Airing: May 13, 2017

Coming Up: Shifting Sands

Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mark Fayloga

Glenn Hastedt and Bernd Kaussler (James Madison University) are the authors of a new book that offers a realist critique of US foreign policy toward the Middle East in the past decade. And: Far right populist parties have been on the rise in Europe, from France’s National Front to Bulgaria’s Attack Party. Tatiana Rizova (Christopher Newport University) explores how these parties are gaining ground and discusses whether power will continue to swing in their direction.

Later in the show: The United States gives out roughly 25 billion dollars a year in foreign aid projects. Is that money ending up in the right hands and what is it accomplishing? Michael Tierney (College of William and Mary) and his colleagues have created AidData to allow the public to follow the money. Also: Biologists have used game theory to explain the rise and fall of species. Now Atin Basu (Virginia Military Institute) and fellow economists have applied evolutionary game theory to the greatest organism of all: human civilization. They believe the lack of “foresightedness” in a culture can explain the fall of a civilization.

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