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Mark Bowden |
Mark Bowden is a national correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly and a bestselling author of numerous books, including Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War and Killing Pablo.
Mark Danner |
Mark Danner is a staff writer for The New Yorker and contributor to The New York Review of Books.
A Conversation with David Keyes on Advancing Human Rights | 11/14/14
David Keyes, Andrew Nagorski
In the Soviet era, it was difficult to alert the world of what was happening to dissidents, says David Keyes. Today, however, there's an overload of information from YouTube and other sources and the challenge is how to overcome "human rights fatigue." He explains how crowd-sourcing and other means can get the word out.
On the Moral Implications of Torture and Exemplary Assassination | 04/10/14
Paul W. Blackstock
First published in May 1970 during the Vietnam War, this WORLDVIEW magazine article is just as relevant today.
The Struggle for Iraq's Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy | 03/10/14
In this bleak and revealing talk, Iraqi lawyer Zaid al-Ali provides an insider's analysis of Iraq's many failures of governance, from creating a constitution to providing Iraqis with jobs, electricity, and most of all safety.
"War on Terror," an Insider's View: A Conversation with Harold H. Koh | 02/28/14
Harold Hongju Koh, James Traub
As legal adviser to the State Department from 2009 to 2013, Harold Koh was responsible for making judgments about the most difficult issues in the "war on terror": drone strikes, military tribunals, preventive detention. This fascinating and revealing conversation explores Koh's moral convictions and the inner workings of government.
The Constitution Project: Task Force Report on Detainee Treatment | 11/27/13
David Gushee, David R. Irvine
In many instances, U.S. forces used interrogation techniques which constitute torture; the nation's most senior officials bear ultimate responsibility; and there is no evidence that torture produced significant information of value. These are the unanimous conclusions of the task force on detainee treatment, as discussed here by two of its members.
Guantanamo Ethics | 09/06/13
Jeffrey D. McCausland
Senior fellow Jeffrey McCausland is featured in a "PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly" segment that discusses some of the ethical issues surrounding the continued use of the Guantanamo Bay detention center. "The big moral principle that we have to wrestle with," says McCausland, "is this question of 'when is the war over?'"
Sir Adam Roberts on "Democracy, Sovereignty and Terror" | 06/25/13
Roberts discusses his book on Sri Lankan statesman Lakshman Kadirgamar, who fought against the terrorism of the Tamil Tigers and was assassinated by them in 2005. Roberts also answers questions about the legacy of colonialism and about his work and thoughts on civil resistance and nonviolence.
Legal Reflections on the Past, Present, and Future of National Security | 05/31/13
"In the post-9/11 world, the job of being the senior legal authority for the Department of Defense is the perfect storm collision of law, national security, and politics," says Jeh Johnson. He describes 13-14-hour days working on such thorny issues as "Don't Ask Don't Tell," Guantanamo, and weightiest of all, the conflict with al-Qaeda and its affiliates.
Global Ethics Corner: What’s Going on in Guantanamo Bay? | 04/22/13
With over half of the detainees on a hunger strike, tensions are worse than ever at Guantanamo Bay. Is it finally time for the United States to close this detention camp? Or does it still serve a purpose in the country's ongoing wars?
Public Affairs: Everybody Matters: My Life Giving Voice | 03/15/13
In this inspiring talk about her extraordinary life so far, Mary Robinson tells us of her early years and how she became president of Ireland, even though the odds were 100-1; her work as a champion of human rights, especially those of women; and about her current work as president of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice.
Thought Leader: Andrew Nathan | 03/12/13
Andrew J. Nathan, Devin T. Stewart, Anna Kiefer
"Each of us can do a little bit, and we have to pick a piece where we feel an interest and think we have a comparative advantage and try to work on that piece."
Ethics on Film: Discussion of "Zero Dark Thirty" | 03/11/13
A fictional adaptation of the CIA's hunt for Osama bin Laden, this blockbuster has reignited the debate surrounding the CIA's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques."
Ethics on Film: Discussion of "Zero Dark Thirty" | 03/11/13
A fictional adaptation of the CIA's hunt for Osama bin Laden, this blockbuster has reignited the debate surrounding the CIA's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques"--i.e. torture. The movie has also sparked a discussion over the ethical responsibilities of filmmakers.
Talibanistan: Negotiating the Borders Between Terror, Politics, and Religion | 12/12/12
Peter Bergen, Anand Gopal
"Talibanistan" is the nickname for the embattled territory from Kandahar in Afghanistan to Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province and Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Two experts explode some of the myths about Afghanistan and discuss the U.S. presence there, both past and future.
Human Rights Watch: Promoting Ethical Behavior When It's Contested | 11/29/12
It's the job of Human Rights Watch to shine a spotlight on human rights abuses worldwide, including in the U.S., says its executive director Ken Roth. We speak not for the public conscience, but to it, "and if we have hit that conscience accurately, it’s reflected in shame, and governments then have to respond to that."
Public Affairs: America in the 21st Century: A View from Asia | 10/16/12
Kishore Mahbubani, Joanne J. Myers
The good, the bad, and the ugly: distinguished Singaporean Kishore Mahbubani politely but firmly tells Americans how Asians see them, and warns, "the world that is coming is a world outside your comfort zones."
Thought Leader: Luis Moreno-Ocampo | 09/07/12
Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Devin T. Stewart, Anna Kiefer
"The new world, the 21st century is about global communication and global citizenship. I see this particularly in the young people."
Global Ethics Corner: Vigilante Justice: Have Libyans' Demands for Retribution Gone Too Far? | 05/11/12
Libya's civil war is over, but many victims of the Qaddafi regime are still violently meting out justice to their former oppressors. Will this just lead to a vicious cycle of abuse in the North African state? How can Libya balance the victims' needs with the perpetrators' basic human rights?