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A Conversation with Thomas Pogge

Yale University Professor Thomas Pogge spoke at Carnegie Council on January 19, and I summarize here his talk on why Ethics Matters in international relations:

Today's international and…

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Added by Sarah Aston on January 25, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Importance of Being Open

All the Internet protest today over the censorship and due process violations of the Stop Online Piracy and Protect IP acts has caused me to reflect on the ethic of openness that we have promoted over the years at Policy Innovations. Our coverage has focused on the potential…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on January 18, 2012 at 7:22pm — No Comments

I Have 30 Slaves Working for Me.

According to Slavery Footprint, a new app designed to raise awareness of global labor issues, I have 30 slaves working for me. Of course, these people are not my employees or property or in any way indentured to me. Instead it is through my consumer purchases and the web of globalization that I am connected to…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on January 17, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Rehabilitating Haiti: A Long Way to Go

Haiti marked the second anniversary of its devastating earthquake this week, forcing the world to reflect on how it has handled this humanitarian disaster. For coverage I recommend GlobalPost's special report, Fault Line: Aid, Politics, and…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on January 13, 2012 at 6:44pm — No Comments

On the Path to Ethical Trade

Between weapons, women, and goods produced by slave labor, the world has a long way to go on the path to ethical trade. The energy market is particularly problematic, given how fundamental it is to the global economy, how much of it comes from regimes recognized as violators of human rights, and how stubbornly the industry has obstructed efforts to tackle climate change. That's partly why…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on January 12, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

MIT Launches an Online Learning Platform

Building on the success of its Open Course Ware program, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced today that it will be developing an online learning platform called MITx. The course materials will be available free of charge, to be explored at a student's own pace, based on an open-source and scalable software…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on December 19, 2011 at 5:44pm — No Comments

The Case for Nature as a Thematic Cluster

The frontier of ethics has often been defined by the inclusion of moral subjects who were excluded from the previous order. Peter Singer calls it the expanding moral circle. These excluded parts of society typically have no representation or voice in the political processes that control…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on December 2, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Reimagining a Global Ethic

Introduction

JOEL ROSENTHAL: Good evening and welcome to the Carnegie Council. I have the privilege of introducing our guest and good friend, Michael Ignatieff.

Michael will be speaking on a topic chosen specifically for this occasion. It's a theme that has been discussed among our fellows earlier today. The theme is "Re-Imagining a Global Ethic."

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Added by Carnegie Council on December 1, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Good Practices for Educational Social Media

I am compiling here a list of articles, videos, and tips on using social media in the classroom. If you know of others, please suggest them in the comments section and I will add them going forward.

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Added by Evan O'Neil on November 30, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The Silicon Standard for Human Rights

The Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference put forth a statement of 15 principles this past October for guiding the behavior of ICT companies in relation to human rights. According to the organizers at Access, "The document is designed to complement other existing frameworks and uses the international human rights framework as its foundation." There's a lot to chew on here. I'll let the principles…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on November 11, 2011 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Is there a global ethic?

In the final days of October, it snowed throughout the American Northeast. Six weeks ahead of the official start of winter, it snowed on the hundreds of protesters camped out in lower Manhattan who have, for the past month and a half, given voice to growing popular anger over the state of our economic system.

 

It seemed particularly apt, then, that Gordon Brown highlighted the challenges of climate change, economic inequality, and financial instability when he…

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Added by Jessica Polebaum on November 8, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

What does accountability mean to you?

There was plenty of finger pointing last Tuesday morning as WNYC's talk show host Brian Lehrer led a spirited discussion with a live audience on the subject of "

Occupy New York." The most contentious topics were accountability for U.S. income disparity, and the causes of our financial crisis. Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer accused the Federal Reserve… Continue

Added by Julia Kennedy on November 7, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

ESSAY CONTEST: Making a Sustainable Difference

In recent years, "sustainability" has become a buzzword for scholars, entrepreneurs, and policymakers alike. It has come to embody a wide variety of approaches that aim to bring society in harmony with the environment. For some, it is heralded as the ultimate way to improve today's way of life and to guarantee human existence well into the future.



As a consequence, "sustainability" has become an integral part of our vocabulary. We now have Sustainable Development;… Continue

Added by Carnegie Council on October 24, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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

Climate Change: The Parochial Hurdle

Few issues have global ethical implications like climate change, yet parochial concerns routinely sabotage coordination of a global solution. New research indicates that cognitive biases and boomerang effects are partially to blame, and that in the United States they correspond to partisan divides.



As Matthew Nisbet reports for Big Think, "Previous…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on August 23, 2011 at 5:41pm — No Comments

Marching Towards a Global Society

In his 2009 TED talk, former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown outlines the guiding sense of global ethics at our moment in history. Here he is in his own words:

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Can I say how delighted I am to be away from the calm of Westminster and Whitehall?

This is Kim, a nine-year-old Vietnam girl, her back ruined by napalm, and she awakened the conscience of the nation…

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Added by Carnegie Council on August 3, 2011 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

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Arthur Holland Michel, founder of the Center for the Study of the Drone, traces the development of the Pentagon's Gorgon Stare, one of the most powerful surveillance technologies ever created. When fused with big-data analysis techniques, this network can be used to watch everything simultaneously, and perhaps even predict attacks before they happen. Can we capitalize on its great promise while avoiding its potential perils?

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Larry Diamond's core argument is stark: the defense and advancement of democratic ideals relies on U.S. global leadership. If the U.S. does not reclaim its traditional place as the keystone of democracy, today's authoritarian trend could become a tsunami that could provide an opening for Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and their admirers to turn the 21st century into a dark time of surging authoritarianism.

Global Ethics Weekly: Foreign Policy & the 2020 Democratic Candidates, with Nikolas Gvosdev

Will Joe Biden's "restorationist" foreign policy resonate with voters? What would a "progressive" approach to international relations look like for Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders? What role will foreign policy play in the 2020 Election? Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev looks at these questions and more as he and host Alex Woodson discuss a crowded 2020 Democratic primary field.

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