Human Rights Radio

Episode 8: Building Democracies Around the World (57 mins 32 secs)

*this episode originally aired on Robin Hood Radio on Friday, November 28, 2014*


Interview 1. A day in the life of an international elections monitor

Professor James Ketterer has monitored elections throughout the world for two decades now, and he shared some of his experiences, most recently of his time in the Ukraine during the presidential election in May 2014, with Human Rights Radio.

Prof. Ketterer teaches in the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program, Middle Eastern Studies, and Political Studies programs here at Bard College.  His teaching interests include International Relations of the Middle East; Soft Power: Diplomacy and Development; Research Methods for International Affairs; the United Nations, and the Arab League.  He is a 2012-2014 Center on Public Democracy (CPD) Research Fellow.

Interview 2. The language of human rights within NATO’s international military framework

Two international relations experts share their thoughts on how NATO interprets and integrates human rights standards both within its organization and in some of the places where NATO operations are ongoing.

Joe Burton, Victoria University of Wellington
Joe Burton is a lecturer in International Relations and International Security at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.   He has a PhD and Master of International Studies degree from the University of Otago and an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.   He has also worked in professional politics as a ministerial advisor, national campaign coordinator, legislative assistant, researcher, and political organizer.  Joe’s doctoral research was on the NATO alliance. His research is currently focused on U.S. foreign policy, contemporary security issues, such as cyber security and energy security, and how states, non-state actors, international organizations, and alliances are adapting to deal with new strategic challenges.

Simona Soare
National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (NUPSA)
Center for East European and Asian Studies

Simona Soare has a BA in Political Science, an MA in Conflict Analysis and a PhD in International Relations. Her PhD thesis focused on soft balancing as a response to U.S. policy in Iraq. She is currently developing a qualitative comparative research project on the American and European grand strategy/defense policies and systemic strategic roles as part of her postdoc fellowship with the NUPSPA in Bucharest. The result of her research project will be a book on the overall topic of U.S. Foreign Policy and the Pivot to Asia: Implications and consequences for European security.


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