Worlds Apart

  • Values in transition?
    Martin Luther King famously said that the arc of history is bending toward justice – a statement sometimes dismissed as too idealistic, but that may actually have a basis in social science. More than 30 years of research by Ronald Inglehart...
  • Worlds Apart
    Worlds Apart is a fast-paced, in-depth discussion on the most pressing issues facing the world today.It strives to depart from the traditional Q&A form of interview in favor of a more emotive and engaging conversation. Host Oksana Boyko is not afraid to ask the hard questions that others avoid, with the aim of promoting intelligent public debate.
  • Values in transition?
    Values in transition?
    Martin Luther King famously said that the arc of history is bending toward justice – a statement sometimes dismissed as too idealistic, but that may actually have a basis in social science. More than 30 years of research by Ronald Inglehart...
  • Climate of denial?
    Climate of denial?
    Just a few months ago, the Paris climate change agreement was celebrated as a new model for international problem solving, proof of President Obama’s consensus-seeking genius, and a victory of foresight over immediate gratification. Now that...
  • Forever in hope?
    Forever in hope?
    Fifty years of occupation and 10 years of blockade have done their worst in normalizing the suffering and legitimizing the injustice in Palestine. So much so that many now believe the absence of a solution has become a solution in itself. Is that...
  • Cruisin’ for a bruisin’?
    Cruisin’ for a bruisin’?
    The Tomahawk missiles launched by two American destroyers on Syria last week definitely had a bombshell effect on global politics, but they haven’t changed the balance of power on the ground. Was the strike a pitch for a new American strategy...
  • Collusion or collision?
    Collusion or collision?
    As one Russian expert noted, those who feared US-Russian collusion will now have to fear their collision – specifically, over Syria. With Washington reverting to its practice of raining bombs on foreign countries and Moscow beefing up its air...
  • Rhymes of history?
    Rhymes of history?
    More than once St. Petersburg has played a catalytic role in Russia’s history, propelling the country’s development and taking down governments. It was in this city, where Russian terrorism was born, that it struck again this week. How...
  • Breaking the ice?
    Breaking the ice?
    To an outsider, Iceland may seem like a place removed from the perturbations of the world, an island of calm in a sea of geopolitical calamity. But the Icelanders themselves, it seems, are much more eager to engage than to escape. What do they have...
  • Two-way street?
    Two-way street?
    The anti-corruption protests across Russia have given a jolt to what initially promised to be a slow and boring presidential campaign. With thousands of people taking to the streets, demanding answers from the number two man in Russia's power...
  • Banality of terror?
    Banality of terror?
    The Westminster Bridge attack in London followed a familiar terrorist script with a few new twists. The attacker was older, the vehicle was smaller, and the outcry was more subdued. Are we all getting used to the banality of terror? To discuss this,...
  • Big in Japan?
    Big in Japan?
    For uneasy neighbors and unreconciled former enemies like Russia and Japan, their recent contacts have been remarkably amicable. After decades of insisting on zero-sum outcomes, Moscow and Tokyo now say they want to find a win-win. To discuss this,...