Ill Fares the Invisible Hand | 12/10/2013 According to census data from 2012, there are 46.5 million Americans currently living in poverty. That is more than one in seven Americans, or roughly 15 percent of the population. Zach Dorfman reviews two extraordinary books on poverty and increasing inequality in the United States.
A Sick Asian Man Goes to Multicultural Europe: A Tale of Modern Citizenship in Transition | 12/04/2013 A parable for our times? "As the debate over multiculturalism continues, the societies to which the adjective is applied change in complex ways, as I could glimpse during my trip to Belgium in summer 2013," writes Carnegie Global Ethics Fellow Kei Hiruta.
Minutes of Global Ethics Fellows Third Annual Conference, November 6-8, 2013
The Global Ethics Fellows (GEFs) and Ethics Fellows for the Future (EFFs) discussed the Council's Centennial themes: corruption and trust; environment and growth; citizenship and difference; war and reconciliation; technology and risk; and democracy and its challengers. And the EFFs presented their Global Ethics Projects.
November 22, 1963. "John F. Kennedy Has Been Taken From Us."
"John F. Kennedy has been taken from us; there is an aching emptiness where there was once a bright presence. We are left now to assess his accomplishments and to meditate on the meaning of his death and the almost universal grief it inspired."
A Letter to Andrew Carnegie on the Eve of the Council's Centennial | 10/28/2013 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?"
The UN's Unprecedented Gamble in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Laurie Mincieli: The Forward Intervention Brigade represents an unprecedented use of the Security Council's Chapter VII peacekeeping mandate, and risks undermining peacekeeping's core tenets of impartiality, consent of parties, and restrictions in the use of force.
Ethical Challenges in Trans-Pacific Relations: Selected Essays, 2013 Contest
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.
Syria and the Just Use of Force Short of War
The Obama administration has spoken of punishing the Assad regime, of deterring future attacks, of reinforcing the norm against chemical weapons use, and of diminishing the regime's military capabilities. Consistently, these threats have been framed in the language of force short of war. How do we judge if such an action is morally justified?
Update from the Carnegie Global Oregon Learning Community | 09/17/2013 The Carnegie Global Oregon Freshman Interest Group and learning community (CGO) is a pioneering effort that partners the University of Oregon with Carnegie Council to create a combined course-based and extra-curricular "convocation to commencement" program for students to learn about and practice an ethical orientation in all that they do.
A Lifeline for Peace in Syria--and for Obama | 09/16/2013 Why are we so reluctant to say the following? The overriding priority is to end the killing; defanging the Syrian chemical weapons complex will be difficult and long-term, although the U.S.-Russia agreement offers a bold, if challenging, timetable; and Russia has come up with a better idea than we could, and we are prepared to follow and support its lead.
Field Trip to West Point Military Academy | 09/13/2013 After touring the academy, Carnegie New Leaders were priveleged to have a lengthy discussion with Major Fishback over dinner. This conversation provided an invaluable opportunity to explore issues such as the ethical dilemmas of war, implications of new technology, and changes in America's military, as well as lessons of ethical leadership.
Living With Injustice: Lessons from 1963
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the writing of three seminal texts in 20th century philosophy. An examination of these texts--by King, Arendt, and Levinas--illustrates their timelessness, and their importance in articulating and responding to contemporary injustice.
Finding Our National Moral Compass on Syria | 09/06/2013 The U.S. received aid from other nations during its own Revolutionary War, and so despite all, "as America debates the pros and cons of U.S. assistance to the people of Syria who are fighting against their own tyrant, we would do well to remember what we owe to the willingness of others to do what was morally right, however inconvenient."
On Law, Policy, and (Not) Bombing Syria | 09/05/2013 The question of whether the U.S. should use its military against Assad is separate from the questions of legal interpretation. The legal question does not address the likely consequences of the use of force.
Seven Scenarios for the Future of Syria | 09/04/2013 "Now that the country has imploded, there is no easy way out." Seth Kaplan outlines possible futures for Syria, followed by a list of recommended international options.
Syria: The Case for Punitive Intervention | 08/30/2013 "If framed in terms of punishment for a wrong committed, and if undertaken in a way that respects the rule of law at the global level, a military strike against the Assad regime makes moral, legal and even strategic sense."
Syria: "To Jaw-Jaw Is Always Better than to War-War" | 08/29/2013 The mantra of those who are pro-intervention in Syria is that while there are no good options, in the face of tens of thousands of deaths, something must be done. But according to David Speedie, while understandable, this is wrong for a number of reasons, both moral and pragmatic.
In Memoriam: Jean Bethke Elshtain (1941-2013) | 08/19/2013 Carnegie Council's Zach Dorfman reflects on Jean Bethke Elshtain, his graduate adviser at the University of Chicago: "She carried herself with an understated grace and dignity, and this gracefulness made you think about the relationship between the contemplative life and the good and ethical life."
Life, Money, and the Pursuit of Happiness | 08/19/2013 "The pursuit of wealth will continue to be the engine of American society. But let's not forget that the pursuit of happiness demands more. The signers of the Declaration of Independence pledged not only their lives and fortunes, but their 'sacred honor.' There are some things that cannot be bought."
No, the Sky Is Not Falling | 08/16/2013 Controversy surrounding the Magnitsky Act and the Edward Snowden affair has led some observers to believe a "new Cold War" is underway between the U.S. and Russia. Are these concerns overblown? Can Moscow and Washington find common ground on other more significant issues?