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).

Retooling: Expertise at a Moment of Uncertainty
Summary by Keertan Chauhan

What makes a person a great expert? What is it like to be an expert at this moment of profound uncertainty? What are the challenges and the possibilities? Experts who confront profound issues during uncertain times and decide how to proceed must constantly “retool:” they examine, then re-examine and adjust, within and beyond their field of expertise. (read more)


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)


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)


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)