January 2013 Blog Posts (17)

Water Crisis and National Security

Societies and civilizations formed around rivers and lakes or near other sources of fresh water. Where no permanent supply existed, entire societies grew as nomadic cultures that followed the seasonal patterns of rain. Water is the most plentiful natural resource on the planet. Over two-thirds of the earth is covered by water, more than 97 percent of it found in the oceans. According to water statistics compiled by the United Nations (UN), however, the total usable supply of fresh water…

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Added by Remy Mauduit on January 31, 2013 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Muslim Democracies: A New Kind of Political System?

The 2012 victory of Islamic parties after the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia has brought back the “endless” doubt regarding the role of Islam in possible transitions to democracy. This doubt has been shaped for decades by the circumstances of the Islamic Revolution in Iran that resulted into an authoritarian regime ruled by clerics, not to mention by the fear of elections leading to civil…

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Added by Jocelyne Cesari on January 31, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Young Professionals in Human Rights: An Interview with Isabel Erreguerena

Beginning this week, I will be interviewing individuals working in the field of human rights and presenting their experiences to the GEN community. I hope that this effort will foster more communication, dialogue and exchange of information! 

Have a question for Isabel? Please post as comments and I will get them answered! 

Isabel Erreguerena, our first guest, is currently an Alumni Fund Scholar, pursuing her LLM in International Legal Studies at American…

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Added by Neha Bhat on January 29, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Access Ethics & International Affairs and more for free

Cambridge University Press has made all its content published in 2012 free for six weeks. All you need to do is register.

You can now read in full the entire volume 26 of Ethics &…

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Added by Zornitsa Stoyanova on January 28, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Rethinking IHL

Two years have passed, and Syria is still embroiled in the catastrophic civil war that started in 2011. It is no surprise to hear Lakhdar Brahimi’s words against this background: that this year could witness the loss of 100,000 more lives in Syria.

Following closely at the heels of a massacre near a University, this statement just reiterates how helpless the world is about the situation. The massacre itself took place after air strikes on refugee camps and people queuing up for food.…

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Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on January 27, 2013 at 1:02am — No Comments

Geoethics - International Association for Geoethics

Dear colleagues, It is a pleasure for me to introduce the International Association for Geoethics (IAGETH)

Added by Jesús Martínez-Frías on January 25, 2013 at 3:36pm — 4 Comments

North Korea Witness to Transformation Weekly Update Jan 25th

In this blog, we report on developments in and around North Korea, including the broader security setting and political, economic and social change in the country.

Marcus Noland: Deputy Director & Senior Fellow Peterson Institute for International Economics

Stephan Haggard: Lawrence and Sallye Krause Professor at the University of California, San Diego Graduate…

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Added by Alex Melton on January 25, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Will Afghanistan Descend into a State of Chaos?

Following the Soviet departure, Afghanistan descended into a state of chaos. Will this happen in 2014, when the US troops draw out of the country finally? Back when the Soviet withdrawal took place, Afghanistan was embroiled in ferocious battles that took place between the warlords and the Taliban. The latter emerged the victor, although warlords still continue to thrive in the region. When the United States’ troops leave Afghanistan, there is a concern that Afghanistan may sink into a state…

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Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on January 23, 2013 at 4:30am — No Comments

CONTEST: Innovative Ideas to Promote Ethics in Finance

The theme of the 2012–2013 Robin Cosgrove Prize is: "Innovative Ideas to Promote Ethics in Finance." Please see below for full details on how to participate.

The Robin Cosgrove Prize aims to encourage and promote:

  • Awareness of the fundamental role of ethics in the world of finance;
  • Precise…
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Added by Carnegie Council on January 22, 2013 at 5:18pm — No Comments

BOOK REVIEW: Global Civics by Hakan Altinay

Ayse Kaya of Swarthmore College reviews Global Civics: Responsibilities and Rights in an Interdependent World, Hakan Altinay, ed. (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2011), 145 pp., $18.95 paper. Republished from …

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Added by Carnegie Council on January 22, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Michael Ignatieff: Reimagining a Global Ethic

This is the lead article in the symposium "In Search of a Global Ethic" in Ethics & International Affairs 26.1 (Spring 2012). For the full symposium, click…

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Added by Carnegie Council on January 22, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Human trafficking for begging: should you ever give money to beggars on the street?

