September 2011 Blog Posts (2)

Welcome to the Global Ethics Network.

Welcome to Carnegie Council's Global Ethics Network. We have launched this project in the hope of building a global community dedicated to reimagining international relations for the 21st century. The world is facing major challenges—climate change, global poverty, and political instability—yet our tools for communicating and coordinating action are stronger than ever. That's why we have designed this network to be a collaborative…

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Added by Joel Rosenthal on September 16, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

In Search of a Global Ethic

I just wanted to share some remarks I gave on August 31 at the Tenth Anniversary Lecture Series of the Bard College Globalization and International Affairs Program. Andrew Carnegie's 1914 call for world peace still resonates today, though it is sounding a little out of tune given the intervening history and current state of affairs. My belief is that we can begin to harmonize global cooperation if we acknowledge three problems—crusading, nihilism, and moral equivalence—and match… Continue

Added by Joel Rosenthal on September 13, 2011 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

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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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