February 2012 Blog Posts (4)

Hip Hop and the Arab Uprisings

Global Ethics Fellow Rami Khouri is quoted in this great essay on hip hop and the Arab uprisings. His contention is that "Arab Spring" makes it sound too much like flowers are blooming when truly people are fighting for their lives and freedoms. Here's an excerpt below. Check out the original article at…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on February 27, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Happy 98th Birthday, Carnegie Council

In honor of Carnegie Council's 98th anniversary, I just wanted to share a few thoughts on where we've been and where we're headed:

"This is an adventure such as has never been tried before," announced …

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Added by Joel Rosenthal on February 10, 2012 at 2:50pm — 3 Comments

Teaching Ethics in International Affairs

International Studies Perspectives has an issue available free online wherein they explore various aspects of teaching ethics in international affairs. The articles resulted from a colloquium held last year at the annual International Studies Association conference. I have pasted some of the titles, authors, and abstracts below with links to the full texts. Hopefully you will find…

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Added by Carnegie Council on February 9, 2012 at 6:56pm — No Comments

The Ties that Bind Japan

I was recently interviewed in the press about the recent Olympus scandal in Japan.

The Olympus episode illustrates competing moral virtues in Japan. In this case, it was the virtue of loyalty winning out over the virtue of honesty. I am increasingly coming to believe that one of the core problems in…

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Added by Devin Stewart on February 5, 2012 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

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A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism, with Adam Gopnik

In his eloquent defense of liberalism, Adam Gopnik goes back to its origins and argues that rather than being emphasizing the role of the individual, "two principles, the principle of community and the principle of compromise," are at the core of the liberal project. Indeed, these are the essential elements of humane, pluralist societies; and in an age of autocracy, our very lives may depend on their continued existence.

Global Ethics Weekly: The Mueller Report & U.S. Foreign Policy, with Jonathan Cristol

A lot of the talk about the Mueller Report has focused on its political and legal implications, but how will it affect U.S. foreign policy? Adelphi College's Jonathan Cristol discusses the reactions of allies and adversaries to Trump's passivity in the face of massive Russian interference in the U.S. election and congressional inaction and public apathy concerning presidential corruption. Plus, he details recent U.S. policy moves on Iran and the significance of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's speech to U.S. Congress.

Wichita and American Global Engagement

Senior Fellw Nikolas Gvosdev discusses his takeaways from a visit to the Wichita Committee on Foreign Relations and from a talk from foreign policy analyst Aly Wyne. He writes the U.S. foreign policy establishment needs to work on engendering trust and articulate clearer goals.

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