Global Thought Podcast

CGT Chair Carol Gluck and CGT Vice Chair Vishakha N. Desai alternate hosting episodes featuring CGT Faculty members in conversations crossing disciplinary and national borders to address the challenges of our world today.

Listen to the first episodes of Global Thought Podcast in the below widget! Descriptions are provided below. Episodes are hosted on the CGT Soundcloud account, and available for streaming via Google Play, iTunes, Podcast Addict, Spotify, StitcherTunein, and Youtube.

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Episode 1: Adam Tooze

On the 2008 financial crisis and implications of deep globalization

In this Global Thought Podcast episode, Adam Tooze, Committee on Global Thought (CGT) Member and Professor of History at Columbia University, discusses his most recent book: Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World with host, CGT Chair Carol Gluck.

Tooze gives a bit of context into this prize-winning book as one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers for 2019. A key theme he discusses is the 2008 financial, global crisis and the ways that it was different than what the world anticipated. This glimpse into the inner sanctum of the global economy in a moment of high crisis, as Tooze explains, has interesting implications on the way that we think of and prepare for the future.

Episode 2: Neil K. Aggarwal

On media persuasion employed by groups in the global terrorist network

In this episode of Global Thought Podcast, Vishakha N. Desai, Vice Chair of the Committee on Global Thought (CGT), interviews Neil K. Aggarwal, Committee on Global Thought Member, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, and Research Psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatry Institute. Aggarwal discusses his new book, Media Persuasion in the Islamic State and the role of language and messaging and psychology of persuasion behind media operations of terrorist groups, specifically the Islamic State.

Aggarwal demonstrates the importance of examining media persuasion as a serious source of information and entry point to understanding the Islamic State and others in the global terrorist network. The way that these groups use language to make meaning is key to understanding a critique of globalization, understanding those who push back against the idea that everyone has a place in this transformed world.

Episode 3: Kian Tajbakhsh

On his personal experiences imprisoned in Iran and the meanings of multiplicity

In this Global Thought Podcast episode, host Vishakha N. Desai, Vice Chair of the Committee on Global Thought interviews Kian Tajbakhsh, a professor of Urban Planning and Urban Studies at Columbia University, Senior Program Manager at Columbia Global Centers and Development, and Fellow of Committee on Global Thought. Tajbakhsh describes his experience of returning to Iran and dissects competing paradigms of understanding world order.

Tajbakhsh discusses his features published this summer in the New York Review of Books telling the story of how his work on the Open Society Institute in Iran led to his interrogation and imprisonment in Iran, his subsequent trial and place in the negotiations with the US-Iranian Nuclear Deal, and this intersection of his personal and professional life as they relate to geopolitics and world order. He contemplates whether there could be a convergence internationally of universal norms or values, or if there are other ways to frame the world such as multipolarity, binary, or parallel universes.