Past Events

  • If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities | 10/22/14 Benjamin R. Barber In the face of the most perilous challenges of our time, the nations of the world seem paralyzed. Is the nation-state, once democracy's best hope, now democratically dysfunctional? Obsolete? The answer is yes, says Benjamin R. Barber. Can cities and the mayors who run them do a better job? (Public Affairs Program)
  • The Shifts and the Shocks: What We've Learned--and Have Still to Learn--From the Financial Crisis | 10/20/14 Martin Wolf Why did the 2008 financial crisis occur? What forces created our fragile economy? What did this recent crisis teach us about modern economies and economics? And in the end, what reforms are needed so that we do not repeat our past mistakes? (Public Affairs Program)
  • Global Ethics and the Point of View of the Universe | 10/16/14 Peter Singer What does the idea of taking "the point of view of the universe" tell us about ethics? The great 19th century philosopher Henry Sidgwick used this metaphor to present what he took to be a self-evident moral truth: the good of one individual is of no more importance than the good of any other. By using reason, what can we learn about ethical judgements and objective truths?
  • Fourth Annual Global Ethics Fellows Conference, with The City College of New York | 10/16/14
    Carnegie Council is delighted to partner with The City College of New York (CCNY) to host its Fourth Annual Global Ethics Fellows Conference. Held at CCNY's campus in Upper Manhattan, the conference will include six roundtables with our Global Ethics Fellows on the Council's Centennial themes, each chaired by a CCNY professor.
  • Global Ethics Day | 10/16/14
    As part of its Centennial activities, Carnegie Council is inaugurating a worldwide Global Ethics Day on October 16. We would like to encourage academic institutions around the world, including in our network, to use this day to hold their own events, lectures, or other educational activity to explore a "global ethic" as well. (Global Ethics Network)
  • Michael Ignatieff in Conversation with Paul Holdengräber | 10/15/14 Paul Holdengräber, Michael Ignatieff As part of Carnegie Council's Centennial project, "Ethics for a Connected World," Centennial Chair Michael Ignatieff explores the complicated ethical landscape of press, politics, and public policy with the New York Public Library's Paul Holdengräber.
  • Fourth Annual Global Ethics Fellows Conference | 10/15/14 Michael Ignatieff, Peter Singer Carnegie Council hosts its Global Ethics Fellows and Ethics Fellows for the Future for a three-day series of workshops and panel discussions, punctuated by a day-long conference at The City College of New York. Fellows and students will continue exploring our six Centennial themes and their implications for the future.
  • Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy | 10/10/14 Francis Fukuyama Taking up the essential question of how societies develop strong, impersonal, and accountable political institutions, Francis Fukuyama follows the story from the French Revolution to the so-called Arab Spring and the deep dysfunctions of contemporary American politics. Why have some regions developed more quickly than others? What is the future of democracy in the face of a rising global middle class and entrenched political paralysis in the West? (Public Affairs Program)
  • Elite Perceptions of the United States in Europe and Asia | 10/07/14 Xenia Wickett A new report finds that political and business leaders in Asia value U.S. hard power while Europeans focus on American values. Both, though, view U.S. business more positively than the government. What do these attitudes mean for policymakers and civil society? (U.S. Global Engagement Program)
  • Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention | 10/01/14 Séverine Autesserre Why do international peace interventions often fail to reach their full potential? Based on several years of research in conflict zones around the world, Barnard professor Séverine Autesserre will demonstrate how everyday elements strongly influence peacebuilding effectiveness. What are some innovative ways to better help host populations and build a sustainable peace? (Carnegie New Leaders)
  • A Conversation with Lieutenant-General Roméo A. Dallaire | 09/23/14 Roméo A. Dallaire Roméo A. Dallaire, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Rwanda during the genocide in 1994, played a heroic role trying to save lives in the face of overwhelming odds. Since that time, he has become a voice of conscience on the doctrine known as "the responsibility to protect" and an advocate for ending the use of child soldiers. He will speak on the imperative to act in the face of atrocities and the instruments available to limit their impact on innocent civilians. (Ethics Matter Series)
