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"Taking Sides in Peacekeeping: Impartiality and the Future of the United Nations" by Emily Paddon Rhoads [Full text] | 12/15/16
The norm of impartiality is pivotal to the United Nations' activities in the areas of conflict resolution, mediation, peacekeeping, humanitarian action, and adjudication. In recent years, however, the organization's principled adherence to impartiality has come under scrutiny.
Interview with Thomas Weiss on Change and Continuity in Global Governance | 02/02/16
Thomas G. Weiss, John Tessitore
The term global governance grew up to describe the fact that there is an increasing number of civil society actors. Nevertheless, these new actors are not going to solve terrorism; they're not going to halt mass atrocities; they're not going to halt Ebola. States are still the main actors and they must be pushed and shoved by all the rest to take effective action.
Carnegie Council Celebrates Third Edition of "Ethics and Statecraft: The Moral Dimension of International Affairs," October 2015 | 10/30/15
This collection of essays uses challenging cases from modern history to illuminate the most pressing moral question facing decision-makers today: how to reconcile competing claims of national security, human rights, and the use of force.
Possible Future Worlds: Essays by Carnegie Council's Ethics Fellows for the Future | 08/17/15
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."
Agenda for the Future: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights | 06/11/15
Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein
"Our planet is indivisible. There is no longer such a thing as a small, faraway country. No such thing as an acceptable level of discrimination, against any group." Don't miss this moving speech by UN High Commissioner Al Hussein, which covers all aspects of the universal principles of human rights, including the current refugee crisis.
Rethinking the Prevention Mandate of Peace NGOs: An EastWest Route | 04/07/15
How can peace NGOs be more effective, both at preventing conflict and maintaining peace? Greg Austin of the EastWest Institute looks at the record of the last two decades with special reference to the International Crisis Group and EastWest Institute. He analyzes NGOs' strengths and weaknesses, and proposes a way forward.
Carnegie Council Presents the Ethics Fellows for the Future 2014 Essay Collection | 10/10/14
This new booklet is a collection of the Ethics Fellows for the Futures' essays and project outlines, as well as the winning essay of Carnegie Council's 2014 Trans-Pacific Student Contest. Read the booklet in magazine form or download the PDF.
Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention | 10/06/14
Why do international peace interventions often fail to reach their full potential? Based on 15 years of research in conflict zones around the world, Autesserre shows that everyday behavior, such as the expatriates' social habits and actions caused by lack of local knowledge, strongly influence the effectiveness of many peacekeeping operations.
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.
Ethics Fellows for the Future 2014 Essay Collection | 09/25/14
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.
Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict | 03/05/14
This course examines legal and moral doctrines related to international armed conflict, including the right of states to resort to force and the rules governing the conduct of hostilities.
The Future of Transatlantic Security Cooperation after 2014 | 01/07/14
Brian Hensarling, Marco Overhaus, Adam Jarosz, Matthew Kroenig, Zornitsa Stoyanova-Yerburgh, Thomas A. Walsh
2014 may be a turning point for transatlantic security cooperation. This paper identifies the three most relevant "drivers" in this regard: financial and resource constraints, a turn towards a more inward-looking perspective in EU and NATO capitals, and shifting power relations in the international system. The paper concludes with policy recommendations.
A Letter to Andrew Carnegie on the Eve of the Council's Centennial | 10/28/13
Joel H. Rosenthal
From our vantage point 100 years on, Andrew Carnegie got some things right and others wrong; but the core issue remains the same. "Today's Carnegie Council focuses on the one central question that preoccupied you and your colleagues at our founding: How can we learn to live together peacefully while acknowledging our deepest differences?"
The UN's Unprecedented Gamble in the Democratic Republic of Congo | 10/28/13
Laurie Mincieli: The Forward Intervention Brigade represents an unprecedented use of the Security Council's Chapter VII peacekeeping mandate, and risks undermining peacekeeping's core tenets of impartiality, consent of parties, and restrictions in the use of force.
Ethics on Film: Discussion of "Iron Man 3" | 10/21/13
So what can a blockbuster movie about a superhero tell us about current American attitudes towards U.S. foreign policy, PTSD, racial stereotypes, the War on Terror, and more? Read on and find out.
Arise TV: Review, September 08 | 09/08/13
Senior fellow David Speedie appeared on "Arise Review" to discuss the developing crisis in Syria, as well as efforts to garner support for a limited strike against Bashar al-Assad. "Lobbing a few hundred Tomahawk missiles in a very restricted military exercise," he argues "will potentially ... aggravate the situation rather than resolve everything."
Is the World Becoming More Peaceful? | 10/05/12
Robert D. Kaplan, Steven Pinker
In this vigorous discussion, two leading thinkers in global affairs--Harvard professor Steven Pinker and "Atlantic" correspondent Robert D. Kaplan--take on the subject of world peace, a core interest of Carnegie Council.
Dealing with "Enablers" in Mass Atrocities: A New Human Rights Concept Takes Shape | 06/26/12
George A. Lopez
Because mass atrocities are organized crimes, crippling the means to organize and sustain them--money, communications networks, and other resources--can disrupt their execution, writes George Lopez.
Antonio Franceschet on the International Criminal Court | 06/08/12
Antonio Franceschet, John Tessitore
What is the role of the International Criminal Court today? What are its strengths and limitations? In this informative interview, Professor Antonio Franceschet discusses the evolution of the ICC; its basic structure and function; and its current and future challenges.
The Responsibility to Protect: A New International Norm? | 03/13/12
Herman Schaper, Robin van Puyenbroeck
What is Responsibility to Protect exactly? Dutch Ambassador Herman Schaper gives an expert talk on how it developed, how it is defined, how it was implemented in Libya, and what are the implications for the future.