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Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific | 04/14/14
Robert D. Kaplan
No wonder the South China Sea is important to China, says Robert Kaplan. It's the Mediterranean of Asia, the center of international commerce, including energy shipments. Plus, if the Chinese control it and thus gain access to the Indian Ocean, China will have a two-ocean navy, transforming it in military terms from a regional power into a world power.
The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World | 03/16/14
"By relying so heavily on things like GDP, unemployment, and the suite of statistics that grew up in their wake, we are using a really good 1950s set of tools designed to answer questions of global depression, World War II, and 1950s industrial nation-states that made stuff. We're really good at measuring that world, but we're not living in that world."
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?
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.
Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change | 10/30/13
"America has strayed pretty far from the pioneer spirit captured by Willa Cather and the movie 'Shane,'" says Nobel Prize-winner Edmund Phelps. What happened? Phelps argues that since the 1960s, there has been a resurgence of certain traditional and anti-modern values. This has resulted in "a new corporatism," which stifles innovation.
Ethical Challenges in Trans-Pacific Relations: Selected Essays, 2013 Contest | 09/27/13
Carnegie Council presents the 12 best essays from our 2013 Trans-Pacific Contest, a pioneering exercise in student collaboration. These outstanding pieces touch on issues ranging from the ethical implications of sweatshops, to cybersecurity, to climate change. Read their essays in magazine form or download the PDF.
"Just Business: Multinational Corporations and Human Rights" by John Gerard Ruggie | 09/18/13
This book offers an insider's account of how the "Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights" came into being. Although readers may sometimes strain at its mix of heroic memoir and sober argument, "Just Business" contributes profoundly to the next iteration of an ethical "lex mercatoria."
Global Ethical Dialogues: South America Slideshow June 2013 | 08/12/13
Devin T. Stewart
Slideshow from June 2013 Global Ethical Dialogue in South America with Centennial Chair Michael Ignatieff.
Venezuela: An Ethical Foreign Policy? | 07/10/13
Some observers see Venezuela's foreign policy as promoting international solidarity with the oppressed, combating poverty, and pushing for a just world order free of uni-polar domination. Others argue that it has been incoherent, militaristic, and prejudicial to regional stability. What does the evidence tell us?
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America | 06/17/13
Since the late 1970s, says George Packer, we've been living in a new era. The structures that supported ordinary Americans' ambitions, from government to business to schools, have stopped working on their behalf. Instead, people felt they were on their own. Some have thrived greatly and others have been left behind, with a rising sense of panic.
China's Unilateral Sanctions | 06/13/13
China's opposition to economic sanctions is legendary, yet there has been a subtle but significant shift in its own use of such sanctions. This represents an important trend in Chinese foreign policy--one that U.S. policymakers should take seriously.
Mindsets May Hinder Progress in Myanmar | 06/05/13
Devin T. Stewart
Great excitement surrounds the World Economic Forum meeting in Myanmar this week, an indication of the country's new openness. But while the media has highlighted Myanmar's political, economic, and social challenges, less discussed are the mindsets that underlie them. Stewart's report is based on several years of interviews in Myanmar and the region.
Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles | 04/15/13
Which countries will be the next big thing? Most follow a four-point cycle, says Sharma: "You have economic crisis. They carry out economic reforms. After they carry out economic reforms, some sort of boom takes place. Then complacency sets in, and then you get back to having a crisis." So beware! Economic development is extremely hard to sustain.
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."
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."
Thought Leader: Tomas Sedlacek | 03/08/13
Tomas Sedlacek, Devin T. Stewart, Anna Kiefer
"To use the New Testament sort of logic, who is my neighbor? Today that extends not only to your family or your literal neighbors. We know much more about the situations of poor people in China or India or Africa, and so the scope of ethical responsibility today has grown to some global measures."
Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy: Markets, Speculation and the State | 03/08/13
William H. Janeway
Economic growth is driven by successive processes of trial and error: research and invention and then experiments in exploiting the new economic space opened by innovation. Today, however, with the state frozen as an economic actor and access to public equity markets only open to a minority, the innovation economy is stalled. Warburg Pincus's William Janeway discusses how to get this vital economic sector moving again.
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.
Global Ethics Corner: Does Iceland Offer a Better Path to Economic Recovery? | 02/11/13
When Iceland was hit hard in the 2008 financial crisis, it responded by doing everything Western economic theorists told it not to. It has made an impressive recovery, but financial problems remain. Should other countries follow Iceland's unorthodox model?