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Ethics in a Violent World (2005-2006) |
Focusing on the institutions regulating war and peace, this initiative engages scholars, policymakers, and concerned citizens through major public lectures, policy briefings, and journal articles.
A "Chaotic" White House, and the U.S. Role in Asia and the World | 02/23/17
Eliot A. Cohen, Devin T. Stewart
In this outspoken and thoughtful interview, former State Department adviser Eliot Cohen expresses his dismay at the "chaotic and very badly run administration" and discusses the threats from China and North Korea, the role of the U.S. in the world, and the different approaches to military strategy taken by the West (Clausewitz) and China (Sun Tzu).
The Secret War in Laos and the Role of the CIA | 02/10/17
Joshua Kurlantzick, Devin T. Stewart
Josh Kurlantzick, author of a new book on the U.S. secret war in Laos from 1961-73, notes that the war was responsible for greatly increasing the power of the CIA. "Today the CIA, together with Special Forces, has become the tip of the spear in the U.S. war on terror," he continues, and it's very unlikely that it will be "de-fanged" under the new administration.
Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2017 | 01/10/17
Ian Bremmer, Devin T. Stewart
The world is entering a geopolitical recession, i.e. an unwinding of the old global order, says political scientist Ian Bremmer, in his grimmest forecast ever. Topics include the potential challenges from a Trump administration, President Obama's legacy of a more fractured world, human rights in the Middle East, and the fate of liberalism.
Process or End Goal: When to Begin Genocide Prevention | 01/05/17
"This discussion ultimately will help the public to understand that preventative actions need to take place if violence is to be thwarted. We can't wait until we are in the midst of a war to resolve conflict."
"On War and Democracy" by Christopher Kutz [Full text] | 12/15/16
There is a fundamental ethical dilemma confronting all democratic states: if they intervene in violence-ridden contexts, then they are readily accused of double standards. "On War and Democracy" avoids this ethical and political dilemma by beating what could be called a double retreat
Foreign Fighters, Homegrown Terrorism, and the Prevention of Violent Extremism | 12/12/16
Seamus Hughes, Ali Soufan, Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou
What are the driving forces behind the increase in homegrown terrorism and what can be done to stop it? Ali Soufan and Seamus Hughes, veterans in preventing violent extremism, explain the complexities and challenges of this global threat.
Perceptions of Muslims and Islam in the U.S. in Light of Trump's Victory | 11/14/16
Juan Cole, Shibley Telhami
What will Trump's victory mean for American Muslims? How have attitudes towards them changed over the years? (The answer may surprise you.) How does this moment compare to the "Red Scare" of WWI and after? And how can U.S. Muslims counter any hate that may arise? Don't miss this enlightening discussion.
Honoring Those who Served:
Veterans Day 2016 | 11/10/16
For this Veterans Day, we present a collection of resources recognizing the tireless and often thankless work of the U.S. military. There are legitimate arguments about ethics and policies when it comes to war, but nobody can deny the commitment and patriotism of the men and women who serve and the debt that is owed to them when their service is over.
Powerplay: The Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia | 10/25/16
Victor D. Cha
Why is there no NATO for Asia? After World War II, why did the United States opt for bilateral relationships with countries like Japan and South Korea? As Georgetown's Victor Cha explains, this was a "powerplay" by the Americans to contend with a "dangerous" and complex East Asia. Does this arrangement still make sense today?
China, Japan, and America: Three Tigers on One Mountain? | 10/21/16
Richard McGregor, Devin T. Stewart
"I don't think you can write about China and Japan without writing also about the United States," says journalist Richard McGregor. How has this complicated and high-stakes relationship evolved under Xi, Abe, and Obama? Is there room on the mountain for three tigers?
Peacemakers in Action: An In-depth Discussion of Religious Peacebuilding | 10/18/16
Joyce S. Dubensky, Bill Lowrey
Don't miss this remarkable conversation with Joyce Dubensky, CEO of Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, and one of Tanenbaum's peacemakers, Rev. Bill Lowrey, who spent a decade in South Sudan. They explain the work of Tanenbaum's international network of peacemakers--the people on the ground who never quit.
Karen Greenberg on Terrorism and "Rogue Justice" | 10/06/16
Karen J. Greenberg, Stephanie Sy
What attracts young people to terrorism? Targeted killings, indefinite detention, mass surveillance--have Americans allowed too much power to be vested in the presidency? How are different governments grappling with the tension between civil rights and security? Security expert Karen Greenberg discusses these difficult questions.
Major Security Challenges for the Next President | 10/06/16
Jeffrey D. McCausland, David C. Speedie
Afghanistan, terrorism, U.S.-Russia relations: Col. McCausland gives an expert analysis of all these security challenges and more. Yet he concludes on a hopeful note: "We need to remember that we are a great country. There are a lot of reasons to be optimistic. We endured in the past and by golly, we're going to endure in the future."
How to Achieve Military Victory and Maintain National and Personal Ethics | 10/05/16
Michael Walzer, Moshe Yaalon
Moshe Yaalon: "Military excellence has handed us an advantage on the battlefield, but this edge can only be maintained if we preserve our ethical superiority. And as the war on terror develops and intensifies, so must our determination to deliver an unequivocal moral response to the challenges it brings."
"Ethics & International Affairs" Explores the Ethics of Autonomous Weapon Systems (aka Killer Robots) | 10/03/16
Technological advances in recent years have spurred increasing debate surrounding Autonomous Weapon Systems, including whether and how these weapons should be used, and how they may be properly governed. "Ethics & International Affairs" is committed to furthering this debate and presents a collection of recent work on the topic.
The Will to Lead: America's Indispensable Role in the Global Fight for Freedom | 09/29/16
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Joanne J. Myers
"The world is on fire," says Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former secretary general of NATO and former prime minister of Denmark. He goes on to make a strong case for the U.S. to be world policeman to restore international law and order: "I don't see any capable, reliable, and desirable candidate for that function other than the United States."
Jayson Browder on a New Generation of Veteran Leaders | 09/27/16
Jayson Browder, Alex Woodson
U.S. Air Force veteran Jayson Browder discusses his work at Veterans in Global Leadership, which helps veterans become tomorrow's leaders. He also talks about the dishearteningly low percentages of veterans at elite schools and on Capitol Hill, and No One Left Behind, which lobbies for U.S. visas for Iraqi and Afghani interpreters.
The Pros, Cons, and Ethical Dilemmas of Artificial Intelligence | 09/26/16
Wendell Wallach, Stephanie Sy
From driverless cars to lethal autonomous weapons, artificial intelligence will soon confront societies with new and complex ethical challenges. What's more, by 2034, 47 percent of U.S. jobs, 69 percent of Chinese jobs, and 75 percent of Indian jobs could all be done by machines. How should societies cope and what role should global governance play?
Measuring Positive and Negative Peace with the Global Peace Index | 09/21/16
If you're running a business you need metrics to succeed, and it's the same with peace, says Steve Killelea, founder of the Global Peace Index. The Index provides empirical ways to measure both "negative peace"--the absence of violence and fear of violence--and "positive peace"-- attitudes, institutions, and structures which create and sustain peace.