  • Foreign Fighters in Syria | 09/23/14 Richard Barrett The conflict in Syria is now about much more than Bashar al-Assad. As the ISIS offensive in Northern Iraq and the refugee crises in Lebanon and Jordan have shown, it has spilled over Syria's porous borders. How should the West respond? And why does Islamic extremism attract so many? (Public Affairs Program)
  • How to Prevent Another Great Recession | 09/18/14 Asli Ay In the run-up to the Great Recession, lawmakers and regulators confused correlation with causation and symptoms with the disease, and bent the reality to suit their political rhetoric, effectively planting the seeds of the next crisis. What can we learn from this experience that would allow us to improve our system of growth and opportunity called capitalism? (Carnegie New Leaders)
  • Climate Change and the Future of Humanity | 09/16/14 Dale Jamieson, Darrel Moellendorf, Mary Robinson, Henry Shue How will climate change affect humankind in the coming years? What can private citizens, governments, and NGOs do in the face of a seemingly insurmountable challenge? (Public Affairs Program)
  • The Crisis of 1914 and What It Means for Us Today | 06/27/14 Joel H. Rosenthal, Margaret MacMillan, George Rupp, David Rodin, Adam Roberts, Ivo Banac, Mustafa Cerić, Michael Ignatieff A Carnegie Council delegation will visit Sarajevo in June 2014 to address questions of ethics and international affairs and to commemorate the events that contributed to the start of World War I.
  • In the Aftermath of Afghan and Indian Elections: View from Pakistan | 06/25/14 Jalil Abbas Jilani For some time, Pakistan's relations with its neighbors have been difficult. Will new governments in India and in Afghanistan lead to more stability? (Public Affairs Program)
  • Can Japan Change? The Seeds of Renewal in Japanese Society and What It Means for the World | 06/17/14 Ethan Devine, Weston S. Konishi, Ken Shibusawa, Yuuki Shinomiya, Devin T. Stewart The dominant news stories on Japan focus on a shrinking, aging population and a nation in stagnation and decline. But does this view miss subtle changes happening outside politics, for example, in public attitudes and mindsets? And might these changes mirror shifts taking place in other societies worldwide? (Global Ethics Network)
  • Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East | 06/16/14 Scott Anderson How did the Arab Revolt and Lawrence of Arabia shape the Middle East? How are his actions of a century ago still being felt today? Who were the other lesser-known adventurers of this world? (Public Affairs Program)
  • A Conversation with Law Professor and Columnist Rosa Brooks on Obama's Foreign Policy | 06/09/14 Rosa Brooks When the pundit Rosa Brooks criticizes the Obama administration in her weekly foreignpolicy.com column, she is speaking from personal experience: Brooks spent two years in the president's first term as counselor to the undersecretary of defense for policy. She also speaks with the authority of a legal scholar: At Georgetown University Brooks teaches classes in constitutional and international law, as well as failed states and the law of atrocities. (Ethics Matter Series)
  • The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move? | 06/04/14 Patrick Tucker We are on the threshold of a historic transition in our ability to forecast aspects of the future with ever-increasing precision. The rise of big data will enable us to anticipate not only events like earthquakes or epidemics, but also individual behavior. Will we be able to predict guilt before a person commits a crime? (Public Affairs Program)
  • The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union | 06/02/14 Serhii Plokhy When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the popular narrative was that democracy had finally triumphed over communism. However, if you don't remember the role played by the former Soviet Republics, then you'll find it impossible to understand the politics of the region today. What did Ukraine, Moldova, and the Caucasus have to do with the disintegration of the Soviet Union? (Public Affairs Program)
  • Sectarian Politics in the Gulf: From the Iraq War to the Arab Uprisings | 05/28/14 Frederic M. Wehrey From the invasion of Iraq to the Arab uprisings, the Shia-Sunni divide has dominated the Persian Gulf's political landscape. What are the roots of this divide? Focusing on Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait, how have domestic political institutions, the media, and clerical establishments exacerbated sectarianism? (Public Affairs Program)
