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Sidelined at the Summit: Indigenous Peoples Ignored in the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement | 01/25/16
It is no exaggeration to say that Indigenous Peoples are the frontline defenders in the fight against the forces perpetuating climate change. Yet despite lip-service about their importance, the richer, more powerful countries saw to it that Indigenous Peoples and their voices were largely unseen and unheard at the Paris Conference.
An Interview with Shefa Siegel on Liberia, Ebola, and the Cult of Bankable Projects | 05/28/15
Shefa Siegel, Zach Dorfman
It's not for lack of money that international organizations failed to prevent the disastrous spread of Ebola, says Shefa Siegel. It's for lack of flexibility and an inability to develop a comprehensive picture of what's going on and what the development needs are in any given country--take Liberia, which has a mere 50 doctors to serve its population of 4 million.
The UN's Efforts in International Development: Relevant or Not? | 05/19/15
David M. Malone
Which development initiatives really work? Drawing on his personal and professional experience, the UN's David Malone notes that experts' projects often fail and there are many paths to growth--take India and China, for example. The trend now is to move away from grand schemes. What's important are each group's social preferences.
Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics | 03/02/15
I. Glenn Cohen, Robert L. Klitzman
Medical tourism is big business, involving millions of patients who travel abroad to get health care. Some travel to avoid queues and save money. Others seek services that are illegal in their own country, such as abortions and surrogate pregnancies. As Cohen explains, this growing industry opens a Pandora's box of legal and ethical questions.
Examining the Potential for an American Truth and Reconciliation Commission | 02/05/15
Bennett Collins, Alison M. S. Watson
The deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner catalyzed discussions nationwide over race relations in the United States. Surely it's time for some kind of Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). But how would it work? This essay examines other TRCs--including two in the U.S.--and proposes a solution tailored to fit America in all its diversity.
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.
Michael Ignatieff in Conversation with Paul Holdengräber at the NYPL | 11/20/14
Michael Ignatieff, Paul Holdengräber
Carnegie Council Centennial Chairman Michael Ignatieff, a Canadian writer, teacher, and former politician, discusses his life, his work, and the Council's Centennial project, Ethics for a Connected World.
A Conversation with Will Kymlicka on the Challenges of Multiculturalism | 11/11/14
Will Kymlicka, James Traub
From Canada to Europe, how do different societies deal with immigrant groups? How have their policies evolved and where are they headed? What rights should domestic animals have? Will Kymlicka ably shows that the world is going through a rights revolution, demolishing the old hierarchies and gradually becoming more and more inclusive.
A Conversation with Lieutenant-General Roméo A. Dallaire | 10/02/14
Roméo A. Dallaire, James Traub
In this inspiring conversation, Dallaire talks about his faith in the principle of R2P--"one of the great innovations of our time"--and how to go about actually implementing it; the tragedy of Rwanda; and most of all, his work to prevent the use of child soldiers.
Sarajevo Symposium, Closing Remarks | 09/03/14
"We have all got to live with each other. There will be Serbs here in a thousand years, Croats here in a thousand years. We're stuck with each other. We don't have to love each other. This is not a council of brotherhood and unity. We did that. It didn't go so well. It's just a council of deep individual responsibility for ourselves as historical agents in time."
Ethics Matter: A Conversation with Online Activist Ricken Patel | 11/22/13
Ricken Patel, James Traub
A brilliant student, Ricken Patel could have had a stellar career in any field he wished. Instead he chose to live among the poor in some of the world's most dangerous places, and ultimately founded Avaaz, a successful activist organization with more than 30 million members. Learn more about Patel and Avaaz in this remarkable interview.
Michael Ignatieff Writes of Hard Lessons Learned in Politics | 09/21/13
Susan Delacourt, senior writer for the "Toronto Star," discusses Centennial chair and former Canadian opposition leader Michael Ignatieff's book "Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics." The book focuses "on what he, as a newcomer to the business, learned about politics in the trenches and on an unforgiving public stage."
Why Michael Ignatieff is Glad He Entered Politics | 09/21/13
"People sometimes ask me whether, looking back now, I think my political career was a mistake," writes Michael Ignatieff, Carnegie Council Centennial chair and former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada in "The Globe and Mail." "Yes, we lost it all in the end, and losing was brutal. But as I said on election night, failure is a great teacher."
The Ethics of Globalization and the Globalization of Ethics | 06/27/13
In this rousing and eloquent speech in Rio, given during the biggest protests there in 25 years, Michael Ignatieff salutes the protesters' "patriotic anger" and discusses how to combat corruption, a 2,000-year-old problem common to societies worldwide.
The Growing Heap of Problems on Stephen Harper's Desk | 05/24/13
"This government has talked of joining trade talks as if that’s an accomplishment," Global Ethics Fellow Roland Paris says. "But they haven’t yielded anything yet that's an actual accomplishment." Quoted in "Maclean's" article.
Ethics on Film: Discussion of "Argo" | 04/03/13
"Argo," which tells the story of a creative and daring escape from revolution-era Iran, won the Oscar for Best Picture and was a resounding commercial and critical success. Yet the film has angered diplomats and governments from New Zealand to Iran. Was "Argo" too well done for its own good?
Shefa Siegel on the Ethics of Mining | 03/13/13
Shefa Siegel, John Tessitore
Mining harms the environment irreversibly, yet this is often ignored, and mining is on the increase, often without clear ecological or economic development benefits. "We're still using the model created at the end of the 19th century, but in a very different period, where the resources are increasingly scarce and the economy has changed dramatically."
The Missing Ethics of Mining | 03/11/13
The "Ethics & International Affairs" article "The Missing Ethics of Mining," by Shefa Siegel was cited in a "Toronto Star" article entitled "Canada must do much more to promote ethical mining."
The Missing Ethics of Mining | 02/26/13
There is a maddening futility about speaking of "mining," as if it were singular or coherent. It is like talking about "Africa" or addressing the "international community" in the fashion of humanitarians, as if it is all one big thing. Rather, there are many mining industries, and each has its own culture, directives, structure, purpose, and pathologies.
Arctic Stewardship: Maintaining Regional Resilience in an Era of Global Change [Full Text] | 02/01/13
What sorts of harms arising from changes now occurring in the Arctic are actionable, and who can and should take the actions required to respond to these harms?