May 2012 Blog Posts (9)

Coast Guard Faces Complex Global Challenges

For me, the United States Coast Guard has always evoked images of heroic rescues, ships caught in Nor'easters, and training sessions on fishing safety—vital acts imparting a straightforward impression.

A discussion aboard the USCGC Seneca with Commander Chuck Fosse, Lt. Commander Camilla Bosanquet, and the Carnegie New Leaders complicated matters. We discussed…

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Added by Julia Kennedy on May 30, 2012 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

The Bottom of the Pyramid, Part II: Partnering for Success

[PHOTO CREDIT: A bride's feet dipped in milk and lac dye, by Shounak Ray (CC).]

Introduction & Background:

Part I of this two-part series discussed the need to integrate the poor in…

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Added by Raji Ajwani-Ramchandani on May 24, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

City Development States: Why Lagos Works Better than Nigeria

Nigeria is not known for strong governance. On the contrary, it is arguably one of worse governed countries in the world, losing hundreds of billions of dollars to corruption and…

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Added by Seth Kaplan on May 24, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Of Seahorses & Rhino Horns

It's time for China to modernize.

Maybe that sounds a little weird. China has modernized, you say.

Yeah, maybe for the trivial stuff like telecommunications and transportation. I'm looking for an honest-to-goodness 21st-century transformation.

I mean, it's just downright silly for such a powerhouse as China to continue insisting that tiger [ahem]…

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Added by Marsha W. Johnston on May 21, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Flowers for Harleys: The U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement Comes into Effect

Five years after its proposal, the trade agreement between the United States and Colombia came into force on May 15 with the export of Colombian flowers to the United States and an expected shipment of Harley-Davidson motorcycles to Colombia. It was a topic of contention at the 2012 Summit of the Americas that took place in the Colombian city of Cartagena: Will the free trade agreement…

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Added by Sarah Aston on May 17, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Global Ethics Network News

Dear Global Ethics Network,

Our Global Ethics Network website now has nearly 300 members. Please help us spread the word and let us know if you plan to use this technology with your students and classrooms.

We also are pleased to post the attached
 EIA Booklet…

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Added by Devin Stewart on May 9, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Hollande and Europe: A change of direction or just a new face?

The victory of anti-austerity Socialist leader François Hollande in the French presidential election has sparked discussion about the future of European economic policy. Winning 51.62 percent of the vote, Hollande's campaign was founded on the promise to introduce "a new direction to Europe," with a focus on growth and investment, in lieu of the austerity policies of outgoing French…

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Added by Sarah Aston on May 8, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Rooting for Frugal Innovations

The adoption of sustainable-development for responding to the exigencies of our time warrants a major rethink in all sectors of an economy.  Other than science and technology, even services and non-technical sectors would have to revamp their activities to minimize their carbon footprint.  In fact, the urgent urge to adopt sustainability has currently stoked a race among rich and developing…

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Added by Balkrishna C. Rao on May 5, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Building an Efficient Renewable Energy System Without Raising Taxes, Cap and Trade Schemes, or Rate Hikes

A letter to the editors of the New York Review of Books:

Reading the exchangebetween William Nordhaus and global warming skeptics led by Roger Cohen, former ExxonMobil Director of Strategic Planning (NYRB 4/26), raises the question of what can be done…

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Added by Roy Morrison on May 3, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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Behind AI Decision-Making, with Francesca Rossi

With artificial intelligence embedded into social media, credit card transactions, GPS, and much more, how can we train it to act in an ethical, fair, and unbiased manner? What are the theories and philosophies behind AI systems? IBM Research's Francesca Rossi discusses her work helping to ensure that the technology is "as beneficial as possible for the widest part of the population."

Foreign Policy Narratives in Palm Beach

After an invitation to speak at a gathering of the Palm Beach chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States, U.S. Global Engagement Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev reflects on the current scope and direction of U.S. foreign policy. How will new uncertainties in the international system influence the relationships among the democratic community of nations?

Privacy, Surveillance, & the Terrorist Trap, with Tom Parker

How can investigators utilize new technology like facial recognition software while respecting the rights of suspects and the general public? What are the consequences of government overreaction to terrorist threats? Tom Parker, author of "Avoiding the Terrorist Trap," discusses privacy, surveillance, and more in the context of counterterrorism.

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