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Posted by Carnegie Council on October 5, 2015 at 2:48pm 0 Comments

The Center for International Relations announces its Spring 2015 Student Writing Competition where winners are eligible for publication in the upcoming issue of International Affairs Forum, a biannual publication on international affairs and economics.  

Submissions are open to any topic related to international affairs and economics issues. 

DEADLINE: December 19, 2015, midnight EST.

Submissions should be between 2500 – 3000 words, excluding footnotes. 

Please send your submission or questions to

Please see our Guidelines for more about style and manuscript preparation.

What We're Looking For: 

Listed below are several essays that provide a general sense of style and substance we're looking for:…


Democracy as Myth and Fact

Posted by Carnegie Council on October 5, 2015 at 11:28am 0 Comments

Acropolis and the Greek Parliament CREDIT:GNTO / Yannis Skoulas (CC)

This piece was written for the International New York Times Athens Democracy Forum, September 13-15, 2015. Carnegie Council was proud to be a co-sponsor of this Forum.

Myths give meaning to our lives. They are stories created to explain the human condition—creation, death, heroism, dignity, pain, pride, and suffering. There is an elevating character to myths. Gods and humans share the stage. One cannot come to Greece without feeling inspired by the ancient classical myths…


Islam, Faith, and Climate Change

Posted by Carnegie Council on September 24, 2015 at 1:54pm 3 Comments

 AMMAN – The Islamic Declaration on Climate Change, endorsed in August by Islamic scholars from around the world, calls on countries to phase out greenhouse-gas emissions and switch to 100% renewable energy. With 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, the collective statement sends a strong signal ahead of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit later this month, and the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December.

Released during a two-day symposium on Islam and climate change in Istanbul, the Declaration explains why Muslims should be responsible activists for the welfare of the planet, and sets out a series of demands to world leaders and the business community.

First, the Declaration calls…


Talking Peace in Person

Posted by Carnegie Council on September 16, 2015 at 12:37pm 1 Comment

"We became brothers." Bassam Aramin (left) and Rami Elhanan. CREDIT: Peter Singer

Middle East peace talks have stalled. The 2014 war in Gaza caused the deaths of more than 2,000 people and destruction totalling billions of dollars. Yet a group of 600 Palestinians and Israelis who have lost family members during seven decades of conflict have turned their backs on thoughts of revenge, and campaign for reconciliation. Peter Singer spoke to some of them.

The 600 Israelis and Palestinians of the bereaved families forum are struggling to build bridges between their two communities, although they have more reason than most to distrust 'the other side.' All of them have suffered the death of a close relative—a child, a parent, a brother or sister—in the recurrent violence that has…


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