October 2012 Blog Posts (22)

US Presidential Candidates' Take on the Future of Funding in Science and Innovation

In a recent article in this month's Science magazine, the news staff summarizes President Obama's and Mr. Romney's views on how to promote and maintain a trend of scientific excellence and achievement in the United States...while paying down a 1.4 billion dollar deficit. This topic is of particular interest to a discussion of greater ethical implications as we know that innovation (commonly generated through the funding of science and engineering research and education initiatives) is key in…

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Added by Ashleigh Long on October 31, 2012 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

The Value of Money For Nothing

Blog post written by Donnie Maclurcan, co-founder of the Post Growth Institute

Giving things away freely – time, knowledge, possessions and money - has been and continues to be a truly valuable aspect of my freedom. My grandmother was a big inspiration. She lived simply yet, in the last years of her life, if you commented appreciatively about any item in her house she would suggest you take it. In part, her…

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Added by Jen Hinton on October 31, 2012 at 5:13pm — No Comments

Modernity and the Chinese Experience

This is a piece I wrote that was published in the SAIS Observer, a student-run monthly at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

I am one of two international students in my “Modernity and World Social Thought” class at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center; the other twenty or so are all Chinese students. Every week we talk about questions of modernity and modernization: whether a country can become technologically “modernized” without being culturally and psychologically…

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Added by William Yale on October 31, 2012 at 11:42am — No Comments

Praxis Call for Submissions

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy’s PRAXIS Journal of Human Security is announcing its call for submissions to its 2013 issue!

 

The journal will accept articles from graduate students and professionals on ALL topics of human security – which the journal defines as the intersection of humanitarian assistance, international development, human rights, and conflict resolution, with a focus on the inclusive well-being of individuals, especially the most vulnerable or…

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Added by PRAXIS:Journal of Human Security on October 27, 2012 at 11:11pm — No Comments

Ethical Activism Amid Politics as Usual

The latest from Global Ethics Fellow Rami Khouri:

BOSTON -- Two very different ways for the United States to deal with Arabs and Israelis were on show last week in the United States. The contrast was stunning between the televised debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in which “I Love Israel more than You Love Israel” was the background theme song that…

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Added by Carnegie Council on October 26, 2012 at 12:23pm — 1 Comment

North Korea Witness to Transformation Weekly Update October 26th

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 October 26, 2012 at 10:12am — No Comments

Apartheid in Israel?

A majority of Israeli Jews (58%) believe that there is apartheid in Israel today according to an opinion poll published by Haaretz this Tuesday. The poll has received wide attention in the international press and sparked a great deal of controversy.

The poll further finds that a majority of Israeli Jews would…

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Added by Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard on October 25, 2012 at 11:31am — 3 Comments

Global Ethics and Democracy

When I was invited to blog in this network, I decided to write on topics connected with the relation between democracy and international law, which is, currently, one of my main areas of interest. My intuition is that democracy is the only legitimate political authority - not in a sociological sense, but in a normative, moral sense: for me, there are no good arguments to justify authority besides democracy. Then, considering that our international order is essentially undemocratic, we must…

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Added by Nahuel Maisley on October 25, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Thought Leader: Anne-Marie Slaughter

DEVIN STEWART: Dr. Slaughter, please tell us about this Atlantic article. First of all, we believe the idea might have started with something that happened at Carnegie Council. Do you want to tell us a little bit of background?

ANNE-MARIE SLAUGHTER: This article that I wrote, called "…

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Added by Carnegie Council on October 24, 2012 at 12:16pm — 2 Comments

Are we practicing ethics just to comply?

I attended a luncheon last Friday with the Dean of the Graduate School at Virginia Tech and several faculty and graduate students. While the discussions revolved around issues of ethics on a campus as diverse as Virginia Tech, with close to 7,000 graduate students from across the world, the central theme of the discussions was: Has the discussion surrounding ethics devolved into one of compliance alone?

