Ethics Matter

A Conversation with David Keyes on Advancing Human Rights | 11/14/14 David Keyes, Andrew Nagorski In the Soviet era, it was difficult to alert the world of what was happening to dissidents, says David Keyes. Today, however, there's an overload of information from YouTube and other sources and the challenge is how to overcome "human rights fatigue." He explains how crowd-sourcing and other means can get the word out.

A Conversation with Will Kymlicka on the Challenges of Multiculturalism | 11/11/14 Will Kymlicka, James Traub From Canada to Europe, how do different societies deal with immigrant groups? How have their policies evolved and where are they headed? What rights should domestic animals have? Will Kymlicka ably shows that the world is going through a rights revolution, demolishing the old hierarchies and gradually becoming more and more inclusive.

A Conversation with Lieutenant-General Roméo A. Dallaire | 10/02/14 Roméo A. Dallaire, James Traub In this inspiring conversation, Dallaire talks about his faith in the principle of R2P--"one of the great innovations of our time"--and how to go about actually implementing it; the tragedy of Rwanda; and most of all, his work to prevent the use of child soldiers.

A Conversation with Law Professor and Columnist Rosa Brooks on Obama's Foreign Policy | 06/12/14 Rosa Brooks, James Traub With an insider's perspective, Rosa Brooks candidly discusses U.S. foreign policy, from Kosovo to Afghanistan, Syria, and Ukraine, along with her views on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Would Clinton have made a better president?

A Conversation with Ezekiel Emanuel on Health Care Reform | 05/30/14 Ezekiel J. Emanuel, James Traub A doctor, a former advisor to the Obama administration, and a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Emanuel has spent a generation advocating on health care reform. In this lively and sometimes heated discussion, he clearly and succinctly explains "Obamacare," why it evolved as it did, and what it will mean for Americans going forward.

A Conversation with Douglas Rushkoff, Digital Media Expert, Graphic Novelist and Documentarian | 04/30/14 Douglas Rushkoff, James Traub With the advent of new means of interaction from the TV remote to Twitter, the media became a two-way conversation, says Douglas Rushkoff. But who controls, shapes, and benefits most from these interactions--we the users, or big business?

Conviction, Conflict, Community: A Conversation with George Rupp | 04/07/14 George Rupp, James Traub The United States' problem is the presumption of individualism, which is deeply resented and resisted in most of the world, except in some parts of Western Europe. Until we get over that, we are not going to be able to engage with international issues, because we are unaware of how deeply unacceptable our default position is to all those other communities.

Ethics Matter: A Conversation with Sebastian Junger | 03/18/14 Sebastian Junger, James Traub Journalist Sebastian Junger knows about war from the inside: the horror and pain, the excitement and heightened awareness, and the fierce brotherhood between soldiers. In this moving conversation he talks about his life and work, and ponders on what everyone owes their country, whether they choose to fight or stay home.

"War on Terror," an Insider's View: A Conversation with Harold H. Koh | 02/28/14 Harold Hongju Koh, James Traub 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. This fascinating and revealing conversation explores Koh's moral convictions and the inner workings of government.

Ethics Matter: Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2014 with Ian Bremmer | 01/22/14 Ian Bremmer So what should we look out for in 2014? "The economic risks are receding. The geopolitical risks are becoming more important," says political risk guru Ian Bremmer. Don't miss this entertaining but fact-filled talk for insights on global affairs, from U.S. foreign policy, to the Middle East, Asia, Russia, Europe, and emerging markets.

Ethics Matter: The Future of War, with Andrew Exum | 12/19/13 Andrew Exum, James Traub Andrew Exum is a scholar, author, and former U.S. Army officer. In this revealing talk, he describes, in vivid detail, his days leading platoons in Iraq and Afghanistan; insights gained while working at the Pentagon; the successes and failures of America's counterinsurgency efforts; and the growing civilian-military divide, especially in the Northeast.

Ethics Matter: A Conversation with Online Activist Ricken Patel | 11/22/13 Ricken Patel, James Traub A brilliant student, Ricken Patel could have had a stellar career in any field he wished. Instead he chose to live among the poor in some of the world's most dangerous places, and ultimately founded Avaaz, a successful activist organization with more than 30 million members. Learn more about Patel and Avaaz in this remarkable interview.

