March 2012 Blog Posts (14)

Are Values a Lost Cause?

It was with keen interest and mixed feelings that I read the recent commentary by Greg Smith, the Goldman Sachs executive who resigned with a flourish on March 14, publishing his reasons in the New York Times. He argues that a "toxic" culture has…

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Added by Mary Gentile on March 30, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Business Ethics Training

Many global corporations now incorporate ethics training into their compliance programs as they recognise the need to establish a culture where people do the right thing because the know and understand it is the right thing, rather than because a book of rules says it is.

Ethics training is designed to assist employees and managers to recognise the essentially human behavior that shapes cultural challenges and business imperatives and decide how decisions are made. It is designed to…

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Added by Dr Attracta Lagan on March 28, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Ethics and War in Homer's Iliad

I gave this talk at the annual Maine Humanities Council Winter Weekend Seminar, at Bowdoin College, earlier this month. I look forward to your thoughts. 

When I was in 9th grade, confronting the Iliad for the first time, I had two questions. First, why is it so important that…

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Added by Joel Rosenthal on March 28, 2012 at 4:07pm — 1 Comment

A New World Order Is Born in Syria

"We may be witnessing in Syria the first example of a new global diplomatic process to end a conflict, protect civilians, and instigate democratic political reforms within a sovereign country in a manner that is at once legitimate, credible and effective,"…

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Added by Carnegie Council on March 28, 2012 at 2:40pm — No Comments

The Iran Sanctions Experiment by Marcus Noland and Stephan Haggard

Sanctions are a complex technology with correspondingly complex macro- and microeconomic as well as political effects. Iran is currently facing quite draconian oil-related sanctions, most notably the EU decision in January 2012, to wind down purchases of Iranian crude oil by July 1, 2012. But the country has also been hit by a wave of complex financial sanctions that may be of interest to North Korean watchers; we focus on those here although their effects will be compounded by the squeeze…

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Added by Alex Melton on March 28, 2012 at 11:32am — No Comments

North Korea: Witness to Transformation Weekly Blog Update March 26th

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 March 26, 2012 at 10:57am — No Comments

World Water Day: Selected Stories from Policy Innovations

In honor of World Water Day, I compiled some of our top water stories, videos, and reports from Policy Innovations magazine:

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Global Water Crisis: Selected Resources from Carnegie Council

The need for adequate, affordable drinking and irrigation water is a growing international crisis. Carnegie Council presents a collection of materials on…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on March 22, 2012 at 5:36pm — No Comments

BOOK REVIEW: The Practice of Global Citizenship

From our latest issue of Ethics & International Affairs:

The Practice of Global Citizenship, Luis Cabrera (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 314 pp., $90 cloth, $31.99 paper.

Mark Gibney (Reviewer)

Human rights are (universally) declared to be universal, yet we continue to live in a world where it is seemingly quite natural to limit human rights obligations to a state's own territorial borders. No…

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Added by Carnegie Council on March 22, 2012 at 3:20pm — No Comments

North Korea: Witness to Transformation Weekly Blog Update March 16th

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 March 20, 2012 at 6:19pm — No Comments

Kony Kony Kony Has Done It Again

Kony. Kony. Kony. It was hard to get the word out of my head last week after Invisible Children released a movie with the intention of making the brutal warlord Joseph Kony "famous." Pundits lined up to take their…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on March 13, 2012 at 6:32pm — No Comments

In a G-Zero World, It's Every Nation for Itself

"This book is not about the decline of the West," political scientist Ian Bremmer assures us in the introduction of his new book. "Nor is this a book about the rise of China and other emerging markets." Well, that's a relief.

Many pundits are giddily predicting the end of American preeminence and China's inevitable domination, but we have all seen that movie before. The…

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Added by Devin Stewart on March 12, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Philosophy and Education in Brazil: Teaching Kant to Grade Schoolers

In a fascinating article in the most recent issue of the Boston Review, explores the mandated teaching of philosophy to all Brazilian public school students. The program has been in force since 2008 and is the largest in…

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Added by Zach Dorfman on March 8, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Common Good and the Crisis of Globalization

I presented this talk on February 24, 2012 at the University of Utah's Sixth Annual International Conference on Human Rights, Conflict Resolution, Nonviolence and Peace. I look forward to your comments and discussion.

The concept of "common good" is especially…

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Added by Joel Rosenthal on March 1, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

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Gene Editing: Overview, Ethics, & the Near Future, with Robert Klitzman

In the first in a series of podcasts on gene editing, Columbia's Dr. Robert Klitzman provides an overview of the technology, ethical and governance issues, and where it could all go in the near future. Plus he explains why the birth of genetically engineered twins in China last year was a "seismic" event. How could gene editing lead to more inequality? What could be some of unintended consequences?

The Crack-Up: Dwight Eisenhower & the Road Trip that Changed America, with Brian C. Black

In 1919, a young Army officer named Dwight Eisenhower, along with a "Mad Max"-style military convoy, set out on a cross-country road trip to examine the nascent state of America's roads. Penn State Altoona's Professor Brian C. Black explains how this trip influenced Eisenhower's decisions decades later, both as general and president, and laid the groundwork for the rise of petroleum-based engines and the interstate highway system.

AI in the Arctic: Future Opportunities & Ethical Concerns, with Fritz Allhoff

How can artificial intelligence improve food security, medicine, and infrastructure in Arctic communities? What are some logistical, ethical, and governance challenges? Western Michigan's Professor Fritz Allhoff details the future of technology in this extreme environment, which is being made more accessible because of climate change. Plus he shares his thoughts on some open philosophical questions surrounding AI.

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