Digital Library

  • Dr. William J. Perry on "Nuclear Threats in a Chaotic World"

    Dr. William J. Perry was the 19th U.S. Secretary of Defense. He spoke to a LAWAC dinner about why nuclear threats are greater today than they were during the Cold War. To learn more about Dr. Perry visit
  • Maureen Dowd on "The Year of Voting Dangerously"

    Dowd has covered Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton since the 1990s. She was with the real estate mogul when he shyly approached his first Presidential rope line in 1999. She won a Pulitzer prize that same year for her penetrating columns on Bill Clinton's impeachment follies. In this perilous campaign season, The New York Times columnist traces the psychologies and pathologies in one of the nastiest and most significant presidential campaign battles ever.
  • Karl Rove talks to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council May 12, 2016 - full discussion

    Republican strategist Karl Rove said that the unfavorable polls for this presidential election are "jaw-droppingly bad" and that voters are faced with "choosing between the lesser of two evils." He said Trump has "thrown out the rule book", and "anybody who says they know how this election will turn out is kidding themselves." Rove spoke at a Los Angeles World Affairs Council event Thursday, May 12th about American politics throughout history and his new book The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters.
  • Brian Jenkins on the Evolution of Terrorism

    Brian Jenkins, senior adviser to the President of Rand Corporation and expert on counterterrorism, in conversation with Terry McCarthy, President of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.

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  • Reza Aslan on the three things we know about Jesus

    2/5/2014 Author Reza Aslan talks to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council about the three things he says we know about the historical figure of Jesus – and the immense amount of information we have about the time he lived through.
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali – Muslims must renounce violence

    2/22/2007 Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells the Los Angeles World Affairs Council why Muslims must give up violence, as Christian radicals have learned to do
  • Gen David Petraeus - whole government approach to counterterrorism

    9/3/2009 General David Petraeus tells the Los Angeles World Affairs Council how counterterrorism needs whole-of-government approach, not just Special Forces
  • Joe Cirincione: “Pakistan is the Most Dangerous Country on Earth”

    3/3/15 Joe Cirincione, President of Ploughshares Fund, tells the Los Angeles World Affairs Council why he thinks Pakistan’s nuclear weapons and its domestic instability make it “the most dangerous country on earth.”
  • Elon Musk on self-driving cars

    11/18/13 Elon Musk talks to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council about Safety and Self-Driving Cars.
  • Elon Musk on flying to Mars

    11/18/13 Elon Musk tells the Los Angeles World Affairs Council how humans could get to Mars, and live there under a transparent dome.

The Digital Library has been made possible through a generous grant from the Giles W. And Elise G. Mead Foundation