Featured Blog Posts – January 2013 Archive (12)

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

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

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