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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

Hip Hop and the Arab Uprisings

Global Ethics Fellow Rami Khouri is quoted in this great essay on hip hop and the Arab uprisings. His contention is that "Arab Spring" makes it sound too much like flowers are blooming when truly people are fighting for their lives and freedoms. Here's an excerpt below. Check out the original article at…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on February 27, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Happy 98th Birthday, Carnegie Council

In honor of Carnegie Council's 98th anniversary, I just wanted to share a few thoughts on where we've been and where we're headed:

"This is an adventure such as has never been tried before," announced …

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Added by Joel Rosenthal on February 10, 2012 at 2:50pm — 3 Comments

Teaching Ethics in International Affairs

International Studies Perspectives has an issue available free online wherein they explore various aspects of teaching ethics in international affairs. The articles resulted from a colloquium held last year at the annual International Studies Association conference. I have pasted some of the titles, authors, and abstracts below with links to the full texts. Hopefully you will find…

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Added by Carnegie Council on February 9, 2012 at 6:56pm — No Comments

The Ties that Bind Japan

I was recently interviewed in the press about the recent Olympus scandal in Japan.

The Olympus episode illustrates competing moral virtues in Japan. In this case, it was the virtue of loyalty winning out over the virtue of honesty. I am increasingly coming to believe that one of the core problems in…

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Added by Devin Stewart on February 5, 2012 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

A New Award for Vaccine Innovation

Bill Gates presented his annual letter this week outlining the achievements and future priorities of his foundation's work in global health and development. Key among the points he made was a focus on agricultural innovation to combat plant diseases and increase productivity for poor…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on January 27, 2012 at 6:08pm — No Comments

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."

To…

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

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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.

The Ethical Algorithm, with Michael Kearns

Over the course of a generation, algorithms have gone from mathematical abstractions to powerful mediators of daily life. They have made our lives more efficient, yet are increasingly encroaching on our basic rights. UPenn's Professor Michael Kearns shares some ideas on how to better embed human principles into machine code without halting the advance of data-driven scientific exploration.

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