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Ethics and Debt Project (2003-2006) |
Christian Barry, Barry Herman
This joint project with The New School (and support from the Ford Foundation) aims to generate debate on the ethical questions of sovereign indebtedness; to identify the relevant principles for the ethical assessment of proposed solutions; and to explore policies and institutional arrangements based on such principles. » Programs » Past Programs » Ethics and Debt Project

Us and Them? Bridget Anderson on Migrants and Nation-States | 05/04/16
Bridget Anderson, Stephanie Sy
Underlying people's economic fears about migrants taking their jobs are much deeper anxieties about nationality, culture, and race, says Bridget Anderson, professor of migration and citizenship at Oxford. The nation-state is simply not working for a lot of humanity, and we need to come up with new ways of thinking about political communities. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Geopolitics of the Iran Deal: Winners and Losers | 04/12/16
Karim Sadjadpour
In the short term, one of the biggest winners in the Iran deal is China, and the biggest loser is Saudi Arabia. But 10, 15 years from now, we may see that the deal was a seminal factor in reintegrating Iran into the global political economy and strengthening civil society--making the U.S. and Europe the winners and countries like Russia and Syria the losers. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Industries of the Future | 03/10/16
Alec Ross, Joanne J. Myers
Driverless cars, designer babies, crypto currencies, cyber warfare, pervasive "sousveillance" that erodes our privacy, often with our consent--what are the upsides and downsides of this brave new world? Alec Ross, who is neither a utopian nor a dystopian, expertly guides us through it. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

A Conversation with Sarah Chayes on Corruption and Global Security | 03/04/16
Sarah Chayes, Stephanie Sy
Around the world from Afghanistan to Nigeria, systemic corruption is fueling instability, declares Sarah Chayes in this electrifying conversation. And the United States and other enablers are part of the problem. "If we don't prioritize corruption more—and that means here as well as there—the world is going to become an increasingly dangerous place." » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Beyond a New Cold War? International Security and the Need for U.S.-Russia Cooperation | 02/22/16
Stephen F. Cohen, Jack F. Matlock, John Pepper, William vanden Heuvel
The United States must stop its demonization of President Putin, according to members of this distinguished panel, all with long associations with Russia, and all founding members of the American Committee for East-West Accord. Syria, Ukraine, the UN, nuclear weapons: all compelling reasons why the United States and Russia must work together. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Values and the Ethics of International Order | 01/28/16
Jean-Marc Coicaud
At a time when U.S. primacy is in doubt, when many are concerned that China might become a global political power, when the threat of radical Islam goes hand in hand with anti-Western attitudes, the question of the right repertoire of values, along with the legitimacy and ethics of the international order, could not be more important. » Publications » Articles, Papers, and Reports

Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must be Stopped | 01/15/16
Garry Kasparov, Robert G. Kaiser
Garry Kasparov is an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin's authoritarianism, but he is equally critical of the United States and its allies for their unwillingness to confront Moscow. In this fascinating discussion, he and journalist Robert Kaiser grapple with complex and difficult questions about Russia and the "free world," and what we mean by a moral foreign policy. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence | 01/14/16
Jerry Kaplan, Joanne J. Myers
"Artificial intelligence" is a misnomer, says computer scientist Jerry Kaplan. Machines are not intelligent; their programmers are. What we're seeing is a huge acceleration of automation, which will eliminate all kinds of jobs and create all kinds of unimaginable new ones. This will create a great deal of wealth. But the question is who will get that wealth? » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2016 | 01/07/16
Ian Bremmer, Devin T. Stewart
Eurasia Group's Ian Bremmer discusses the top political risks for 2016 and gives a stark warning for the year ahead. Touching on the Saudi-Iranian tensions, China's footprint, and the eroding trans-Atlantic alliance, Bremmer says, "This is very likely to be the most dangerous year of geopolitical risk we have experienced since we started this process." » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The State of the European Union: Challenges for the Future | 12/09/15
José Manuel Barroso
Yes, says former EU Commission president José Manuel Barroso, the European Union is facing extraordinary challenges. But the EU also possesses extraordinary resilience and resources. Unlike many, Barroso is very optimistic about its future. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers | 11/18/15
Simon Winchester
Master storyteller, researcher, and traveler Simon Winchester takes us on a fascinating voyage through the Pacific, tying it all together with two ethical questions: Should the Americans and the Chinese have a level playing field? And should we respect the ways of the Pacific ancients? » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Jiyoung Song on Asia and the West: "Whose Century?" | 11/05/15
Jiyoung Song, Devin T. Stewart
Is this the end of the American Century, the beginning of an Asian Century, or none of the above? Is there a model for the state in Asia? Is there a common set of values? Is there a set of ethics that will be attractive to the rest of the world? These are just some of the questions that Jiyoung Song addresses in this interview on Asia and the West. » Publications » Articles, Papers, and Reports

Karenna Gore on Faith Communities and the Environment | 10/07/15
Karenna Gore, Stephanie Sy
Karenna Gore, daughter of Al Gore and director of the Center for Earth Ethics, discusses how faith communities (including indigenous peoples) are rallying to combat climate change; what she sees as a shift in consciousness in how we define success; and much more. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Clip of the Month: Martin Wolf on the Full Extent of the Eurozone Crisis | 09/28/15
Martin Wolf
Just how bad was the eurozone crisis? "Financial Times" columnist Martin Wolf, one of the world's most respected and incisive economic commentators, says that it was "unbelievably costly in aggregate" and the crisis-hit countries of Italy, Greece, Spain, and Portugal have suffered "at least a lost decade." He also provides an update on where these countries are now and what vulnerabilities remain. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Is the Eurozone Crisis Over? | 09/24/15
Martin Wolf
Economist Martin Wolf lays out the three enormous problems Europe faces today: relations with Russia; a possible Brexit; and the migration crisis. He goes on to analyze Europe's economic situation, declaring that the 2008 crash resulted in well over a lost decade, and the economic and political repercussions will be felt for many more years to come. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran: Assessment and Prospects | 08/20/15
Gary Sick, David C. Speedie
Professor Gary Sick, Iran expert at Columbia University and lead White House negotiator during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, assesses the merits of the recently negotiated agreement on Iran's nuclear program and the prospects for the upcoming vote in Congress. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Ukraine and the Future of Reforms | 07/20/15
John A. Cloud, Nikolas K. Gvosdev, David C. Speedie
In May 2015, a time of crisis not only for Ukraine but also for the future of the entire EU, Cloud and Gvosdev went to Lithuania, Poland, Germany, and Belgium and had frank discussions on Ukraine with former and current government officials and think-tank representatives, and with EU officials in Brussels. Here are their findings. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Eighteen Months On: Post-Maidan Ukraine | 07/14/15
Nicolai N. Petro, David C. Speedie
Professor Nicolai Petro was a Fulbright scholar in Odessa, southern Ukraine, for a year in the aftermath of the Maidan revolution. In Odessa once again, he offers his impressions of the economic, political, and security situations in Ukraine today. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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