Dr. Joyce Banda served as the first female president of Malawi from 2012 to 2014 and founded the People’s Party in 2011. Prior to serving as president, Dr. Banda was the first female vice president of Malawi. She is the founder of the Joyce Banda Foundation, the National Association of Business Women, and the Young […]

Professor Jonathan Kirshner is a Professor of International Political Economy at Cornell University. His research focuses on classical realism, the international political implications of the financial crisis, and the politics of mid-century cinema.BPR: Last year, the Chinese government lowered the interest rate by 5 percent, leading to a significant depreciation. How would you describe the […]

Roberta Jacobson ’82  is an American diplomat who is currently the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. She previously served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs from March 2012, to May 2016, in which she led a U.S. delegation to Havana for historic talks with the Cuban government and negotiated the reopening of the American […]

Charles “Chas” Freeman, Jr. is an American diplomat, author, and writer. He served as the US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 1989 to 1992 during Gulf War and was the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs from 1993 to 1994. From 1997 to 2009, Freeman served as the president of the Middle East Policy […]

Jang Jin-Sung is the is the pseudonym of a former North Korean propaganda poet and government official who defected to South Korea in 2004. He currently runs the North Korean defectors’ magazine, New Focus, which aims to report on North Korean news without North Korean media restrictions.What are the standards for a good propaganda poem?  The only […]

Mei Fong, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, has reported on the societal impacts of China’s burgeoning economy. Her most recent book, One-Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment, explores the conditions and effects of China’s one-child policy.BPR: Do you think that, ultimately, the one-child policy was successful? Did it achieve what it set out to […]

Kenneth Roth is the executive director of Human Rights Watch, one of the world’s leading international human rights organizations, which currently operates in more than 90 countries. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch in 1987, Roth served as a federal prosecutor during the Iran-Contra investigation. BPR: Many nations argue that the concept of human rights […]

Victor Fowler is a renowned Cuban writer of the Revolutionary Era. He has remained in Cuba and has published numerous essays and poetry collections, often focusing on the body, race, and sexuality. BPR: What is the significance of being born in the period known as Revolutionary Cuba? How did your upbringing during this period influence […]

Hagai El-Ad is an Israeli human rights activist and currently serves as the director of B’Tselem: The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. BPR: Have actions against your organization by the Israeli government and private groups been a tipping point for political discourse in Israel? How do you push back against […]

 The following are two separate interviews presenting contrasting opinions on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly known as the Iran Deal, negotiated between Iran and the “P5+1” nations, including the United States, in 2015.  Mark Dubowitz is the Executive Director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a foreign policy think tank, which opposed the Iranian […]

John Sopko is Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. He has worked as a prosecutor in Ohio and served in the Senate and House of Representatives conducting investigations. BPR: When you were serving at the Senate, how did you decide on what to investigate?John Sopko: What to investigate is determined by the chairman or the jurisdiction […]

Dr. Sarah Tobin is an anthropologist at The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, with expertise in Islam. Her work explores transformations in religious and economic life, Islamic authority, and normative Islam, public ethics, and Islamic authenticity. BPR: What would you say to nationalists in Europe and elsewhere who may make anti-Islamic […]