On the Verge of Democratic Consolidation: The Romanian Presidential Elections | 11/07/2014 It was David against Goliath in the Romanian presidential elections, and David won! For valuable background, read Teodor Stan's in-depth analysis of the complex political situation in his native country, written just before the election.
Brazil at a Crossroads: The 2013 Protests and the Upcoming Presidential Elections | 10/23/2014 Who will win the Brazilian election on October 26, and which--if either--of the candidates is more likely to fulfill the demands of the protesters who took to the streets in 2013? How much change can either of them offer, given the entrenched political status quo and the economic problems facing the country?
Needs Work: A Troubled U.S.-Russia Relationship | 10/16/2014 "The febrile hyperbole of criticism directed at Russia as a result of the crisis in Ukraine is misdirected and harmful to both Russia and the United States," argues David Speedie.
The Ottoman Road to War: Mustafa Aksakal on the Ottomans' Fateful Decision | 10/15/2014 Why did the Ottoman Empire side with Germany in World War I? It was a rational decision, given the circumstances at the time, argues Aksakal. But it brought down the empire and violently reshaped the region's borders at horrifying human cost. Indeed, WWI informs national identities even today.
Ethics Fellows for the Future 2014 Essay Collection
This booklet is a collection of the Ethics Fellows for the Future (EFF) essays and project outlines as well as the winning essay of Carnegie Council's 2014 Trans-Pacific Student Contest. Read their essays in magazine form or download the PDF.
Mary Dudziak on Civil Liberties During WWI and Beyond | 09/04/2014 "Just as the nation is perpetually focused on security, we must also be perpetually focused on maintaining constitutional liberty."
A Clear and Present Danger: Why We Need the UN Security Council to Help Defeat ISIL | 08/19/2014 The relentless advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant poses an existential threat to countries of the region and a grave challenge to the world at large. The curbing and crushing of ISIL requires extraordinary measures, a "coalition of the concerned," led by the United States and working through and in cooperation with the UN Security Council.
Sarajevo: Perspectives from a Carnegie New Leader | 08/18/2014 Conor Moran, a member of the Carnegie Council Centennial delegation, shares some complex thoughts on the city of Sarajevo and the nation of Bosnia and Herzegovina 100 years after World War I and 20 years after the Yugoslav Wars. How can this part of the world move on from its troubled history?
Helpless Bosnia and Its Women, 20 Years After Ethnic War | 08/07/2014 Carnegie Council Trustee Barbara Crossette looks at courageous women who have gone from victims of the Bosnian War (1992-1995) to heroines. Yet many foresee a potential worsening of Bosnia's political situation, a bleak prospect all Bosnians, especially Bosnia's women.
Toward Understanding Our World's Moral Landscape: Carnegie Council's Centennial Projects on a "Global Ethic" | 08/04/2014 As part of its Centennial activities, Carnegie Council launched several projects, including the Global Ethical Dialogues and Thought Leaders Forum, to explore the concept of a "global ethic." Senior Fellow Devin Stewart writes on the highlights from these two projects, including what leading thinkers believe to be the greatest ethical challenges.
Japan’s "'76ers" Gain Global Attention: New Liberal Elite Can Change Japan | 07/22/2014 In this "Nikkei Business" interview, Carnegie Council Senior Fellow discusses his research on Japan's generation known as "76ers"--i.e. those born around 1976. He talked to non-political elites, such as activists, researchers, students, journalists, and CEOs, and found that incremental but very significant changes are underway in Japan.
July 1914: Sean McMeekin on the Outbreak of World War I | 07/10/2014 Would Europe have gone to war had Franz Ferdinand survived his visit to Bosnia? What were the blunders and miscalculations on all sides that fateful July 1914? Read historian Sean McMeekin's take.
We Have a Plan: From Sarajevo to Baghdad | 06/26/2014 How should we mark the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the event that led to WWI? Here in Sarajevo, remembering its tragic history at both the beginning and end of the 20th century, it's clear that passivity in the face of instability is not an answer. But it's equally clear that we should be humble about remedies.
The Participation Gap | 06/25/2014 "Inequality doesn't result only from differences in income or wealth (the focus of French economist Thomas Piketty). It also has a political dimension, fueled by unequal access to power and the norm that all citizens deserve an equal voice."
Can Japan Change? Yes, It Can! | 06/20/2014 It may not be a revolution, but change is happening in Japan in important ways. A more open attitude is emerging toward entrepreneurship, global education, civil society, and women in leadership positions, especially among people in their 30s and 40s.
Cataclysm: David Stevenson on World War I as Political Tragedy | 06/18/2014 David Stevenson discusses the military and political decisions on both sides that led to World War I; the Eastern, Balkan, and Italian Fronts, which are often overlooked; the role of the colonies for the Allies; and much more.
Do Global Networks Require "Cruise Directors"? | 06/16/2014 On April 30, 2014, Carnegie Council and the Melton Foundation convened a group of representatives of leading global networks to investigate and share best practices. Read about the discussion, take-aways, and next steps.
The European Parliament Elections and Rise of the Far Right: Three Reasons for Reassurance, Three for Concern | 06/06/2014 The European Parliament election results are in, and the ominous has become the grim reality. Fueled by high unemployment across the continent and anti-immigrant anger, Far-Right (and in some isolated cases Far-Left) parties achieved momentous gains. What does this mean for the future and why does it matter to the United States?
Sarajevo is a Symbol: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Assassination | 05/28/2014 In this interview with the Turkish news organization Andalou Agency, Carnegie Council President Joel Rosenthal explains the reasons behind the Council's upcoming visit to Sarajevo and why its participation in the commemoration of the outbreak of World War I is important.
"The Past is Another Country:" The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act | 05/21/2014 The 1964 Civil Rights Act was a triumph of one vision--one history--of one America over another. Clay Risen's "The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act" tells the story of the unsung heroes, and the shortcomings, of the Act.