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Robert L. Bach |
Robert L. Bach was formerly director of the Global Inclusion Division of the Rockefeller Foundation, where he focused on poverty and social exclusion in transnational and global issues.
Larry Diamond |
Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.
Agenda for the Future: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights | 06/11/15
Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein
"Our planet is indivisible. There is no longer such a thing as a small, faraway country. No such thing as an acceptable level of discrimination, against any group." Don't miss this moving speech by UN High Commissioner Al Hussein, which covers all aspects of the universal principles of human rights, including the current refugee crisis.
The UN's Efforts in International Development: Relevant or Not? | 05/19/15
David M. Malone
Which development initiatives really work? Drawing on his personal and professional experience, the UN's David Malone notes that experts' projects often fail and there are many paths to growth--take India and China, for example. The trend now is to move away from grand schemes. What's important are each group's social preferences.
Ebola and Other Viral Outbreaks: Providing Health Care to the Global Poor in Times of Crisis | 02/18/15
Unni Karunakara, Robert L. Klitzman
Why were initial responses to the Ebola outbreak so disastrously inadequate? How can dysfunctional health systems--at all levels--be improved, so that this doesn't happen again? Dr. Klitzman of Columbia University and Dr. Karunakara, former international president of MSF, discuss these issues and more, including why doctors treating Ebola should not be called heroes.
The Afghan Challenge | 01/26/15
Zahir Tanin, Barnett Rubin
With a new president in charge, can Afghanistan find a way out of decades of conflict and oppression? What will be the effect of the U.S. troop drawdown? UN Ambassador Zahir Tanin and Afghan expert Barnett Rubin discuss Afghanistan's future.
Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy | 12/03/14
Former ambassador Hill has worked on some of the most dangerous and difficult problems in U.S. diplomacy, from the Balkans, to North Korea, to Iraq. In this astute and often funny talk, he gives an inside look at his work as a diplomat, and also discusses the latest crises, from ISIS and Syria, to Ukraine and dealing with Russia.
Global Ethics and the Point of View of the Universe | 11/07/14
Sidgwick's concept of looking at issues from "the point of view of the universe"--in other words, giving equal weight to everyone's interests, irrespective of who they are, now or in future--can be the basis for a global ethic, says utilitarian philosopher Peter Singer. He goes on to explain what this means for all of us in practical, concrete terms.
Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention | 10/06/14
Why do international peace interventions often fail to reach their full potential? Based on 15 years of research in conflict zones around the world, Autesserre shows that everyday behavior, such as the expatriates' social habits and actions caused by lack of local knowledge, strongly influence the effectiveness of many peacekeeping operations.
A Conversation with Law Professor and Columnist Rosa Brooks on Obama's Foreign Policy | 06/12/14
Rosa Brooks, James Traub
With an insider's perspective, Rosa Brooks candidly discusses U.S. foreign policy, from Kosovo to Afghanistan, Syria, and Ukraine, along with her views on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Would Clinton have made a better president?
Jeffrey Sachs: Idealist or Extreme Pragmatist? | 12/16/13
Nina Munk's book about economist Jeffrey Sachs portrays his defense of the global poor as an act of faithful idealism. She could not have it more wrong.
Ethics Matter: A Conversation with Online Activist Ricken Patel | 11/22/13
Ricken Patel, James Traub
A brilliant student, Ricken Patel could have had a stellar career in any field he wished. Instead he chose to live among the poor in some of the world's most dangerous places, and ultimately founded Avaaz, a successful activist organization with more than 30 million members. Learn more about Patel and Avaaz in this remarkable interview.
November 22, 1963. "John F. Kennedy Has Been Taken From Us." | 11/21/13
"John F. Kennedy has been taken from us; there is an aching emptiness where there was once a bright presence. We are left now to assess his accomplishments and to meditate on the meaning of his death and the almost universal grief it inspired."
Ethics on Film: Discussion of "Fire in the Blood" | 09/07/13
With the tagline "Medicine, Monopoly, Malice," this powerful documentary tells how Western drug companies fought to keep discounted AIDS medications from reaching HIV-positive citizens of the developing world.
Burma's Reforms and Regional Cooperation in East Asia | 07/24/13
Joshua Kurlantzick, Devin T. Stewart
"Though the 2010 elections that brought a civilian government to power were not free and fair, the new president, Thein Sein, has embarked upon a path-breaking and seemingly genuine reform process," argue Joshua Kurlantzick and Devin Stewart in this report prepared for the Canadian government.
Proven Anti-hunger Strategies: Free Online through September 2013! | 07/17/13
Beyond economic growth and safety nets there exists a wide range of proven anti-hunger strategies. This policy brief highlights four strategies--fundamental building blocks for stronger food security policies that deserve greater attention in the current policy-making context.
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?
Burma’s Reforms and Regional Cooperation in East Asia | 06/13/13
Joshua Kurlantzick, Devin T. Stewart
Thein Sein, his advisors, and his closest allies are committed to the reform process and to improving Burma's image in the world--whether the majority of the military agrees is open to question, argue Asia scholar Joshua Kurlantzick, and Devin Stewart, senior program director at Carnegie Council, in this report on Myanmar.
Global Ethics Corner: Food for Peace? | 05/13/13
Food for Peace, which ships American farm products to developing nations, has long been criticized for crowding out local agriculture. Now, to the dismay of the U.S. farming and shipping industries, President Obama is proposing sending nations cash grants. Is "Cash for Peace" a better idea?
Book Review: "China and Africa: A Century of Engagement" | 03/08/13
Now more than ever, the world is influenced and affected by all things Chinese, especially its relationships with developing countries. And there is much to learn through studying the country's dealings with Africa, which are of great enormity and complexity. This book is, therefore, an important resource for anyone concerned with international relations.