  • Bioethics and Health Care Reform: A Conversation with Ezekiel J. Emanuel | 05/22/14 Ezekiel J. Emanuel Ezekiel J. Emanuel is a knowledgeable, forthright, and morally engaged guide to the American health care system. A doctor, a bioethicist, a former advisor to the Obama administration, and a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Emanuel has spent a generation writing, thinking, and advocating on health care reform. (Ethics Matter Series)
  • Age Of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China | 05/15/14 Evan Osnos In today's China a great collision is taking place: the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party's struggle to retain control. Why does the Chinese government still restrain freedom of expression? Why do millions of young Chinese professionals consider themselves "angry youth," dedicated to resisting the West's influence? (Public Affairs Program)
  • Moral Imagination | 05/13/14 David Bromwich Moral imagination allows us to judge the right and wrong of actions apart from any benefit to ourselves. It has led to the nonviolent resistance of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., and many more ethical developments. Is this ability an innate individual strength or a socially conditioned habit? (Public Affairs Program)
  • Attacks on the Press: Journalism on the Front Lines | 05/08/14 Joel Simon, Jacob Weisberg

    Every day, journalists around the world face incredible risks--from imprisonment and assassination to simply just "disappearing"--all for the ethical practice of their profession. Caught between wars and uprisings, corrupt police and drug cartels, journalists find themselves in some of the most dangerous situations imaginable. Now, in the aftermath of the Snowden leaks, an increasing number of oppressive censorship laws have been enacted in many countries that pose a unique threat to journalism in the digital age. What damaging effects to press freedom have been caused by U.S. mass surveillance programs ? What strategies are needed to safeguard the free flow of information around the world? (Public Affairs Program)

  • The Rise of the New Far Right in Europe and Implications for European Parliament Elections | 05/06/14 David Art, Virág Molnár, Cas Mudde The sense of victimization from the Eurozone crisis, and the so-called "democratic deficit" across the continent has found articulation in the rise of far-right movements. These are in evidence from the democracies of Western Europe to neo-fascist groups in Hungary and Greece. What are the prospects for late May's European Parliament elections? (U.S. Global Engagement Program)
  • The Invisible Casualties Of America's Longest Wars | 05/01/14 Molly O'Toole From veteran suicide to military sexual assault, today's 1.4 million active-duty military members and nearly 22 million veterans have suffered unprecedented, invisible casualties. As two of the longest conflicts in U.S. history draw to a close, both the American government and public are woefully unprepared for the invisible war that is coming home. (Carnegie New Leaders)
  • Leveraging Global Networks: Best Practices | 04/30/14
    Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, in collaboration with the Melton Foundation, will host a luncheon workshop aimed at sharing the practices and pitfalls of expanding professional networks. The discussion seeks to connect people with a demonstrated experience in managing global networks.
  • Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices from the Internet Underground | 04/29/14 Emily Parker Authoritarian governments try to isolate individuals from one another, but in the age of social media this is impossible to do. Online, people discover that they are not alone. As one blogger put it, "Now I know who my comrades are." How has the Internet empowered these individuals? How have leaders and lesser-known bloggers used technology in China, Cuba, and Russia to fight injustice? (Public Affairs Programs)
  • Ethics Matter: A Conversation with Douglas Rushkoff, Digital Media Expert, Graphic Novelist and Documentarian | 04/24/14 Douglas Rushkoff Douglas Rushkoff is the Carl Sagan of the digital cosmos--the lucid, deeply human navigator of the bewildering universe in which we now live. In an astonishing flood of books, articles, television shows, and lectures, he has charted the way digital technology changes the way we perceive time, space, others, ourselves. His most recent book, "Present Shock", explores the obsession with the now which undermines our powers of reflection. Marshall McLuhan famously said that we shape our media, and then they shape us; Rushkoff will talk about this ineluctable fact, and about how we can continue to shape our own lives. (Ethics Matter Series)
