From War to a Global Ethic | 11/21/13 Is it possible to create a global code of ethics? In this Carnegie Council Centennial Symposium at the Scottish Parliament, the panelists discuss Andrew Carnegie's legacy; what has changed since his time; and Carnegie Council's contribution to the vital task of moving toward a shared international understanding with which to face today's problems.
Citizenship Within and Across Nations | 11/12/13 Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah explores the role of civic honor, and its negative counterpart, shame, in shaping the political behavior of individuals and of nations, and in particular, in shaping the moral dimensions of political behavior.
Winners of the 2013 International Student Photo Contest, Living with Differences | 11/04/13 Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is delighted to announce the winners of its first international student photo contest. First prize went to a colorful image of intercultural connection: a British teacher, learning from her Indian students, as captured by a Japanese photographer.
WINNING PHOTOS: 2013 International Student Photo Contest | 11/04/13 Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Carnegie Council International Student Photo Contest, on the theme of Living with Differences.
Michael Ignatieff Presents Inaugural Lecture for Washington and Lee University's Mudd Center for Ethics | 10/31/13 What role should democratic deliberation play in decisions about whether or not to engage in human-rights interventions? In the inaugural lecture of Washington and Lee University's Roger Mudd Center for Ethics, Carnegie Council Centennial Michael Ignatieff posed that question with respect to the reluctance of the U.S. to use force in Syria's civil war.
A Letter to Andrew Carnegie on the Eve of the Council's Centennial | 10/28/13 From our vantage point 100 years on, Andrew Carnegie got some things right and others wrong; but the core issue remains the same. "Today's Carnegie Council focuses on the one central question that preoccupied you and your colleagues at our founding: How can we learn to live together peacefully while acknowledging our deepest differences?"
Ethical Challenges in Trans-Pacific Relations: Selected Essays, 2013 Contest | 09/27/13 Carnegie Council presents the 12 best essays from our 2013 Trans-Pacific Contest, a pioneering exercise in student collaboration. These outstanding pieces touch on issues ranging from the ethical implications of sweatshops, to cybersecurity, to climate change. Read their essays in magazine form or download the PDF.
Michael Ignatieff Writes of Hard Lessons Learned in Politics | 09/21/13 Susan Delacourt, senior writer for the "Toronto Star," discusses Centennial chair and former Canadian opposition leader Michael Ignatieff's book "Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics." The book focuses "on what he, as a newcomer to the business, learned about politics in the trenches and on an unforgiving public stage."
The Unsung Hero Who Coined the Term "Genocide" | 09/21/13 In this "The New Republic" piece, Centennial Chair Michael Ignatieff recounts the life of Raphael Lemkin, who coined the term "genocide." A Jewish, Polish law scholar who immigrated to the United States in 1941, Lemkin made it his life's project to "save future generations from the genocidal furies that had claimed his own family."
Why Michael Ignatieff is Glad He Entered Politics | 09/21/13 "People sometimes ask me whether, looking back now, I think my political career was a mistake," writes Michael Ignatieff, Carnegie Council Centennial chair and former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada in "The Globe and Mail." "Yes, we lost it all in the end, and losing was brutal. But as I said on election night, failure is a great teacher."
Deciding When to Use Force for Humane Reasons | 09/19/13 Following Centennial Chair Michael Ignatieff's op-ed in the "New York Times" on what he terms "the duty to protect" civilians in Syria, the "Times" published two letters responding to his article. Both authors take issue with Ignatieff's assertion that military action can legitimately be carried out without approval from the United Nations.
The Duty to Protect, Still Urgent | 09/14/13 "In the future, the Security Council may be deadlocked about intervening, and presidents and prime ministers will have to turn instead to their people for permission to save civilians," writes Centennial Chair Michael Ignatieff in "The New York Times." Rebuilding public support for such interventions remains a critical challenge for democratic leaders.
How to Save the Syrians | 09/13/13 "Keeping open the threat of a limited, targeted strike on Assad, while negotiations over the chemical weapons program continue, is essential both for reaching a chemical weapons agreement and for sustaining the momentum necessary for an eventual cease-fire," argues Centennial Chair Michael Ignatieff in this piece for the "New York Review of Books Blog."
Ethical Challenges in Trans-Pacific Relations: Twelve Best Contest Essays | 09/04/13 Read the 12 best essays from our 2013 Trans-Pacific contest, a pioneering exercise in student collaboration.
Student Contests and Network Opportunities | 08/20/13 To mark its 100th anniversary, Carnegie Council has launched a series of projects aimed at connecting students and professors around the world in a dialogue on global ethics. Get involved! Here's how.
Trans-Pacific Student Contest 2014 | 08/19/13 Essay or video topic: What are current or historical developments in your home country that illustrate shared or different values between your and your contest partner's country? Each entry must be a collaboration between a student who is a citizen of the United States and a student from one of the listed East Asian countries. DEADLINE: April 30, 2014.
Globalization Is the Unsung Champion of the Protests Happening Around the World | 07/11/13 Through the late 80s and 90s, protests everywhere from Berlin to Seattle revealed a common target of public unrest: globalization. Now, however, globalization has become an unsung champion of an empowered, rising global middle class that is more connected and has higher expectations politically. The June protests in Brazil are a good example.
2013 International Student/Teacher Essay Contest: What Does Moral Leadership Mean to You? | 07/11/13 What does moral leadership mean to you? Please include examples of moral leadership worldwide, and/or from your local community and personal experience. Open to all teachers, and all students high school through graduate school. DEADLINE: December 31, 2013.
