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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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The Individual & the Collective, Politics, & the UN, with Jean-Marie Guéhenno

Carnegie Council Senior Fellow Jean-Marie Guéhenno, former head of United Nations peacekeeping operations, discusses the tensions between the individual and the collective in a world filled with political tension, pervasive surveillance, and fear of risk. What is the role of the UN in this environment? How can we avoid the violent upheavals that marked other transitional phases in humanity?

A Russian Take on the Kurds and U.S. Foreign Policy

A Russian defense news site declared the United States an "unreliable ally" after the the withdrawal of American troops from Northern Syria. Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev connects this characterization to the need for leaders to connect a specific policy action to a larger, understandable narrative for the American public.

The Struggle for Recognition in International Relations, with Michelle Murray

How can established powers manage the peaceful rise of new great powers? Bard's Michelle Murray offers a new answer to this perennial question, arguing that power transitions are principally social phenomena whereby rising powers struggle to obtain recognition as world powers. How can this framework help us to understand the economic and military rivalry between United States and China?

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