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In this episode of The Source, we speak with world-renowned economist, senior UN advisor and best-selling author Jeffrey D. Sachs about recent developments in Ukraine and Gaza. We begin the interview by assessing the stalemate in the US Congress and the European Union on providing aid to Ukraine. We then talk about Israel’s war in Gaza and ask about the significance of the recent United Nations resolutions and the US veto against them. We inquire about Israel’s objective in Gaza as well as why the US continues to fully support it. We then discuss recent developments in civil liberties in relation to Israel and the Palestinian conflict in Germany and finally assess why the West selectively invokes international law.
Jeffrey D. Sachs is University Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, where he directed the Earth Institute from 2002 until 2016. He is President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Co-Chair of the Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition, Commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Development, academician of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences at the Vatican, and Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah Honorary Distinguished Professor at Sunway University. He has been Special Advisor to three United Nations Secretaries-General, and currently serves as an SDG Advocat under Secretary General António Guterres. He spent over twenty years as a professor at Harvard University, where he received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. Sachs has received 41 honorary doctorates, and his recent awards include the 2022 Tang Prize in Sustainable Development, the Legion of Honor by decree of the President of the Republic of France, and the Order of the Cross from the President of Estonia. His most recent books are The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions (2020) and Ethics in Action for Sustainable Development (2022).
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