August 2012 Blog Posts (9)

How Academia Has Failed the Development Field

Economists dominate the development field, but politics is more important to promoting it. This contradiction explains why the policies often recommended by international institutions…

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Added by Seth Kaplan on August 28, 2012 at 6:05pm — 3 Comments

The Role of Crowdsourcing for Better Governance in International Development

By Maja Bott and Gregor Young

This paper, originally produced in longer format for the World Bank Group, is meant to be a primer on crowdsourcing as an informational resource for…

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Added by PRAXIS:Journal of Human Security on August 27, 2012 at 12:43pm — No Comments

NETWORK NEWS: New Global Ethics Fellows Announced

NEW YORK, NY—Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is pleased to welcome the newest class of Global Ethics Fellows.   

Global Ethics Fellows lie at the heart of Carnegie Council’s Global Ethics Network, a platform for educational institutions around the world to create and share interactive…

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Added by Carnegie Council on August 24, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

From Revolution to Constitution

The latest commentary from Global Ethics Fellow Rami Khouri:

BEIRUT -- Mass demonstrations in Tahrir Square and street battles in Syria form the dramatic heart of the uprisings and revolutions that define many Arab lands these days, but the soul and the brain of the Arab world to come are being shaped in the epic battles now taking place to write new constitutions. As has…

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Added by Carnegie Council on August 24, 2012 at 1:01pm — No Comments

"10. Find your ethical foundation."

Stephen Walt has an interesting blog post over at Foreign Policy on the "Top ten things that would-be foreign policy wonks should study." It's basically a list of classic liberal arts education, which Walt acknowledges at the end.…

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Added by Carnegie Council on August 24, 2012 at 11:10am — 1 Comment

China in Africa: What the Policy of Nonintervention Adds to the Western Development Dilemma.

Article by Madison Condon available here: http://ning.it/Nfarqz



Chinese investment activity in Africa has skyrocketed in recent years, outpacing every other nation except South Africa. China finances more infrastructure projects in Africa than the World Bank and provides billions of dollars in low-interest loans to the continent’s emerging economies. These loans and investments are typically made in exchange for securing access to natural…

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Added by PRAXIS:Journal of Human Security on August 20, 2012 at 11:26am — No Comments

An Argument Against Nuclear Arms Races

I put this to a fellow student in my IR class yesterday: If the worst bully you know were to threaten to take away from you your intimate partner - perhaps your girlfriend, perhaps your wife and kids when you have them - would you be justified in raping the bully's young daughter? If it would be immoral to rape the bad guy's innocent daughter, no matter how bad he is, it's (almost) equally immoral to threaten to do so. It's the same with nuclear weapons and WMDs: no matter what the bullies…

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Added by Paul Clutterbuck on August 17, 2012 at 6:21pm — No Comments

North Korea: Witness to Transformation

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 August 16, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Academics Standing Against Poverty: New Special Issue of "Ethics & International Affairs"

I'm excited to announce that Ethics & International Affairs has just published its summer 2012 issue, which is guest edited by Thomas Pogge and Luis Cabrera, and features a truly…

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Added by Zach Dorfman on August 3, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency, with Larry Diamond

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.

The Crack-Up: A Hundred Years of Student Protests in China, with Jeffrey Wasserstrom

In the latest "Crack-Up" podcast, China expert Jeffrey Wasserstrom discusses the rich history of Chinese student protests. From the May Fourth movement in 1919 to Tiananmen Square in 1989 to today's mass demonstrations in Hong Kong, what are the threads that tie these moments together? Don't miss this fascinating talk, which also touches on Woodrow Wilson, the Russian Revolution, and a young Mao Zedong.

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