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Warm Invitaion: I am a graduate student in China. My major is English teaching, and I am looking for a partner who is willing to win a trip to New York! I like culture study and once be a Chinese teacher for Americans.The most important thing is I wanna find a true friend and we can enjoy the collaboration.

Added by Zhu Yang on February 8, 2013 at 3:44am — No Comments

Global Civics Documentary in Six Languages

Jian Yi's documentary, Global Civics, has been one of the more popular videos at the Global Ethics Network, and now it is available in six languages. The links are below. In this documentary, ordinary people in nine countries -including workers in South Africa, businessmen in Argentina, China and Turkey, students in India and United States- thoughtfully debate whether a global civics is desirable and feasible. New language options will make the documentary more accessible to students around…

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Added by Hakan Altinay on February 7, 2013 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Thought Leader: Jonathan Haidt

JOEL ROSENTHAL: My first question has to do with the moment we’re living in now. There’s a certain timelessness to your work, talking about human nature, moral argument. But is there anything morally distinct about the time that we’re living in now?

JONATHAN HAIDT: I think the time we’re living in now is…

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Added by Carnegie Council on February 6, 2013 at 5:50pm — 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

Why Social Covenants Matter to Transitions and Conflict Resolution

Political theorists have for the most part focused on the state when thinking about how to make countries work better for their populations. This has naturally led to a concern with…

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Added by Seth Kaplan on February 3, 2013 at 2:50pm — No Comments

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the prism of IHL

After Palestine was accepted as a non-member observer state to the United Nations last year, Israel immediately announced that it would construct new settlements in what it continued to recognize as the Occupied Palestinian Territories. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to gather that this is the biggest obstacle to peace negotiations between both states.

The Israel-Palestine conflict goes back a long way – involving plenty of questions of legality, each beset with plenty of…

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Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on February 3, 2013 at 12:59am — 1 Comment

Young Professionals in Human Rights: An Interview with Kelly Hinde

Our second guest, Kelly Hinde is a Program Officer with the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. In this post, she discusses her experience working with refugees and asylum seekers in the context of third country resettlement and provides insights into the refugee resettlement program in the United States. 

1.       Can you tell us about your educational background- where did you complete your undergraduate studies from? What was your specialization…

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Added by Neha Bhat on February 1, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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

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

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

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

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

Intervening in Mali

In my Last Post, I spoke about the DR Congo vis-a-vis Intervention on Humanitarian Grounds. This post focuses on Mali.

When a bunch of junior soldiers seized control of Mali’s Presidential Palace, declaring the government dissolved and its constitution suspended, the world didn’t sit up and take notice. When there was a spate of destruction directed at…

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Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on December 31, 2012 at 1:22am — No Comments

Islamism & Global Ethics

In a recent piece published on the Open Democracy website, Kerem Oktem of the Oxford University claims that the end of 'Islamism with a human face' in Turkey might be coming to an end.

Places in context of recent trends in Egypt (and the Middle East in general) the article may raise a number of ethical questions about the transition of power from rigid but largely…

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Added by Eldar Sarajlic on December 26, 2012 at 10:24pm — No Comments

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