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Chris Brown |
Chris Brown is an independent China energy policy analyst and consultant
Robert M. Cutler |
Robert M. Cutler is a fellow at the Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa.
Ten Billion | 09/15/13
Stephen Emmott's short, bold manifesto asks the world to wake up and recognize that not only are the problems we face increasingly interconnected--including energy, climate, food, and water--but that the connection is us.
Ethics on Film: Discussion of "The Island President" | 07/08/13
As "The Island President" makes clear, it is impossible to overstate the catastrophic effect global warming will have on the Maldives. During the 2009 Copenhagen Summit, an interviewer asked Mohamed Nasheed, the country's president, what Plan B is for the Indian Ocean archipelago. Without missing a beat, Nasheed answered, "None. We will all die."
Global Ethics Corner: Who Should Control Egypt's Water? | 06/24/13
As Ethiopia continues construction on the Grand Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, Egyptian officials are worried about their water supply. Does Ethiopia have the right to affect another state's water? Should Egypt use military options if its supply is diminished?
Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America's House in Order | 06/06/13
Richard N. Haass
We have been guilty of overreaching abroad and underachieving at home, says Richard Haass, and these sins are really two sides of the national security coin. After all, "our capacity to act abroad is obviously directly limited and affected by the capacities we have created here at home, whether the capacities are military or economic or human."
EARTH DAY 2013 | 04/19/13
These multimedia resources include exploring how individuals, governments, and corporations can take on climate change and sustainability; the intersection of ethics and the mining and forestry industries; and the growing sustainability movement in Asia.
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."
The Missing Ethics of Mining | 03/11/13
The "Ethics & International Affairs" article "The Missing Ethics of Mining," by Shefa Siegel was cited in a "Toronto Star" article entitled "Canada must do much more to promote ethical mining."
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.
Arctic Stewardship: Maintaining Regional Resilience in an Era of Global Change [Full Text] | 02/01/13
What sorts of harms arising from changes now occurring in the Arctic are actionable, and who can and should take the actions required to respond to these harms?
Thought Leader: Richard Lugar | 01/14/13
Richard Lugar, David C. Speedie, Anna Kiefer
"I do approach it in a positive way, that we ought to be thinking about nutrition for every human being, keeping people alive so they have a chance to learn and to be productive."
On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines--and Future | 11/30/12
Karen Elliott House, Joanne J. Myers
Drawing on over 30 years of experience of reporting on Saudi Arabia, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Karen Elliott House takes us behind the scenes in this secretive Kingdom--a country ruled by a coterie of princes with an average age of 77, where 60 percent of the population is under the age of 20.
Ethics Matter: Environmentalist Bill McKibben on Climate Change | 10/15/12
Bill McKibben, Marlene Spoerri
It's wrong to say Americans are addicted to fossil fuel. The addicts are oil and gas company executives, who won't give up their profits. Until we put a price on carbon that reflects the damage it does in the atmosphere, we’ll continue to have this catastrophic market failure and moral failure.
Thought Leader: Nobuo Tanaka | 09/05/12
Nobuo Tanaka, Devin T. Stewart
"It is amazing that more than 2 billion people do not have access to electricity. All people equally have a right to have a very healthy and comfortable life. Access to energy, access to electricity, is a very important part of the issue that we have to tackle."
Public Affairs: Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power | 05/09/12
ExxonMobil is rather like France, says Steve Coll. It's mostly aligned with the U.S; it's sometimes opposed, but a lot of the time it's just busy keeping track of its own separate system and really doesn't want to be entangled in U.S. power unless it serves ExxonMobil interests.
Green Asia | 04/26/12
Nobuo Tanaka, Arthur Huang, Devin T. Stewart, Julia Taylor Kennedy
Nobuo Tanaka sees alternative energy sources--including nuclear--as the key to Asia's future and Arthur Huang is the inventor of "POLLI-bricks." This pair of interviews illustrates Asia's commitment to finding sustainable technologies--a commitment perhaps greater than that of the U.S.
EARTH DAY 2012 | 04/20/12
These multimedia resources include exploring what it means to be sustainable; some practical solutions; the role of legislation; and finally, what we can learn from novelists' visions of a climate-changed world.