The topic came to light in the public eye with the award-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire. Trafficking for begging is a business model: kids are kidnapped and blinded in order to cause more pity with the passers-by. Begging ring handlers use them to generate revenues.

Previously, I wrote on the issue in the book Trafficking for…

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Added by Iveta Cherneva on January 19, 2013 at 8:20am — No Comments

R&D Efforts to manage and restore sea cucumber population in the Philippines

This was the articlei wrote when i was at the Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Agricultural Research, the primary government institution task to spearhead agriculture R&D in the country.

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"Ugly as you may see it but sea cucumber is a delicious and nutritious delicacy," said Dr. Marie Antonette R.…

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Added by Edmon Agron on January 17, 2013 at 3:30am — No Comments

The UN in Congo: Watching from Above....

http://www.economist.com/blogs/baobab/2013/01/un-congo

A very interesting perspective on a possible monitoring tactic by the UN in East Congo. Congo has long been known as the "Rape Capital of the World," with staggering statistics of violence against women. It was recently reported by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (after conducting expansive community surveys in Congo), that one woman is raped every 60 seconds…

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Added by Ashleigh Long on January 16, 2013 at 7:37pm — No Comments

One step at a time

January 3 this year marked a milestone in Palestine’s history. After being officially recognized as a state in November 29, January 3 witnessed the signing of Decree #1 for 2013, by Mahmoud Abbas, acting in his capacities as the President of State of Palestine and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation. It was a simple signature, but one that signifies a historically huge achievement for the country, nonetheless.

The decree creates a five-year…

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Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on January 16, 2013 at 4:55am — No Comments

Making a lasting political solution

Less than a week ago, Syrian President Bashar Assad addressed his country via television, denouncing his opponents as enemies of God, and puppets of the West. 21 months of civil war that has wiped 60,000 lives single-handedly has ut life in his country into a state of disarray. Assad has spoken out with his perspectives on the issues in his country after speaking to the Russian media in November last year, and after nearly eight months of speaking in Syria.  …

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Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on January 10, 2013 at 11:02am — No Comments

CFP: Climate Change, Sustainability and an Ethics of an Open Future

“Climate Change, Sustainability and an Ethics of an Open Future”

Societas Ethica Annual Conference, August 22-25, 2013 Kontakt der Kontinente, Soesterberg, Netherlands

This will be the 50th Societas Ethica conference. It is realized in cooperation with the ESF Network “A Right to a Green Future”.…

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Added by Evan Berry on January 9, 2013 at 11:52am — No Comments

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Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time, with David Miliband

Today there are 65 million people who have fled their homes because of conflict or persecution, says the International Rescue Committee's David Miliband. These are refugees not economic migrants, and half of them are children. It's a long-term crisis that will last our lifetimes. Why should we care? And what can we do about it, both at a policy level and as individuals?

Clip of the Month: Winning the Argument on Immigration with David Miliband

As president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), David Miliband oversees both the agency's humanitarian relief operations and its refugee resettlement and assistance programs in several American cities. Although he was not responsible for the EU’s decisions on refugees or immigrants, during his tenure as the United Kingdom’s foreign secretary from 2007 to 2010, he saw how his government responded to an unexpectedly large influx of European workers and the resulting impact on British society. In this clip, Miliband draws on both of these roles and explains why he is confident that Europeans and Americans can be convinced that immigration, in all of its forms, can be positive, economically and culturally. In any case, he says, it’s an argument that "has to be won."

Slowing the Proliferation of Major Conventional Weapons with Jonathan D. Caverley

The news is full of discussions on how to prevent further nuclear proliferation. But you can't understand a conflict like Syria without talking about major conventional weapons, such as artillery, missile defense, and aircraft, says military strategist Jonathan Caverley. Since the U.S. is by far the world's largest producer of such weapons, Caverley proposes that it creates a cartel, similar to OPEC, to slow down sales.

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