  • Ukraine and U.S.-Russia Relations | 04/21/14 Thomas E. Graham In the context of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, one of the most serious long-term questions is that of the impact on U.S.-Russia relations and cooperation on a host of issues--including arms control, international terrorism, the Middle East, and Iran. Thomas E. Graham is managing director of Kissinger Associates, Inc., formerly special assistant to President George W. Bush and senior director for Russia on the National Security Council. He will discuss prospects for, and challenges to, this critical bilateral relationship. (U.S. Global Engagement Program)
  • The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil | 04/09/14 Christine Bader There is an invisible army of people deep inside the world's biggest and best-known companies, pushing for safer and more responsible practices. They are trying to prevent the next Rana Plaza factory collapse and the next Deepwater Horizon explosion. Obviously, they don’t always succeed. Author and scholar Christine Bader will discuss her time at BP as a member of this invisible army. (Carnegie New Leaders)
  • Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East | 04/08/14 Shadi Hamid In the wake of the Arab Spring, Islamist groups, like the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, have gained power and prominence. But however pragmatic these groups may be, their ultimate goal remains the Islamization of society. And with a conservative electorate, they can push their own form of illiberal democracy while insisting they are carrying out the popular will. Where have the region's varied Islamist groups come from? Where might they be headed? (Public Affairs Program)
  • Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific | 04/07/14 Robert D. Kaplan From the newly capitalistic Vietnam, to Malaysia's postmodern mix of authoritarian Islam and Western-style consumerism, to the benevolent autocracy of Singapore and the corruption of the Philippines, what are the goals and motivations of the nations that surround the South China Sea? What are the flashpoints for conflict? (Public Affairs Program)
  • The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words (1000 BCE–1492) | 04/03/14 Simon Schama Jewish civilization has existed for centuries in different areas of the world, not a culture apart but immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they lived--from Egyptians to Greeks, from Arabs to Christians. How do their stories impact everyone's stories as well? (Public Affairs Program)
  • Conviction, Conflict, Community: A Conversation with George Rupp | 04/01/14 George Rupp Most recently the president of the International Rescue Committee and of Columbia University, George Rupp will discuss the increased salience of religion in international affairs, the changing nature of conflict, and the limits of modern Western individualism. (Centennial Event, Ethics Matter Series)
  • A Film Screening & Conversation with Luis Moreno-Ocampo: "Watchers of the Sky" | 03/28/14 Luis Moreno-Ocampo "Watchers of the Sky" is an educational documentary film directed by Edet Belzberg on the origins of genocide and the function of law in controlling it, with a focus on the work of Raphael Lemkin, a Polish lawyer of Jewish descent. The film recently won the Special Jury Award and the Documentary Editing Award at Sundance Film Festival. Carnegie New Leader Eddie Mandhry will lead a discussion with former ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, one of the subjects of the film, after a screening of an abridged version of the movie. (Carnegie New Leaders)
  • No Ordinary Men: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi, Resisters Against Hitler in Church and State | 03/26/14 Elisabeth Sifton, Fritz Stern During the 12 years of Hitler's Third Reich, very few Germans took the risk of actively opposing his tyranny and terror. The pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his close friend and brother-in-law Hans von Dohnanyi were two of the few who took a stand against the seemingly all-powerful regime. How did these men help victims of the Holocaust? How close did their anti-Hitler plots come to fruition? (Public Affairs Program)
  • Driving Competitive Advantage through Values-based Leadership | 03/18/14 Antony Jenkins Over a period of time, the business of banking has become too aggressive, resulting in scandals and abuses. However, according to Antony Jenkins, the behavior that made those headlines is in the past. No longer focusing on the short term, nor disconnected from the needs of customers, clients, and society, how is Barclays addressing these challenges? What are its guidelines for the future? (Public Affairs Program)
