"War on Terror," an Insider's View: A Conversation with Harold H. Koh | 02/28/14 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 "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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.