January 2012 Blog Posts (6)

A New Award for Vaccine Innovation

Bill Gates presented his annual letter this week outlining the achievements and future priorities of his foundation's work in global health and development. Key among the points he made was a focus on agricultural innovation to combat plant diseases and increase productivity for poor…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on January 27, 2012 at 6:08pm — No Comments

A Conversation with Thomas Pogge

Yale University Professor Thomas Pogge spoke at Carnegie Council on January 19, and I summarize here his talk on why Ethics…

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Added by Sarah Aston on January 25, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Importance of Being Open

All the Internet protest today over the censorship and due process violations of the Stop Online Piracy and Protect IP acts has caused me to reflect on the ethic of openness that we have promoted over the years at Policy Innovations. Our coverage has focused on the potential…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on January 18, 2012 at 7:22pm — No Comments

I Have 30 Slaves Working for Me.

According to Slavery Footprint, a new app designed to raise awareness of global labor issues, I have 30 slaves working for me. Of course, these people are not my employees or property or in any way indentured to me. Instead it is through my…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on January 17, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Rehabilitating Haiti: A Long Way to Go

Haiti marked the second anniversary of its devastating earthquake this week, forcing the world to reflect on how it has handled this humanitarian disaster. For coverage I recommend GlobalPost's special report, Fault Line: Aid, Politics, and…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on January 13, 2012 at 6:44pm — No Comments

On the Path to Ethical Trade

Between weapons, women, and goods produced by slave labor, the world has a long way to go on the path to ethical trade. The energy market is particularly problematic, given how fundamental it is to the global economy, how much of it comes from regimes recognized as violators of human rights, and how stubbornly the industry has obstructed efforts to tackle climate change. That's partly why…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on January 12, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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The Ethics of the "Doorstep"

The "doorstep test" requires policymakers to be able to articulate how, and to what degree, something happening in the world connects to the day-to-day experience, needs, and interests of the citizenry. This construct requires honesty and reminds us that domestic policy and foreign policy ought to be linked.

Malaysian & Indonesian Elections, with Meredith Weiss & Jeremy Menchik

This fascinating conversation begins with a discussion of the critical importance of Southeast Asia, including the rise of China and its ambitions in the region. Then Professor Weiss focuses on Malaysia and the return of the formidable 93-year old Mahathir as prime minister. Next, Professor Menchik discusses the complex situation in Indonesia--a country with 17,000 islands and 300-plus ethnic groups--and the upcoming elections there.

Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment, with Francis Fukuyama

The rise of global populism is the greatest threat to global democracy, and it's mainly driven not by economics, but by people's demand for public recognition of their identities, says political scientist Francis Fukuyama. "We want other people to affirm our worth, and that has to be a political act." How is this playing out in the U.S., Europe, and Asia? What practical steps can we take to counteract it?

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