  • Ethics Matter: A Conversation with Sebastian Junger | 03/12/14 Sebastian Junger Sebastian Junger is one of the finest narrative journalists writing in English. His books include "The Perfect Storm," made into a film of the same name, and "WAR," an account of American soldiers under near-constant attack in a remote outpost in Afghanistan. (He directed "Restrepo," the film version of the book.) Junger writes about life and death; he is as much novelist as journalist. He will talk about war and warriors, about the choices people make in extreme situations, and about the choices he has made in his own life. (Ethics Matter Series)
  • The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World | 03/11/14 Zachary Karabell Gross national product, balance of trade, unemployment figures, inflation, and the consumer price index determine whether we feel optimistic or pessimistic about our future and dictate whether businesses hire or hunker down, governments spend trillions or try to reduce debt, and individuals buy a car, get a mortgage, or look for a job. Yet few of us know where these "leading indicators" come from, what they mean, or why they rule our world. What are the limitations of these numbers? How can we become less dependent on a few simple figures? (Public Affairs Program)
  • The Struggle for Iraq's Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy | 03/04/14 Zaid al-Ali Many Westerners have offered interpretations of Iraq's nation-building progress in the wake of the 2003 war and the eventual withdrawal of American troops from the country, but little has been written by Iraqis themselves. In the wake of ever increasing sectarianism, violence, and pervasive corruption, Iraqi lawyer Zaid al-Ali asks the salient question of whether Iraq can regain its viability as a nation. (Public Affairs Program)
  • Russia's Central Asian Workforce: Why are Xenophobia and Nationalism on the Rise? | 02/27/14 Vicki Litvinov After the United States, Russia is the second largest recipient of migrant labor in the world. And 80 percent of its migrants come from the former Soviet Union, many from countries in Central Asia that depend on the remittances that workers send home to their families. As this sector of the workforce increases, so has anti-migrant sentiment. How are nationalism, xenophobia, and labor migration intersecting in Russia today? What is the role of the government and the media? (Carnegie New Leaders)
  • The Global War for Internet Governance | 02/26/14 Laura DeNardis Conflicts surrounding Internet governance are on the rise, leading to questions about free speech and cybersecurity. How should the Internet be governed? What is the role of sovereign nations and individual treaties? (Public Affairs Program)
  • Ethics Matter: A Conversation with Harold Hongju Koh | 02/25/14 Harold Hongju Koh As legal adviser to the State Department from 2009 to 2013, Harold Koh was responsible for making judgments about the most difficult issues in the war on terror: drone strikes, military tribunals, preventive detention. Professor Koh, one of the leading authorities on human rights law, was ideally positioned to help President Obama bring these practices in line with international law. He can speak, as no one else can, about the terrible dilemma of preserving liberty while confronting global threats to security. (Ethics Matter Series)
  • The Future of American Warfighting: Lessons of the Contemporary Battlefield | 02/20/14 Ben FitzGerald, Patrick J. Mahaney, Jr., Noah Shachtman This panel will explore the rapid evolution of transformative military technologies that are now appearing on the world's battlefields and are redefining warfighting strategies and tactics. The panelists will pay particular attention to the role of autonomous and semi-autonomous platforms--unmanned aerial vehicles or drones, remotely piloted aircraft, robotics--in tomorrow's conflicts. How will these technologies change the "on-the-ground" experience for combatants? How will it change for decision-makers and civilians? (U.S. Global Engagement Program)
  • Building Peace in the 21st Century: Global Ethical Dialogues | 02/19/14 Deen Chatterjee, Jean-Marc Coicaud, David Rodin The Barbara and Norman Tanner Human Rights Center, in collaboration with Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York, will host its eighth annual conference on February 19-20 at the University of Utah. The conference will examine new challenges to peace in the early 21st century--challenges that would not have been clearly envisioned 100 years ago when Carnegie's philanthropies were established.
