Featured Blog Posts – October 2015 Archive (7)

Back to the Drawing Board: What the Recent Peace Agreement Means for South Sudan

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir. CREDIT: Day Donaldson

Several days before South Sudan's president, Salva Kiir, signed a peace agreement with former-vice president Riek Machar on August…

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Added by Carnegie Council on October 27, 2015 at 11:10am — 1 Comment

Politi prophesies the wolves

Marco Politi, long-time Vatican-watcher and brilliant journalist, just published a book on the papacy of Francis.  An admirer of the pope’s surprise “revolution,” Politi writes that Francis’s formidable opponents make it far from certain that he will succeed.  I was honored to be asked by the…

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Added by Carnegie Council on October 27, 2015 at 9:55am — 1 Comment

Eight Greats for World Food Day, 2015

CREDIT: Shutterstock

October 16 is World Food Day, a day when the media is buzzing with grassroots events…

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Added by Carnegie Council on October 20, 2015 at 10:15am — No Comments

ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror

Detail from book cover.

Introduction

JOANNE MYERS: I'm Joanne Myers, director of Public Affairs programs, and I thank you all for joining us this evening.

Our speaker is Michael Weiss, who, along with his co-author …

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Added by Carnegie Council on October 13, 2015 at 11:15am — 1 Comment

WINTER 2015 STUDENT WRITING COMPETITION

The Center for International Relations announces its Spring 2015 Student Writing Competition where winners are eligible for publication in the upcoming issue of International Affairs Forum, a biannual publication on international affairs and economics.  

Submissions are open to any topic related to international affairs and economics issues. 

DEADLINE: December 19, 2015, midnight EST.

Submissions should be between 2500 – 3000 words, excluding…

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Added by Carnegie Council on October 5, 2015 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Democracy as Myth and Fact

Acropolis and the Greek Parliament CREDIT:GNTO / Yannis Skoulas (CC)

This piece was written for the International New York…

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Added by Carnegie Council on October 5, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

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Global Ethics Forum Preview: The Ethics of Big Data with danah boyd

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, Microsoft Research’s danah boyd discusses the ethical and political implications of big data and artificial intelligence. In this excerpt, boyd explains to journalist Stephanie Sy some of the disturbing issues that arise when machine learning and algorithms are used in the criminal justice system.

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Northwestern's Garry Wills says that he was surprised to learn that Islam is a much more "inclusive" religion than Judaism or Christianity.

The Future of War: A History, with Lawrence Freedman

"Though most of the literature you will read on the future of war certainly talks about war as between regular armies, as proper fights, now with drones or with autonomous vehicles or robots or whatever, or even painless--cyber and so on--yet actually the reality of war is as it has always been: it is vicious, and it is nasty, and it kills the wrong people, and it does so in considerable numbers."

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