The Ethics of Globalization and the Globalization of Ethics | 06/27/13 In this rousing and eloquent speech in Rio, given during the biggest protests there in 25 years, Michael Ignatieff salutes the protesters' "patriotic anger" and discusses how to combat corruption, a 2,000-year-old problem common to societies worldwide.
Global Ethical Dialogues: Lessons from Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina | 06/25/13 Most societies agree on certain global norms. For example, in most countries, corruption is considered unethical. But what happens when global norms are applied locally? How does a society define corruption and what is it doing about it? In June, 2013, our research team got to see firsthand how these forces play out in Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil.
Roundtable: Reflections on International Peace | 06/20/13 "Ethics & International Affairs" and Carnegie Council are proud to present a special Centennial roundtable, “Reflections on International Peace,” with contributions from David C. Hendrickson, Akira Iriye, Laura Sjoberg, Nigel Young, and Andrew Hurrell.
Michael Ignatieff: "La tecnología le da a los gobiernos un "poder sin precedentes" y la prensa tiene que ser "mucho más fuerte" para controlarlo" | 06/20/13 The Uruguayan weekly newspaper "Búsqueda," one of the two most influential political weekly newspapers in the country, featured a full-page interview with Centennial chair Michael Ignatieff. (In Spanish)
Global Ethical Dialogues: Concept Paper | 06/12/13 How can Carnegie Council, an organization with a global mandate but based in New York, contribute to generating egalitarian dialogue within and between unequal societies? We hope to do so by organizing an inter-connected series of global dialogues on the ethical roots of problems we face in common and what we need to do together to solve them.
Human Rights Expert and Former Politician Michael Ignatieff Leads Ethical Dialogue in South America | 06/05/13 Given that global dialogue on ethical issues is already going on in thousands of places, how can Carnegie Council make a distinctive contribution? Led by Centennial Chair Dr. Michael Ignatieff, the Council is meeting this challenge by setting up Global Ethical Dialogues across the world, starting with a June 2013 visit to Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil.
International Student Photo Contest: Living with Differences - Deadline Oct 31 | 06/03/13 In a world with tremendous diversity of beliefs and cultures, how do we live together amicably? Part of the answer lies in pluralism: the appreciation of diversity and differences, with recognition of and respect for shared values. Students everywhere, we challenge you to submit a photo that illustrates this concept! The minimum age is 13. DEADLINE: October 31, 2013.
Learning from Our “Youngers” | 05/18/13 Bruce Jentleson surveys some of the responses in a recent Carnegie Council worldwide student/teacher essay contest on global ethical challenges and dilemmas and asks: What can veteran foreign policy debaters learn from the world's youth about focusing more on the fundamental issues of our age?
Winners of the 2012 International Student/Teacher Essay Contest, "Ethics for a Connected World" | 02/22/13 Carnegie Council announces the results of its annual International Student/Teacher Essay Contest. Winners are from Finland, India, Japan, Nigeria, the Philippines, Sweden, and the USA, with honorable mentions for essays from Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, and the USA.
Ethical Leaders Have A Vision for Helping Others | 02/01/13 In February 2013, Global Thinkers Forum's website featured an interview with Devin Stewart, Carnegie Council senior program director and senior fellow.
Reimagining a Global Ethic (Lead Article in Symposium) | 01/18/13 What status do we give a global ethic in a pluralistic world that, as a matter of fact, is composed, ethically speaking, of competing moral universes?
Human Rights Watch: Promoting Ethical Behavior When It's Contested | 11/29/12 It's the job of Human Rights Watch to shine a spotlight on human rights abuses worldwide, including in the U.S., says its executive director Ken Roth. We speak not for the public conscience, but to it, "and if we have hit that conscience accurately, it’s reflected in shame, and governments then have to respond to that."
Summary of Second Annual Global Ethics Fellows Conference in New York | 11/15/12 This international conference included three panels: Cultural and Universal Norms; Political Will and Responsibilities; and Managing Systemic Risk and Systemic Crisis.
Michael Ignatieff to Chair Carnegie Council's 100th Anniversary Project "Ethics for a Connected World" | 10/03/12 Carnegie Council is pleased to announce that Michael Ignatieff will chair the Council's Centennial project. This long-term education program consists of worldwide activities for teachers, students, and the general public around the evolving concept of a "global ethic."
Carnegie Council's Trans-Pacific Student Contest, "Ethics for a Connected World" | 09/06/12 Carnegie Council announces its first Trans-Pacific Student Contest, a unique experiment in U.S.-Asia collaboration. Essay or video topic: What is the greatest ethical challenge facing U.S.-Asia relations?
International Student/Teacher Essay Contest, Deadline 12/31/12 | 09/06/12 What is the world's greatest challenge, and how does it affect both your local community and the world? What are the ethical issues involved and how can we work together to overcome this problem?
Global Rules, Local Rulers | 06/26/12 Carnegie UK Trust staff open up a fascinating discussion with the Carnegie Council audience on their research into the relationship between advocacy groups, citizens, and international organizations that regulate trade, markets, and consumer policy.
Re-Imagining a Global Ethic | 11/21/11 "A global ethic makes it possible for us to agree to disagree about ultimate questions, provided we have the philosophical clarity that comes from that process of adversarial justification," says Ignatieff in this thoughtful and challenging talk.