Dean Karen Depaw noted that unfortunately this seems to be the trend, though there…

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Added by Sabith Khan on October 22, 2012 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Two Years Later....Cholera Still a Major Public Health Concern in Haiti

As my blog will partly focus on the ethical considerations of inequalities in global health care, I thought this recent article from MSF was interesting. In America, it's common to want to throw money at a problem we hear about on television, and this article spotlights the often-seen multifactorial problems of bringing deadly epidemics under control in the developing world.…

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Added by Ashleigh Long on October 22, 2012 at 8:57am — No Comments

Challenges of the future US administration in the Middle East

I would like to share with you

my recent talk on the challenges faced in the Middle East by the future US administration
http://mepc.org/hill-forums/policy-choices-new-administration
or
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/USForeignPolicy139

Added by Jocelyne Cesari on October 19, 2012 at 3:52pm — No Comments

The Arab Religious-Secular Balance on Center Stage

The latest from Global Ethics Fellow Rami Khouri:

BOSTON -- There are many ways in which one can analyze the current transformations across parts of the Arab world in the wave of populist revolutions that overthrew some dictators and still threaten others. The one lens that I find most useful for analyzing the changes underway and the challenges ahead sees the events…

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Added by Carnegie Council on October 19, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Thought Leader: Parag Khanna

DEVIN STEWART: I have the great pleasure of being here with Parag Khanna. He is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.

Great to have you here, Parag.

PARAG KHANNA: Thank you.

DEVIN STEWART: As we were talking about earlier, we are trying to get…

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Added by Carnegie Council on October 18, 2012 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Rational American Views on Iran

The latest from Global Ethics Fellow Rami Khouri:

BOSTON -- Sometimes things happen so slowly that the casual observer misses them, and one such occurrence is the slow evolution in the United States’ position in its face-off with Iran. Two important things seem to have occurred since the spring: Washington seems to have taken control of the Iran situation from…

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Added by Carnegie Council on October 17, 2012 at 1:11pm — No Comments

North Korea Witness to Transformation blog weekly update October 11th

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 October 11, 2012 at 11:38am — No Comments

American Views Shifting on the Middle East

The latest from Global Ethics Fellow Rami Khouri:

This week has seen the publication of a poll-based study entitled “Americans on the Middle East: A Study of American Public Opinion,” headed by Dr. Shibley Telhami and Steven Kull, of the University of Maryland’s…

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Added by Carnegie Council on October 9, 2012 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Thought Leader: Kwame Anthony Appiah

DEVIN STEWART: Professor, how would you describe the world we live in today? How is it unique?

KWAME ANTHONY APPIAH: I think what has changed in the world, basically I suppose over the course of my lifetime, which is since the 1950s, has been an enormous increase in the flow of information across societies.…

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Added by Carnegie Council on October 5, 2012 at 10:06am — No Comments

Interesting Times for IKEA

Home furnishing giant IKEA has had some interesting times these past couple weeks. First, the company pulled the winning image of a social media photo competition because its Russian customers had voted for teenagers sitting in an IKEA showroom wearing colorful balaclavas, in the style of jailed…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on October 4, 2012 at 5:55pm — No Comments

Michael Ignatieff to Chair Carnegie Council Centennial Project: "Ethics for a Connected World"

Carnegie Council is pleased to announce that Michael Ignatieff will chair the Council's Centennial project, "Ethics for a Connected World." This long-term education program consists of worldwide activities for teachers, students, and the general public around the…

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Added by Carnegie Council on October 4, 2012 at 2:37pm — No Comments

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Enemy of the People: Trump's War on the Press, with Marvin Kalb

Trump has a love-hate relationship with the press, which he calls "the enemy of the people" when it crosses him, knowing nothing of the origins of the phrase, says Marvin Kalb. Yet the pillars of democracy are the sanctity of the court and the freedom of the press. "I think that President Trump—not wittingly, unwittingly—is moving this nation away from our common understanding of democracy toward something that edges toward authoritarianism."

A Savage Order, with Rachel Kleinfeld

Can violent societies get better? Rachel Kleinfeld discusses her latest book, "A Savage Order: How the World's Deadliest Countries Can Forge a Path to Security." Her conclusion is ultimately optimistic: Though it's never easy, real democracy (not autocracy in disguise) and a vibrant middle class can provide a path out of violence.

Education for Peace: The Living Legacy of the First World War

Four Fellows from Carnegie Council's "The Living Legacy of WWI" project present their research on different aspects of the war--counterterrorism, airpower, chemical warfare, and Latin America--and its long-term impacts. The panel was part of the Carnegie Peacebuilding Conversations, a three-day program at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, presented in cooperation with Carnegie institutions worldwide and other partners.

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