July 2012 Blog Posts (10)

JOB: LeapFrog Investments Global Fellows Program

Not to be confused with the Carnegie Council Global Ethics Fellows, our colleagues at LeapFrog Investments, pioneers in the microinsurance space, have their own fellowship program. See the current class…
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Added by Carnegie Council on July 31, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Legitimacy, and Two Men Who Define the Arab Moment of Change

BEIRUT -- Two new men who appeared on the fast-changing stage of Arab politics this week -- the defected General Manaf Tlas in Syria and newly appointed Prime Minister Hisham Kandil in Egypt -- may play pivotal roles in shaping the evolution of their countries. Some of what they represent makes you proud and hopeful to be part of this evolving Arab world. Some of it also makes you want to vomit in disgust. Changing orders are like that, full of diseased and distorted…

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Added by Rami G. Khouri on July 30, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

New Edition of PRAXIS: The Fletcher Journal of Human Security

PRAXIS: The Fletcher Journal of Human Security has released its 2012 edition, "Human Security and New Approaches to International Development." In its 27th edition, PRAXIS focuses on new approaches to international development, providing a timely compilation of articles that review the implications of these new trends on individuals and provide prescriptions for the way forward. Check out articles on China's development policies in Africa, a rights-based approach to land tenure reform,…

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Added by PRAXIS:Journal of Human Security on July 27, 2012 at 10:13am — No Comments

Do Language Policies Contribute to Poverty and Underdevelopment?

Language is one of the most neglected areas in the development field. It barely registers on any agenda to help poor countries despite its importance to a number of crucial areas and it being a barrier to progress in many fragile states. Why is this?

Language is how individuals communicate, acquire knowledge, and work with others. It is how…

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Added by Seth Kaplan on July 25, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Paths to Justice and Good Governance: A view across centuries

SIENA, Italy—I found myself Monday reading about the results of the first post-Gaddafi Libyan parliamentary election in between visits to the great Piazza del Campo and its majestic Town Hall in Siena, Italy, where I am attending an international conference on the role of civil society, philanthropy and the non-governmental sector. Two elements in the Siena monuments particularly caught my…

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Added by Rami G. Khouri on July 19, 2012 at 1:00am — No Comments

Are We Rethinking the War on Drugs?

As far back as 2009, drug "czar" Gil Kerlikowske, head of the Office on National Drugs Control Policy, told the Wall Street Journal that the terminology "war on drugs" was no longer appropriate. He announced that the Obama administration's drug strategy would focus on rehabilitation,…

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Added by Alexa van Sickle on July 12, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

North Korea Witness to Transformation Weekly Update July 10th

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 School of…

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Added by Alex Melton on July 10, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

New Working Paper: "The Structure of Global Law"

For those interested, I have posted the following working paper to the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) website: The Structure of Global Law: Fracture, Fluidity, Permeability, and Polycentricity.…

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Added by Larry Catá Backer on July 9, 2012 at 5:05pm — No Comments

Poverty & Crime: A Potent Mix

About a month ago, a three-year-old baby girl—the child of poor migrant laborers—was kidnapped from one of Mumbai's busiest train stations, the CS Terminus, at 2 a.m. by a stranger. The girl's parents were migrant "contract" laborers hailing from Vidharbha, one of the poorest regions of…

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Added by Raji Ajwani-Ramchandani on July 6, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Universal Jurisdiction Revisited: An alternative to the International Criminal Court?

On July 1, the International Criminal Court (ICC) turned ten years old. This milestone prompted much analysis and some mixed reviews of the court's performance. The ICC recorded its first verdict in March 2012, but there are serious concerns about its procedure and efficiency, patchy…

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Added by Alexa van Sickle on July 5, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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The Power of Tribalism, with Amy Chua & Walter Russell Mead

"In our foreign policy, for at least half a century, we have been spectacularly blind to the power of tribal politics," says Amy Chua, author of "Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations." What does this mean in 2019? How can Americans move past tribalism? Don't miss this conversation with Chua and Bard College's Walter Russell Mead, moderated by Bard's Roger Berkowitz.

Climate Change, Intergenerational Ethics, & Political Responsibility, with Stephen Gardiner

University of Washington's Professor Stephen Gardiner discusses the ethics of climate change from intergenerational, political, and personal perspectives. Should individuals feel bad for using plastic straws or eating meat? What should the UN and its member states do? And how can older generations make up for "a massive failure in leadership" that has led, in part, to the current crisis?

C2G Update: Nature-based Solutions, the UN, & the IPCC Reports, with Janos Pasztor

Janos Pasztor, executive director of the Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G), gives an update on his team's work after a busy week in New York. In the wake of troubling IPCC reports on climate change's effect on the oceans and land use, what more can the UN do? What are the challenges of nature-based solutions? And how should we handle climate change fatigue, individually and on a societal level?

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