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James Bohman |
James Bohman is Danforth Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University.
Julian Bourg |
Julian Bourg is visiting assistant professor of history at Bryn Mawr College.
Hilary Charlesworth |
Hilary Charlesworth is professor and director of the Centre for International Governance and Justice in the Regulatory Institutions Network at the Australian National University.
Empire and Democracy (2003-2004) |
Democracy is a near-universal value. But does America have the right to impose it unilaterally? Are there better, multilateral means to promote democracy? This project addresses these questions by holding high-level panels, creating online resources, and conducting original research.
Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy | 10/15/14
What are the requirements for a liberal democracy? It's not just voting, says Fukuyama. It needs a distinction between public and private interest; rule of law; and accountability. Although the U.S. started off as a weak, corrupt state, it became a liberal democracy. Yet all political systems are subject to decay, and that's what's happening to the U.S. today.
Toward Understanding Our World's Moral Landscape: Carnegie Council's Centennial Projects on a "Global Ethic" | 08/04/14
Devin T. Stewart
As part of its Centennial activities, Carnegie Council launched several projects, including the Global Ethical Dialogues and Thought Leaders Forum, to explore the concept of a "global ethic." Senior Fellow Devin Stewart writes on the highlights from these two projects, including what leading thinkers believe to be the greatest ethical challenges.
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?
Sectarian Politics in the Gulf: From the Iraq War to the Arab Uprisings | 06/01/14
Frederic M. Wehrey
It's tempting to see today's Middle East conflicts as the continuation of centuries-old sectarian divisions, but Frederick Wehrey cautions against it. "Sectarianism is really a local institutional governance phenomenon that needs to be addressed through political reform in the Gulf, through ending discrimination, through greater participation in governance."
The Awakening of Muslim Democracy: New Book by Global Ethics Fellow Jocelyne Cesari | 04/24/14
Why and how did Islam become such a political force in so many Muslim-majority countries? Cesari investigates the relationship between modernization, politics, and Islam in Muslim-majority countries such as Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, Tunisia, and Turkey--countries that were founded by secular rulers and have since undergone secularized politics.
Ukraine: A Federalist Future? | 04/23/14
One possibility of lowering tensions in Ukraine on a longer-term basis is the start of discussions on a federal-decentralized government structure that would not divide the country but would foster local and regional autonomy. However, although federalism is not a first step to Ukraine's disintegration, neither is it a "magic solution."
The Struggle for Iraq's Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy | 03/10/14
In this bleak and revealing talk, Iraqi lawyer Zaid al-Ali provides an insider's analysis of Iraq's many failures of governance, from creating a constitution to providing Iraqis with jobs, electricity, and most of all safety.
Rein in Ukraine's Neo-Fascists | 03/06/14
David C. Speedie
For a new government to succeed in Ukraine, it's important that the nation's neo-fascist, anti-Semitic, and anti-Russian parties are marginalized, writes David Speedie.
The Secret of Political Jiu-Jitsu | 03/05/14
Mladen Joksic, Srdja Popovic
"While oppression may appear to be a display of the government's power, skilled activists know that it's actually a sign of weakness."
"War on Terror," an Insider's View: A Conversation with Harold H. Koh | 02/28/14
Harold Hongju Koh, James Traub
As legal adviser to the State Department from 2009 to 2013, Harold Koh was responsible for making judgments about the most difficult issues in the "war on terror": drone strikes, military tribunals, preventive detention. This fascinating and revealing conversation explores Koh's moral convictions and the inner workings of government.
2nd Prize High School Category, "Moral Leadership" Essay Contest, 2013 | 01/31/14
"It may be yet another morning in Fairfax, Virginia, but there is yet another massacre happening in Egypt. In Syria. In Somalia. The world is, now more than ever, desperately in need of moral leadership to stop these atrocities from happening."
1st Prize High School Category, "Moral Leadership" Essay Contest, 2013 | 01/31/14
In a world where journalists are crucial in shining a light on immoral actions by both local and national governments, countries such as Turkey and China are fighting to restrict the media. Despite threats of losing their jobs and being imprisoned, these journalists risk everything in the name of freedom. Truly, these journalists display moral leadership.
The Future of Transatlantic Security Cooperation after 2014 | 01/07/14
Brian Hensarling, Marco Overhaus, Adam Jarosz, Matthew Kroenig, Zornitsa Stoyanova-Yerburgh, Thomas A. Walsh
2014 may be a turning point for transatlantic security cooperation. This paper identifies the three most relevant "drivers" in this regard: financial and resource constraints, a turn towards a more inward-looking perspective in EU and NATO capitals, and shifting power relations in the international system. The paper concludes with policy recommendations.
The Ethics of Preventive War: New Book from Global Ethics Fellow Deen Chatterjee | 09/19/13
In this book edited by Deen Chatterjee, 11 leading theorists debate the normative challenges of preventive war through the lens of important public and political issues of war and peace in the 21st century.
What to Remember in Syria from Iraq’s Sectarian War | 09/11/13
In this piece for "The Washington Post" on U.S. plans to intervene in Syria, Global Ethics Fellow Jocelyne Cesari warns that "like in Iraq, any external intervention will affect the balance of powers between the different groups on the ground and intensify the sectarian war without ending the conflict."
Finding Our National Moral Compass on Syria | 09/06/13
The U.S. received aid from other nations during its own Revolutionary War, and so despite all, "as America debates the pros and cons of U.S. assistance to the people of Syria who are fighting against their own tyrant, we would do well to remember what we owe to the willingness of others to do what was morally right, however inconvenient."