Events on Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, the Refugee Crisis, the Middle East, ISIS, the Taliban, the Importance of the Pacific: Where else but Carnegie Council in November?

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its exciting November line-up of current affairs events.

All talks take place in Carnegie Council's headquarters in New York City and are streamed as live webcasts.

To attend in person, please RSVP. Go to:

Events take place at Carnegie Council headquarters: 170 East 64 Street, New York, NY 10065.

Full videos, transcripts, audios, and audio podcasts are posted shortly after the events. Or watch them as live webcasts here:    

Thursday November 5, 6:00 PM ET. Beyond Silicon Valley: Elmira Bayrasli on Innovation in Unlikely Places

Elmira Bayrasli will discuss her new book, "From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places," in conversation with social entrepreneur Hazami Barmada. The book looks at the growth of innovation beyond Silicon Valley, focusing on talented individuals around the world who have overcome insurmountable obstacles to lead high-growth businesses. Co-sponsored by the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program and "Foreign Affairs," with support from World Policy Institute.

Monday November 9, 8:00 AM ET The Global Refugee Crisis 
Tomáš Halík, Ian Buruma

Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing civil war and unrest to find new homes in Europe--sometimes with tragic consequences. Join Professors Tomáš Halík and Ian Buruma as they discuss the repercussions and longlasting effects of this extensive displacement of more people than at any time since World War II.

Tuesday November 10, 6:00 PM ET. Addressing Root Causes of Unrest in Arab Countries 
Ronald Bruder, Jasmine Nahhas di Florio

Following the 9/11 attacks, Ronald Bruder, real estate developer and entrepreneur, established the Education For Employment Network, designed to provide unemployed youth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with market-driven training and job placements. Set up with in-country leadership in seven countries in MENA, EFE is dedicated to providing employment opportunities for young people.

Monday November 16, 8:00 AM ET. Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers 
Simon Winchester

As the Mediterranean shaped the classical world, and the Atlantic connected Europe to the New World, the Pacific Ocean defines our tomorrow. From the Bering Strait to Cape Horn, the Yangtze River to the Panama Canal, what is our relationship with this imposing force of nature? What is its role in this century's geopolitical discussions?

Wednesday November 18, 6:00 PM ET. Perspectives from Inside a Tumultuous Middle East: Syria-Iraq-Isis-Russia and Iran 
Rami Khouri

With ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, and dwindling hope for the peace process in Israel and Palestine, it is hard to remain hopeful about a peaceful future for the Middle East. Are there new ideas to end the cycle of violence? What can the West do?

Tuesday November 24, 6:00 PM ET. Afghanistan and Pakistan: The Re-emergence of the Taliban and the Arrival of ISIS 
Ahmed Rashid

NATO has officially ended its combat mission in Afghanistan, but the Taliban has launched a new offensive and ISIS is making inroads in the region as well. Ahmed Rashid, one of Pakistan's most respected journalists, will make sense of these developments and more. What is reason for this terrifying resurgence? How are Afghans and Pakistanis reacting?

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The Ethics of Trade with China and Authoritarian Upgrading

Increased foreign investment and engagement is producing, not democratization, but "authoritarian upgrading," where selected reforms are designed to legitimize a softer authoritarianism. This presents an ethical dilemma for international trade. What direction will China, Uzbekistan, Russia, and other "upgraded authoritarian" states evolve towards in the coming decade?

The 2020 Election & the View from Overseas, with Nikolas Gvosdev

As the 2020 election begins to come into focus, Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev details the foreign policy cleavages in the Democratic Party. Plus, referencing Nahal Toosi's recent article in "Politico," he discusses the worries that many in Europe have about a Trump reelection or a progressive candidate who also questions the status quo. What's the view from abroad on this turbulent time in American politics?

Ethics & the U.S.-China Trade War, with Nikolas Gvosdev

What role should ethics play in the U.S.-China trade war? Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev looks at these economic tensions in the context of the Uyghur detention and the Hong Kong protests, different theories on integrating China into the world economy, and what it could mean to "lose" in this conflict. Is there a breaking point in terms of China's human rights policies? What's the view in Africa and Europe?





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