Forum Summaries:

Meridian 180 publishes summaries of the central themes and ideas discussed in our online forums. Forum summaries are drafted by students and interns (and occasionally by Meridian members).

Is Democracy Sustainable in an Aging Nation?
Summary by Michael Lee

Does the survival of democracy and capitalism as leading political and economic practices depend upon equal connection between those in the political arena and those in the productive economic class? Taking the aging population into consideration, members hypothesized about the future of the system. (read more)

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Terms of Trade: The Utility of Language Ambiguity
Summary by Eudes Lopes

Language ambiguity provides for interpretation, opinion, and meaning, but sometimes makes adherence difficult. Members discussed the uses, benefits, and consequences of language ambiguity in a transnational political context, focusing on the World Trade Organization. (read more)

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Privacy 2.0
Summary by Elise DeVido

By turning our attention to transnational negotiations of privacy and its underlying values, we can contribute to an area not yet widely addressed by contemporary research. In this forum, members applied their opinions on the issue of contemporary privacy rights and policies to the trans-pacific dialogue. (read more)

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Some Thoughts on Privacy and Privacy Rights
Summary by Elise DeVido

Increase in availability and exchange of information through the Internet has posed many to wonder whether regulations on privacy should tighten. This discussion attempted to answer this through the definition of privacy, the degree of government intervention into privacy, and the appropriate parameter of privacy rights. (read more)

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