On Aug. 14, CWRU School of Law’s Talking Foreign Policy radio show/podcast will tackle the challenge of today’s foreign tyrants

Scharf in the studio recording Talking Foreign Policy

Every American generation has had to respond to foreign tyrants. The Greatest Generation stood up to Hitler, Mussolini, Hirohito and Stalin. The Baby Boomers grappled with Castro, Khomeini, Hussein, and Gaddafi.  In his acclaimed book, “The Age of the Strongman,” author Gideon Rachman argues that we are facing a unique period when so-called “Strongmen” leaders are proliferating like never before. 

What makes a “strongman”?  Why are we seeing them spread across the globe? And what are the best ways to respond to the threats they pose?  In the next broadcast of Talking Foreign Policy (Monday, Aug. 14, at 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.), CWRU Law School’s Dean, Michael Scharf, and a panel of experts will seek to answer these timely and important questions.

For this broadcast, Scharf is joined from London by the Executive Director of the International Bar Association, Mark Ellis; from D.C. by the Ambassador at Large for Global Criminal Justice, Beth van Schaack; from North Carolina by the former Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, David Crane; from Cape Cod by the former head of the Pentagon’s International Law Branch, Greg Noone; from Northern Virginia by the President of the Public International Law & Policy Group Paul Williams; and from the Ideastream studio in Cleveland by the Director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, Shannon French. 

Talking Foreign Policy is broadcast on Cleveland’s NPR Station, WKSU 89.7 FM in Cleveland, and its syndicates throughout Ohio.  It is streamed worldwide from ideastream Public Media: How to Access Ideastream Public Media Broadcasts | Ideastream Public Media. It is also available to listen to as a podcast anytime at: Talking Foreign Policy | School of Law | Case Western Reserve University.

Talking Foreign Policy has aired quarterly since 2011. Recent episodes of the program have tackled such issues as: The Indictment of Vladimir Putin and Lessons from the Afghanistan Fiasco.

Talking Foreign Policy is part of Case Western Reserve University School of Law’s 10th ranked International Law Program.  To learn more about our international law program, we invite you to read the latest issue of our Case Global newsmagazine.