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Compromise and Rotten Compromises: A Reflection on the Iran Deal | 08/20/2015 Joel H. Rosenthal Ultimately, will the Iran nuclear deal be a good compromise or a rotten one? For an ethicist, one question lingers. Why did the American-led negotiators de-link the nuclear issue from every other issue? If the agreement enables Iran to pursue its most malign policies by other means, the deal may prove rotten after all.

Bringing Ukraine Back Into Focus: How to End the New Cold War and Provide Effective Political Assistance to Ukraine | 08/19/2015 Nicolai N. Petro Peacemaking efforts in Ukraine have failed because two crises must be addressed simultaneously. The first is the crisis within Ukraine over whether it should be a monocultural or bicultural nation. The second is the crisis in Russian relations with the West. The key is viewing Russia as part of the solution, rather than as the problem.

Possible Future Worlds: Essays by Carnegie Council's Ethics Fellows for the Future | 08/17/2015
This booklet is the result of a six-month online course taken by the Ethics Fellows for the Future, based on Carnegie Council Fellow Thong Nguyen's e-book, "Of All Possible Future Worlds: Global Trends, Values, and Ethics."

"Soft Power": The Values that Shape Russian Foreign Policy | 07/30/2015 David C. Speedie In the increasingly frigid environment of U.S.-Russia relations, much attention is given to what may be seen as Russia's strategic "interests." Of at least equal significance for understanding Russian attitudes, however, is a grasp of the values, the moral framework for Russia's foreign policy.

The Ethics of Nuclear Power: Reflections on Carnegie Council Site Visit to Fukushima, Japan | 07/24/2015 Devin T. Stewart As part of Carnegie Council's Global Ethical Dialogues site visits to eight countries around the world, in June 2015 the Council led a team of researchers, fellows, faculty, and students to conduct interviews in Japan on the ethical implications of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.

Namie Township, Fukushima, Japan, Case Study | 07/24/2015
This case study of ethical decisions, developed by Learning Initiative Inc., is based on archival data at Namie Township, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, from the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis.

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? 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."

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