Ethics Matter: A Conversation with Writer Kurt Andersen | 11/05/13 Kurt Andersen, James Traub Journalist, novelist, entrepreneur, cultural critic, award-winning radio broadcaster--all of these describe Kurt Andersen. In this lively conversation, he talks about his career (including being fired by "New York" magazine for writing about Wall Street); the lasting effects of the 1960s; American politics today; Edward Snowden; and much more.

The Ethics of Hacking Back: Cybersecurity and Active Network Defense | 09/25/13 Gregory Conti, Robert Clark, Chris Rouland The Internet is "a global free fire zone," yet it is illegal for companies to hack back against cyber attacks--although rumor has it that many are doing so. How much of the responsibility to protect their assets should rest with the private sector and how much with the government? This expert panel explores these difficult legal and ethical questions.

Founder Of Stealthy Security Firm Endgame To Lawmakers: Let U.S. Companies "Hack Back" | 09/20/13 Chris Rouland Chris Rouland hasn't spoken in public much since he created the secretive cybersecurity contractor Endgame five years ago, writes Andy Greenberg in "Forbes." But he broke his silence at a Carnegie Council event, to voice a request to lawmakers: Give government agencies and private firms more power to retaliate against those who hack them.

Cybersecurity Firm Founder Wants Companies to Be Able to "Hack Back" Against Hackers | 09/20/13 Chris Rouland An article for "The Daily Caller" on cybersecurity cites remarks made by Endgame Systems founder Chris Rouland during a Carnegie Council panel discussion. “I do think eventually we need to enable corporations in this country to be able to fight back” against hackers, urged Rouland.

Ethics Matter: Jeremy Scahill on the World as a Battlefield | 06/13/13 Jeremy Scahill, Marlene Spoerri In the name of the "war on terror," the U.S. is conducting covert warfare and targeted killings, and it dismisses the resulting deaths of innocent civilians as "collateral damage." What are the ethical and practical repercussions of these policies? Jeremy Scahill's blistering talk ranges from Iraq to Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia.

Ethics Matter: Zainab Salbi on Women, War, and Self-Empowerment | 04/09/13 Zainab Salbi, Marlene Spoerri In this fascinating conversation, Zainab Salbi discusses her personal journey from growing up in Saddam Hussein's Iraq to becoming a global champion of women's rights. She also focuses on the realities of women's lives across the Middle East and proposes constructive ways to change negatives to positives.

Ethics Matter: A Conversation on Bioethics with NASA's Paul Root Wolpe | 03/08/13 Paul Root Wolpe, Marlene Spoerri In this eye-opening conversation, renowned bioethicist Dr. Wolpe grapples with the ethical issues raised by advances in biotechnology and neuroscience, including "brain fingerprinting" and eventual mind-reading.

Ethics Matter: Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2013 with Ian Bremmer | 01/18/13 Ian Bremmer, Devin T. Stewart "There are three big things happening right now in the world: China rising, Middle East exploding, Europe muddling through. Those are the things that truly matter, in the sense that they have potentially very different kinds of trajectories and outcomes depending on where they go."

Ethics Matter: Srdja Popovic on Creating Successful Nonviolent Movements | 12/11/12 Srdja Popovic, Marlene Spoerri Successful nonviolent movements need three things: the cool factor, memorable branding, and humor, says Popovic. He cofounded the Serbian youth movement Otpor!, which played a major role in toppling Milosevic, and his work training activists in Egypt and Tunisia is widely credited for inspiring Arab Spring protesters.

Ethics Matter: Dan Ariely on the Hidden Forces that Shape our Decisions | 11/20/12 Dan Ariely, Marlene Spoerri Why do smart people cheat? Why do we eat more than we should or text while driving? In this funny and insightful talk, behavioral economist Dan Ariely explores the hidden factors that shape our most puzzling decisions and shows how emotions, peer pressure, and sheer irrationalism dictate our behavior.

Ethics Matter: Environmentalist Bill McKibben on Climate Change | 10/15/12 Bill McKibben, Marlene Spoerri It's wrong to say Americans are addicted to fossil fuel. The addicts are oil and gas company executives, who won't give up their profits. Until we put a price on carbon that reflects the damage it does in the atmosphere, we’ll continue to have this catastrophic market failure and moral failure.

Is the World Becoming More Peaceful? | 10/05/12 Robert D. Kaplan, Steven Pinker In this vigorous discussion, two leading thinkers in global affairs--Harvard professor Steven Pinker and "Atlantic" correspondent Robert D. Kaplan--take on the subject of world peace, a core interest of Carnegie Council.

