Ariela Keysar, “Freedom of Choice: Women and Demography in Israel, France and the US” Rev. Susan Thistlethwaite, “In the Eyes of Patriarchal Religion, All Women are Secular: What Can We Learn from This?” Pascale Fournier, “Religious Divorce and Civil Divorce for Jewish and Muslim Women in Canada: A Comparative Approach” Moderated by Aurora Nou
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