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The Afghan Challenge | 01/26/15 With a new president in charge, can Afghanistan find a way out of decades of conflict and oppression? What will be the effect of the U.S. troop drawdown? UN Ambassador Zahir Tanin and Afghan expert Barnett Rubin discuss Afghanistan's future.
Romania: On the Edge of a Democratic Cliff? | 01/23/15 Responding to Teo Stan's article written just before Romania's November 2014 elections, Patrick Basham argues that unfortunately, Stan was over-optimistic. "On the ground in Romania, the opposite of Stan's forecast is happening. Democratic institutions are under threat and the forces of democracy are in retreat."
Extreme Political Parties in Greece: Economic and Cultural Factors | 01/22/15 "There has been, in the period of the last 30 years especially, a breakdown of trust, not only between the governed and the government, but also between Greeks, among themselves." Palaiologos, a prominent Greek scholar-journalist, analyzes how Greece went wrong, the rise of extremist parties on both right and left, and what needs to be done.
Leveraging Networks for Impact, Part 2: Best Practice Roundtable | 01/21/15 On November, 2014, Carnegie Council and the Melton Foundation convened a group of representatives of leading global networks to investigate how to measure and maximize their impact. Read about the discussion, take-aways, and next steps.
Politics and Profits of Academia | 01/16/15 Even if universities are not for profit, budgets loom large in higher education--and global markets hold revenue potential. In this episode, we look at three ways universities are involved in global markets and how this can create ethical considerations and unintended consequences.
Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2015 | 01/15/15 "The world in 2015 looks a lot more dangerous, a lot more vulnerable," says global political risk specialist Ian Bremmer in his annual forecast. He notes that while the United States and China, the world's largest and second-largest economies, are doing better economically, the global environment is geopolitically much worse.
Cuba's Pivotal Role on the World Stage | 01/09/15 One might not think that a small island like Cuba could play a critical role in world politics. Yet the circumstances of Obama's decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba should prompt us to see the country in a new light. We should examine the role of Russia in this event, as well as the repercussions in the rest of Latin America.
Global Inequality is Falling. So what? | 01/07/15 Inequality is rising within countries, but falling for the world as a whole. What are we to make of this? This essay tackles the knotty moral and empirical questions involved in weighing global against domestic inequality.