  • The Fog of Peace: The Human Face of Conflict Resolution | 02/19/14 Giandomenico Picco How should we talk to the enemy? The most important aspect of conflict resolution is for antagonists to understand their opponents as individuals--their ambitions, their pains, the resentments that condition their thinking, and the traumas they do not themselves fully grasp. (Public Affairs Program)
  • By All Means Necessary: How China's Resource Quest is Changing the World | 02/12/14 Elizabeth Economy, Michael Levi In the past 30 years, China has transformed from an impoverished country where peasants comprised the largest portion of the populace to an economic power with an expanding middle class and more megacities than anywhere else on earth. Where will the country find the resources to support this new reality? What are the economic, political, and environmental consequences to China's resource quest? (Public Affairs Program)
  • Differing Perspectives on Iran and the Middle East Peace Process: Is there a Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations? | 02/06/14 Dov Waxman Do the public disagreements between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government over Iran's nuclear program and the current peace talks with the Palestinians signal a growing rift between the United States and Israel? How strong is the alliance between the countries? Dov Waxman will answer these questions in a conversation with Carnegie Council Senior Fellow David C. Speedie about the U.S.-Israel relationship. (U.S. Global Engagement Program)
  • Rules of Engagement: The Legal, Ethical and Moral Challenges of the Long War | 02/04/14 Kenneth Anderson, Charles A. Blanchard, Robert Grenier There are serious legal questions about fighting an undeclared and/or ad hoc war against non-state actors, like the so-called "long war" that the U.S. is fighting against various militant groups. What are the limits to President Obama's authority when it comes to "signature strikes" and targeted killing? What is the role of Congress and the judiciary branch? Can the drone campaign be legally and morally justified? (U.S. Global Engagement Program)
  • The Limits of Partnership: U.S.-Russian Relations in the 21st Century | 02/04/14 Angela Stent Snowden, Syria, Sochi, and more--these are just some of the negative elements in the atmosphere of Russian-American relations today. Why has it been so difficult to develop a productive and more predictable post-Cold War U.S.-Russian partnership? What would it take to redesign this relationship and move it beyond what at best is a limited and selective partnership? These questions and their answers have far-reaching consequences. (Public Affairs Program)
  • Mobilize Your People Like Obama: Applying Lessons from the 2012 Campaign to Your Everyday Work | 01/30/14 David Osborne In 2012, Barack Obama won a hard-fought victory in a campaign driven by advanced community organizing tactics, big data, and technology. Spend an evening in an interactive workshop with Obama campaign alum David Osborne, who will show how lessons from the campaign can lead you to inspire your teams to rally around goals and achieve greater results. He'll also talk about how values can inform mobilizing strategy, and some of the tough ethical questions that came up in the course of the campaign. (Carnegie New Leaders)
  • The Remotely Piloted Aircraft Known as Drones: A Proponent's Perspective | 01/29/14 Charles J. Dunlap, Jr. Few aspects of warfare have been more controversial than American use of drones. Professor Dunlap, a retired Air Force major general, will describe the operation of drones, debunk some common misconceptions about them, and explain their military utility. Are they a necessary tool in America's war arsenal? (Public Affairs Program)
  • The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters | 01/28/14 Gregory Zuckerman In 2006, with oil and gas production stagnating, tensions in the Middle East boiling over, and China competing for resources, things looked grim for American energy. But, fracking has pointed the United States towards energy independence. How did this revolution begin? Who are the wildcatters leading the fracking revolution? And is this practice dangerous? (Public Affairs Program)
  • The Second Arab Awakening | 01/23/14 Marwan Muasher Political change in the Arab world began with the first Arab Awakening in the 19th century and has extended to the present time. But why were all sides--the United States, Europe, Israel, and Arab governments alike--deeply misguided in their thinking about Arab politics and society when the turmoil of the Arab Spring began? What can be done to encourage positive state building? (Public Affairs Program)
  • In Search of a Global Ethic: Lessons From the Big Cities | 01/21/14 Michael Ignatieff In this talk, Michael Ignatieff will share some of the ethical lessons to be learned when you listen to government leaders, police, citizens and community activists as they negotiate and overcome differences and seek to generate the minimum common agreement we need in order to share the city. (Global Ethical Dialogues event, Los Angeles)
  • War, Jihad, and Reconciliation | 01/14/14
