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This section includes Articles, Papers, and Reports from Carnegie Council staff, programs, associates, essay contests and other sources.

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U.S.-Russia Relations: Critical and Unstable | 07/02/2015 David C. Speedie "What was a troubled relationship is now on life support, and the deterioration has taken place in the most existentially perilous area of arms control, specifically nuclear weapons," says David Speedie. How can the United States and Russia move from "zero-sum" to "constructive engagement"?

Migrant Deaths Worldwide | 06/08/2015 Kavitha Rajagopalan There is no going back to a world in which migration can be prevented. The only solution to the global crisis of migrant deaths is to merge humanitarian efforts to aid and rescue migrants with coordinated, cooperative efforts to open safe, long-term migration channels throughout regions, and even the world.

Next Generation Insights on Ethics and International Affairs | 05/26/2015
This spring, the Council invited students from around the New York metro area to submit abstracts on their original research in ethics and international affairs. After reviewing many excellent submissions, we chose the best to present their work. The presentations were judged by an expert panel. The winner was Stacee Glass, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

U.S.-China MOOC Cooperation: Toward Educational Advancement | 05/20/2015 Joel Alexander, Sophie Site Jia Although MOOCs are booming in China, the country still faces structural and technical challenges. A U.S.-China partnership on MOOCs will offer educational benefits to the large labor force in China and an additional market to expanding MOOCs in the United States.

Addressing Modern-Day Slavery in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) | 05/20/2015 Nubia Pena, Paolo Zabala Alfar Of the world's 36 million trafficking victims, nearly two-thirds are from Asian countries. In order for the United States and Asia to have a promising future in trade, foreign policy negotiations, and mutual investment in socioeconomic development, there must be a closer collaboration to eradicate this terrible crime.

Teaching About Intractable Conflicts: The Olive Tree Initiative | 05/06/2015 Daniel Brunstetter, Daniel Wehrenfennig How can students learn to think more critically about conflicted regions and to engage people with different views in constructive dialogue? The Olive Tree Initiative combines a short study trip to a conflicted region, rigorous study both pre- and post-trip, and close mentorship that focuses on leadership development.

How to get from Soviet Studies to Russian Studies | 04/30/2015 Nicolai N. Petro The end of major government funding for Russian studies offers a chance to start studying Russia properly, argues Nicolai Petro, and that's something which is sorely needed.

Is Downloading Really Stealing? The Ethics of Digital Piracy | 04/27/2015 Christian Barry You wouldn't steal a car, you wouldn't steal a handbag, you wouldn't steal a television. But what about downloading pirated films? Is intellectual property infringement really morally equivalent with common theft, such as snatching someone's handbag? Read philosopher Christian Barry's take on this issue.

ISIS is the Product of Muslim Humiliation and the New Geopolitics of the Middle East | 04/07/2015 Hooshang Amirahmadi Since the end of the Cold War, a third wave of geopolitics is starting to take hold in the Middle East, one that will be characterized by failed states, political chaos and revolt, inter-state conflict, and foreign interventions. Yet this is not inevitable. The course of these disastrous developments can and must change.

It’s the Fears not the Fear Mongering that We Should Focus On | 03/27/2015 Dov Waxman "Instead of focusing on Netanyahu's fear mongering, let's focus on trying to assuage Israeli fears. Only then will Israelis vote for someone who really supports Palestinian statehood."

Russia's Orthodox Soft Power | 03/23/2015 Nicolai N. Petro Russia's values are often overlooked, or treated simplistically as the antithesis of Western values. We should understand that the close relationship between the Orthodox Church and the state provides Russia's foreign policy with a definable moral framework, one that given its popularity, is likely to continue to shape policies well into the future.

The Nemtsov Tragedy, and the Blame Game | 03/04/2015 David C. Speedie Since Boris Nemtsov's murder in Moscow on February 27, we have been regaled by a range of ill-informed conspiracy theories, writes David Speedie. Yet Putin would have almost nothing to gain, and something to lose, from Nemtsov's fate. Speedie argues that there is another theory that is as chilling as it is plausible.

Then and Now: Eight Lingering Questions on U.S.-Russia-Ukraine | 02/26/2015 David C. Speedie In March 2014, David Speedie posed eight questions on the Ukraine crisis. With an ongoing civil war in Ukraine some 15 months after the Maidan rebellion and overthrow of Ukraine's elected president, it seems time for eight new questions reflective of the ongoing crisis, and of the consequent relentless downward spiral in U.S.-Russia relations.

Ukraine: The New Cuban Missile Crisis? | 02/23/2015 Rajan Menon, Devin T. Stewart "There can be no military solution to the war in Ukraine, only a political one," says Carnegie Council Global Ethics Fellow Rajan Menon, co-author of "Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post-Cold War Order." "And sending arms to Ukraine to gain political leverage against Russia will set back prospects for a solution."

Letter to 2114, a Century from Now | 02/06/2015 Joel H. Rosenthal "At the beginning of our hundredth year, I wrote a letter to Andrew Carnegie, reporting on the progress of our Council and the prospects for the more peaceful world that he so fervently desired. Tonight I'd like to share with you a brief letter to the future. With any luck, maybe our successors will find it as they prepare for the council's bi-centennial in 2114."

"Why Korean Unification Is Not a Selfish Wish" by Eunice Yoona Lee | 02/04/2015
"Considering the nature of today's major global issues, regional conflicts like that in Korea must be solved foremost in order for humanity's progress toward world peace, global partnership, and moral integrity to be continued without hindrance--Korea must return to its unified state, not just for the good of its own citizens but for a better future of the world."

"Imagining a Better Future: Trust in Our Protectors" by Angela Yoon | 02/04/2015
"In order to rebuild peace in this century of discord, nations who have or are currently experiencing strife should pursue Security Sector Reform (SSR), with the support and assistance of the international community."

"Peace" by Cadel Watson | 02/04/2015
"The chaotic nature of recent years should serve as an example of the dangers of allowing cultural hatred to dominate the decision making of the planet. There are concrete and implementable ideas that nations and the international community can use to create peace throughout the world."

"Hopes for the Next Century: Religious Tolerance" by Kavya Deshpande | 02/04/2015
"It is vital that humanity seizes the 21st century to establish liberalism in the field of faith. There is still a long and arduous path ahead, but it is undeniable that religious tolerance will make the world a better place."

"What's Needed Is the Emergence of a New Mind-Set" by Ademola Adekunbi | 02/04/2015
"We must each work to remove the labels that we have imbibed over the years. Black does not equal gangster; Muslim does not equal terrorist; and Nigerian does not equal scammer."

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