Tell everyone a little about yourself and what you hope to gain from the Global Ethics Network.
I have been traveling the world engaging in various humanitarian activities with small teams of people who are helping those in need. I also teach Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, and International Integration & Regional Trade to undergraduate and graduate students around the world.
I have come to realize teaching future leaders that they have an ethical responsibility to make the world a better place is a great start for creating a more peaceful world. However, I have come to realize that more can be done, and should be done associated with developing domestic policies and trade agreements that are benefitial for all those involved. It all starts with a respect and honor for humanity...which is the beginning of any talk concerning ethics.
Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life. - Albert Schweitzer
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Rome-based journalist Barbie Latza Nadeau tells the horrifying story of the thousands of Nigerian women and girls duped into being trafficked to Italy, where they are forced to become sex slaves, drug mules, or weapons smugglers. How can this be stopped? The Nigerian government turns a blind eye, Libya, the transit point, is a failed state, and Italy is overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of migrants--plus prostitution is legal there.
Muhammad Musa is executive director of BRAC, which is working with the one million Rohingya refugees living in camps in Bangladesh. He describes the problems there, including growing tensions with the host community and the threat of the coming monsoon season, which may bring floods and landslides. He looks forward to the day when the Rohingya can go home to Myanmar, but this can only occur with the help of the international community.
In this panel Adrian Basora makes a strong case for democracy as not only promoting American values but also serving U.S. interests, while Maia Otarashvili gives a frightening overview of the rise of "illiberal values" (Viktor Orbán's phrase) in the Eurasia region. Basora and Otarashvili are co-editors of "Does Democracy Matter? The United States and Global Democracy Support" and Nikolas Gvosdev is one of the contributors.