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Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Shadi Hamid (Brookings Institution, Islamic Exceptionalism)

Shadi details how the US should aid the Syrian rebels, and Bob asks if he’s really ready for all-out war. Bob asks whether intervening wouldn’t mean being on Al Qaeda’s side. Bob and Shadi disagree about the lessons of Libya. They close by discussing which is more naïve—believing that sanctions will topple Assad or believing that military intervention would bring stable peace.

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Recorded:May 27    Posted:May 28, 2012
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Worldwise | May 28, 2012 | Robert Wright & Shadi Hamid

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The traits that make your self yourself

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Robert Wright speaks with psychologist Nina Strohminger about her research on the essential components of the self.

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The Bret Stephens bedbug affair

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Why Glenn Loury moved right (again)

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Climate change as culture war

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the political difficulties of finding consensus on fighting climate change.

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