Ethics Matter: Dambisa Moyo on How Aid to Africa is Harmful | 09/24/12 Dambisa Moyo, Julia Taylor Kennedy Aid has failed to create economic growth, says Moyo, and allows governments to evade their responsibilities. So when people say that aid provides essential services, they're missing the point. Except when disaster strikes, governments should be responsible for their citizens, not the international community.

Ethics Matter: Dov Seidman, a Moral Philosopher in a Suit | 05/08/12 Dov Seidman, Art Kleiner Leadership is going from being command-and-control to connect-and-collaborate; from inspecting for trust to giving it away; and from discussing success towards significance: "If we make a difference for our consumers, our people, and the world, success will find us."

Ethics Matter: Mary Ellen Iskenderian, CEO of Women's World Banking | 03/21/12 Mary Ellen Iskenderian, Julia Taylor Kennedy CEO of Women's World Banking Iskenderian explains why investing in women makes so much sense. She also tackles the recent critiques of microfinance and discusses how it is evolving.

Ethics Matter: Policymaker and Scholar Anne-Marie Slaughter | 03/02/12 Anne-Marie Slaughter, Julia Taylor Kennedy Anne-Marie Slaughter on the responsibility to protect: "I believe in a values-based foreign policy and looking to cooperate as often as I can. I also think that's basic self-interest. We don't do well when we go in without the support of other nations."

Ethics Matter: Philosopher Thomas Pogge, Crusader for Global Justice | 02/07/12 Thomas Pogge, Julia Taylor Kennedy In this fascinating conversation, Thomas Pogge explains how growing up in post-war Germany awakened him to injustice. He lays out his plan for reforming the pharmaceutical industry, and much more.

Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2012 with Ian Bremmer | 01/25/12 Ian Bremmer, Art Kleiner What are the biggest political risks in 2012, and the associated ethical decisions? Political risk guru Ian Bremmer discusses his annual list, and his conclusions may surprise you.

Ethics Matter: Economist and Development Expert Jeffrey Sachs | 12/09/11 Jeffrey D. Sachs, Julia Taylor Kennedy Jeffrey Sachs discusses America's economic and moral crisis; development aid; the Occupy Wall Street movement; and the mobilization of youth around the world, fighting for the basic principles of freedom, justice, and equality.

Ethics Matter: Microfinance Pioneer Susan Davis | 12/06/11 Susan Davis, Julia Taylor Kennedy Microfinance started as a movement for social justice and women's equality and gave birth to an industry, says Davis. This gave rise to scale, efficiency, and large numbers of people being served--over 150 million of the world's poorest households.

Ethics Matter: Political Scientist Joseph S. Nye, Jr. | 12/06/11 Joseph S. Nye, Jr., William C. Vocke Jr. Joseph Nye discusses the sources of his ideas, his major concepts such as soft power, the impact of these concepts, and his thoughts on the information revolution.

Ethics Matter: Conversation with Moral Philosopher Peter Singer | 10/25/11 Peter Singer, Julia Taylor Kennedy Utilitarian philosopher Peter Singer lives up to his beliefs, giving away 25-30 percent of his income to alleviate absolute poverty, and defending animal rights--or as he puts it, "extending equality beyond the species boundary." Here are his thoughts on these topics and more.

Ethics Matter: Economist and Foreign Aid Specialist William Easterly | 10/03/11 William Easterly, Devin T. Stewart, Julia Taylor Kennedy The best system for discovering new approaches is not to have one planner at the top trying to decide what are going to be the successful innovations, says Bill Easterly. It's to have lots and lots of people at the bottom experimenting and finding their own innovations.

Ethics Matter: Political Scientist and Economist Francis Fukuyama | 05/13/11 Francis Fukuyama How does Francis Fukuyama view state formation, normative issues, and human behavior? Does he believe (as Andrew Carnegie did) that history moves in an upward direction and we can eventually put an end to war? This fascinating interview explores these questions and more.

Ethics Matter: Chris Brown, LSE Professor of International Relations | 01/19/11 Chris Brown, William C. Vocke Jr. Chris Brown reveals the roots of his current thinking, and discusses his views on Marxism, human rights, humanitarian intervention, direct versus representational democracy, and cosmopolitanism versus communitarianism.

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