    The entanglement of religion with political conflict has obviously been a profound challenge to the international order over the past two decades. Can we creatively address these conflicts and even find common ground and resources for peace-building in religion? (This Global Ethics Fellows event takes place in Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Ethics Matter: Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2014 with Ian Bremmer | 01/14/14 Ian Bremmer What are the biggest risks for 2014? What are the associated ethical decisions? Political risk guru Ian Bremmer discusses his annual list and his conclusions may surprise you. Ian Bremmer is the president of the world's leading global political risk research and consulting firm, Eurasia Group. He was previously a Carnegie Council Trustee. Carnegie Council Senior Fellow Devin Stewart will moderate this event. (Ethics Matter Series)
  • Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know | 01/09/14 P. W. Singer In just one generation, "cyberspace" has gone from a science fiction term to something we depend on for our entire way of life. And the cybersecurity issues that result challenge literally everyone: politicians wrestling with everything from cybercrime to online freedom; generals protecting the nation from new forms of attack, while planning new cyberwars; lawyers and ethicists building new frameworks for right and wrong. From the "Anonymous" hacker group and the Stuxnet computer virus to the new cyber units of the Chinese and U.S. militaries, how does cyberspace actually work? What does the average citizen need to know? (Public Affairs Program)
  • CNL Holiday Party and Program Update | 12/18/13
    Come celebrate the holiday season with Carnegie New Leaders! Catch up with some familiar faces, meet new members, and hear about what is in store for 2014. Most importantly, we'd like to gather you all together to celebrate another successful year of CNL programming. We look forward to seeing you at this joyous occasion! (Carnegie New Leaders)
  • Ethics Matter: The Future of War, with Andrew Exum | 12/12/13 Andrew Exum After receiving a degree in classics and English literature from the University of Pennsylvania, Andrew Exum enlisted in the U.S. Army and from 2000 to 2004, he led platoons in Afghanistan and Iraq. He returned to Afghanistan in 2009 to advise General Stanley McChrystal. The United States will continue intervening, in some form, in unsettled places across the globe; Exum, the author of "This Man's Army: A Soldier's Story from the Frontlines of the War on Terror," is uniquely situated to explain what American soldiers can and cannot achieve. This event will be moderated by author and journalist James Traub. (Ethics Matter Series)

  • The Confidence Trap: A History of Democracy in Crisis from World War I to the Present | 12/12/13 David Runciman Why do democracies keep lurching from success to failure? While good at recovering from emergencies, democracies have been bad at avoiding them. How did politicians and thinkers from Woodrow Wilson, Nehru, and Adenauer to Francis Fukuyama and Obama deal with crises? Can we learn from their successes and mistakes? (Public Affairs Program)
  • Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late | 12/10/13 Joseph Cirincione In the 1960s, 23 states had nuclear weapons and research programs; today, only nine states have weapons. Yet that still leaves 17,000 nuclear weapons that someone could use, by accident or by design, triggering a nuclear catastrophe. Will the trend toward disarmament continue, or are we on the brink of a new arms race—or worse, nuclear war? (Public Affairs Program)

  • Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy | 12/05/13 Eri Hotta, Ian Buruma Why did Japan recklessly attack the United States in 1941, launching a war that most of the nation's leaders knew they were almost certain to lose? Why did they go ahead, despite heated internal debates? And what were the motivations of Emperor Hirohito and General Hideki Tojo in the days leading up to Pearl Harbor? Get the inside story from a Japanese perspective. It may change your view of the war forever. (Public Affairs Program)
  • My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel | 11/25/13 Ari Shavit Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. But from the Zionists and European immigrants of the mid-20th century to today's dot-com entrepreneurs and influential politicians, the small nation continues to be a crucial part of today's global political landscape. How will Israel's complex past shape its still uncertain future? (Public Affairs Program)
  • The Constitution Project: Task Force Report on Detainee Treatment | 11/21/13 David Gushee, David R. Irvine Brigadier General David Irvine (Ret.) and Dr. David Gushee from The Constitution Project's bipartisan, blue-ribbon Task Force on Detainee Treatment will come together for an in-depth look at America's pre- and post-9/11 actions related to the capture, detention, and interrogation of suspected terrorists. (Public Affairs Program)
  • Small States and Nuclear War: A Roundtable Discussion with Thomas M. Nichols | 11/21/13 Thomas M. Nichols Carnegie Council is hosting an informal roundtable discussion with Thomas M. Nichols, professor of national security affairs at the United States Naval War College. Professor Nichols will discuss "Small States and Nuclear War," focusing on a new dimension of the classical question of deterrence: How can the United States deter the use of nuclear weapons by small states?
  • Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism | 11/20/13 Thomas E. Patterson As journalist Walter Lippmann noted nearly a century ago, democracy falters "if there is no steady supply of trustworthy and relevant news." Today's journalists are not providing it. What needs to be done in order to provide the knowledge-based reporting necessary to maintain the health of our democratic political process? (Public Affairs Program)
  • Ethics Matter: A Conversation with Online Activist Ricken Patel | 11/18/13 Ricken Patel In 2007, Ricken Patel created Avaaz, a new thing in the world--a virtual network of ordinary citizens around the globe who advocate for causes, like transparency in government and a negotiated solution to the Syrian civil war. Avaaz circulates a policy statement among the more than 26 million members, who need do nothing more than click "Send" to register support. When it's so easy to gather a million signatures, how seriously will media barons or world leaders take them? Is a finger-click a meaningful form of social activism, or merely a self-aggrandizing gesture?  This event will be moderated by author and journalist James Traub. (Ethics Matter Series)
  • Global Environmental Change and the Rise of Emerging Infectious Diseases | 11/13/13 Elizabeth Loh, Kris Murray, Sarah Elwood EcoHealth Alliance scientists Kris Murray, Elizabeth Loh, and Sarah Elwood will explore how land-use change can result in the emergence of novel diseases, and discuss how this unintended public "bad" might be valued from an ecosystem services perspective. Understanding the value of "ecosystem health services," and in particular tallying up the costs of disease emergence due to land-use change, could be an important component in how we evaluate the net worth of intact ecosystems and future land-use development decisions. (Carnegie New Leaders)
  • Citizenship Within and Across Nations | 11/07/13 Kwame Anthony Appiah Kwame Anthony Appiah, the Laurence S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University, will address Carnegie Council's Global Ethics Fellows on the occasion of the fellowship's third annual meeting in New York City. Appiah will argue for mutual respect between citizens in democracies and across societies in sustaining important institutions such as democracy and the global human rights regime. (Carnegie Council Centennial)
  • Third Annual Global Ethics Fellows Conference | 11/05/13
    Carnegie Council hosts its Global Ethics Fellows and Ethics Fellows for the Future for a three-day series of panel discussions on our six Centennial themes: corruption and trust; environment and growth; citizenship and difference; war and reconciliation; technology and risk; and democracy and its challengers. The Ethics Fellows for the Future will be presenting their capstone Global Ethics Projects to the group.
  • Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them | 11/01/13 Joshua D. Greene Our brains were designed for tribal life, for getting along with a select group of others (Us) and for fighting off everyone else (Them). But modern times have forced the world's tribes into a shared space, resulting in epic clashes of values. When should we trust our instincts? When should we use reason? And can the right kind of reasoning move us forward? (Public Affairs Program)
  • Ethics Matter: A Conversation with Writer Kurt Andersen | 10/30/13 Kurt Andersen Kurt Andersen, journalist, editor, novelist, NPR radio host, grew up in the late 1960s, a moment when the great generational imperative was: do justice. He found a way of pursuing the imperative of truth-telling without sacrificing his rich sense of the absurd, founding Spy magazine and writing such celebrated novels as 2007's "Heyday," which invite readers to consider the American present in light of the past. Andersen will talk about the arc of his career, about the ongoing influence of the 1960s in our collective life, and about the dead end which our national political debate has reached. This event will be moderated by author and journalist James Traub. (Ethics Matter Series)
  • Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change | 10/28/13 Edmund Phelps Between the 1820s and the 1960s, some nations experienced a mass "flourishing"--meaningful work, self-expression, and personal growth were the norms for more people than ever before--fueled by modern values such as the desire to create, explore, and meet challenges. Why did prosperity explode in these nations in this way? Why are the sources of that prosperity under threat today? (Public Affairs Program)
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