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Past Programs

Public Ethics Radio (2008-2013) Launched in August 2008, Public Ethics Radio features thinkers who engage with ethics in public life. It connects vibrant debates in philosophy with real-world politics, on issues such as military intervention, international trade, and political corruption.

Workshops for Ethics in Business (2007-2012) Workshops for Ethics in Business provides an interdisciplinary forum for business leaders, policymakers, nonprofit representatives, and academics to explore the ethical dilemmas confronting the business community.

Civility in America Series (2011) According to recent polls, civility has declined in every sector of American society. Speakers in this series include Senator Orrin Hatch on civility in politics, Charles Osgood on civility in the media, and Henry Kaufman on civility on Wall Street.

The End of the Cold War (U.S. Global Engagement Interview Series) U.S. Global Engagement Program Director David Speedie interviews Russians and Americans who played a role in the end of the Cold War.

Advocates for Ethics in Business (GPI Interview Series) This series includes conversations with business, civil society, and academic leaders. Through their discussions, these leaders share innovative ideas, examine the role of business in society, and address the ethical considerations connected to conducting business globally.

Global Policy Innovations GPI's mission: To highlight the best new thinking on a fairer globalization. It launched Policy Innovations, an online magazine that covers innovative ideas for a fairer globalization.

Political Futures, 2009 "Political Futures" is a series of video conversations between Ian Bremmer (Eurasia Group) and Joel Rosenthal (Carnegie Council) on the risks to look out for in 2009.

Foreign Policy Roundtables (ended 2009) Invitation-only sessions for academics, policy experts and journalists to scrutinize recently published works or works in progress.

Understanding Islam through Virtual Worlds (2008-2009) This project documents people sharing information in a virtual world where physical harm is not a factor and where issues such as gender, race, age and physical ability are hidden from view, thus creating a level field in which conversations can take place.

Annual Morgenthau Memorial Lecture Series (1981-2006) Named for famed international relations scholar Hans Morgenthau, the annual Morgenthau Memorial Lecture series is the longest-running public education initiative of the Carnegie Council.

Ethics and Debt Project (2003-2006) This joint project with The New School (and support from the Ford Foundation) aims to generate debate on the ethical questions of sovereign indebtedness; to identify the relevant principles for the ethical assessment of proposed solutions; and to explore policies and institutional arrangements based on such principles.

Ethics in a Violent World (2005-2006) Focusing on the institutions regulating war and peace, this initiative engages scholars, policymakers, and concerned citizens through major public lectures, policy briefings, and journal articles.

Human Rights Initiative Program (1994-2005) This program explored the ethical dilemmas that occur when human rights ideals confront realities on the ground. Through meetings, seminars, and workshops, the project looked for ways to define the parameters of this broad, interdisciplinary area of study. The magazine Human Rights Dialogue was part of this initiative.

History and the Politics of Reconciliation (2000-2005) This program promoted research and dialogue on how societies reckon with difficult pasts and the process involved in reconciliation at a societal or political level.

Empire and Democracy (2003-2004) Democracy is a near-universal value. But does America have the right to impose it unilaterally? Are there better, multilateral means to promote democracy? This project addresses these questions by holding high-level panels, creating online resources, and conducting original research.

Justice and the World Economy (2000-2003) The Justice and the World Economy program provided resources and an inter-professional and interdisciplinary forum for discussions concerning the justice of global institutional arrangements, such as capital and labor markets, international fiscal, labor, and property law, and the international financial and trading regimes.

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