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By All Means Necessary: How China's Resource Quest is Changing the World | 02/18/14
Elizabeth Economy, Michael Levi, Joanne J. Myers
As China's urban middle class expands, China's government--and private companies--are traveling the globe in pursuit of fuel, ores, water, and farmland. And the government has all kinds of tools to bring to bear, from public diplomacy and backroom deals, to low-cost financing and low-cost labor. How is this quest changing the world, including China itself?
The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters | 02/02/14
Thanks to fracking and the unlikely characters who made this revolution happen, the United States is now the biggest energy producer in the world. The fracking bonanza is here to stay, argues Gregory Zuckerman, and the environmental hazards can be overcome. Our best course is to work with the industry to improve safety standards.
The Second Arab Awakening and the Battle for Pluralism | 01/28/14
Jordanian diplomat and scholar Marwan Muasher surveys the situation across the Arab world. He sees reasons for optimism in the long run, particularly in Tunisia, and makes a passionate call for pluralism, which he says is essential for democracy and prosperity.
Ethics Matter: Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2014 with Ian Bremmer | 01/22/14
So what should we look out for in 2014? "The economic risks are receding. The geopolitical risks are becoming more important," says political risk guru Ian Bremmer. Don't miss this entertaining but fact-filled talk for insights on global affairs, from U.S. foreign policy, to the Middle East, Asia, Russia, Europe, and emerging markets.
Ten Billion | 09/15/13
Stephen Emmott's short, bold manifesto asks the world to wake up and recognize that not only are the problems we face increasingly interconnected--including energy, climate, food, and water--but that the connection is us.
Ethics on Film: Discussion of "The Island President" | 07/08/13
As "The Island President" makes clear, it is impossible to overstate the catastrophic effect global warming will have on the Maldives. During the 2009 Copenhagen Summit, an interviewer asked Mohamed Nasheed, the country's president, what Plan B is for the Indian Ocean archipelago. Without missing a beat, Nasheed answered, "None. We will all die."
Investing in an Independent Scotland | 04/10/13
In an eloquent speech, First Minister Salmond, leader of the government in Scotland, makes the case for an independent Scotland. In addition to compelling economic reasons, he argues that clearly, "the best people to take decisions about Scotland are the people who choose to live and work in Scotland."
TEN YEARS AFTER: A RETROSPECTIVE ON THE IRAQ WAR | 03/20/13
On the tenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, we look back on the ethical debates surrounding the war, and the conflict's tragic results. Millions of Iraqis—along with many others in the Middle East, plus Americans and their European allies—are still struggling with the consequences of March 19, 2003.
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."
Public Affairs: China's Search for Security | 02/19/13
Andrew J. Nathan
In this masterly and comprehensive talk, Andrew Nathan looks at the world from Beijing's viewpoint and sees a very challenging environment for China. He identifies four rings of security concerns: inside China's territory; its 24 surrounding countries; six regional systems; and the rest of the world.
Report from the Middle East | 02/14/13
Charles D. Freilich
Chuck Freilich's knowledgeable talk gives us an overview of the primary forces at work today in the Middle East--and some potential outcomes. He also provides an insider's analysis of Israel's politics and prospects.
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?
On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines--and Future | 11/30/12
Karen Elliott House, Joanne J. Myers
Drawing on over 30 years of experience of reporting on Saudi Arabia, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Karen Elliott House takes us behind the scenes in this secretive Kingdom--a country ruled by a coterie of princes with an average age of 77, where 60 percent of the population is under the age of 20.
Exit the Colonel: The Hidden History of the Libyan Revolution | 10/27/12
Ethan Chorin, Joanne J. Myers
The real story of the Libyan Revolution began not with the Arab Spring, but in 2003, when anti-Qaddafi sanctions were lifted. Former U.S. diplomat Ethan Chorin was posted to Libya in 2004 and was in Benghazi when Ambassador Stevens was killed. He gives an insider's perspective on this complex tale.
Ethics Matter: Environmentalist Bill McKibben on Climate Change | 10/15/12
Bill McKibben, Marlene Spoerri
It's wrong to say Americans are addicted to fossil fuel. The addicts are oil and gas company executives, who won't give up their profits. Until we put a price on carbon that reflects the damage it does in the atmosphere, we’ll continue to have this catastrophic market failure and moral failure.
Thought Leader: Nobuo Tanaka | 09/05/12
Nobuo Tanaka, Devin T. Stewart
"It is amazing that more than 2 billion people do not have access to electricity. All people equally have a right to have a very healthy and comfortable life. Access to energy, access to electricity, is a very important part of the issue that we have to tackle."
Supply Chains, and China's Interests in Africa | 06/18/12
Joshua Eisenman, David Shinn, Philippe C. Burke, Devin T. Stewart, Julia Taylor Kennedy
Ambassador David Shinn and NYU Professor Joshua Eisenman discuss China's economic interests in Africa, and the ethical questions these raise. Next comes U.S. hedge fund manager Philippe Burke, who calls for getting rid of overseas supply chains and returning to "Made in the USA."
Supply Chains, and China's Interests in Africa | 06/15/12
David Shinn, Joshua Eisenman, Philippe C. Burke, Julia Taylor Kennedy, Devin T. Stewart
Ambassador David Shinn and NYU Professor Joshua Eisenman discuss why China has such a strong economic interest in Africa, and the ethical questions this raises. Next comes U.S. hedge fund manager Philippe Burke, who believes we should bring supply chains back to America.
Public Affairs: Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power | 05/09/12
ExxonMobil is rather like France, says Steve Coll. It's mostly aligned with the U.S; it's sometimes opposed, but a lot of the time it's just busy keeping track of its own separate system and really doesn't want to be entangled in U.S. power unless it serves ExxonMobil interests.
The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources | 03/26/12
Michael T. Klare
As we run out of resources, the human race is at a pivotal point. We have two options: We can continue along the same path, leading to much of the planet becoming uninhabitable. Or we can create an alternative future where we use resources in a much more sustainable and frugal way.