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Nancy Birdsall |
Nancy Birdsall is the founding president of the Center for Global Development.
Robert M. Cutler |
Robert M. Cutler is a fellow at the Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa.
Ill Fares the Invisible Hand | 12/10/13
According to census data from 2012, there are 46.5 million Americans currently living in poverty. That is more than one in seven Americans, or roughly 15 percent of the population. Zach Dorfman reviews two extraordinary books on poverty and increasing inequality in the United States.
Thought Leader: Fazle Hasan Abed | 11/11/13
Fazle Hasan Abed, Devin T. Stewart
Fazle Hasan Abed is the founder of BRAC, the world's largest non-governmental development organization, measured by the number of employees and the number of people it has helped. He discusses what he sees as the greatest challenges facing us today: poverty, gender equality, and curbing consumption in order to save the planet.
Ethical Challenges in Trans-Pacific Relations: Selected Essays, 2013 Contest | 09/27/13
Carnegie Council presents the 12 best essays from our 2013 Trans-Pacific Contest, a pioneering exercise in student collaboration. These outstanding pieces touch on issues ranging from the ethical implications of sweatshops, to cybersecurity, to climate change. Read their essays in magazine form or download the PDF.
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.
Some Thoughts on the Ethics of China's Rise | 08/14/13
In this nuanced and knowledgeable piece, Wyne analyses China's changing values and challenges as the country takes a more prominent role on the world stage, from human rights, to humanitarian intervention, to the environmental cost of its breathtaking growth over the last few decades. He concludes with some thoughts on U.S. policy towards China.
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.
Capitalism as Our Greatest Hope | 07/16/13
"What I'm hoping is that we as Americans, and people in other countries, too, can think more clearly about capitalism as the engine of growth that lifts people out of poverty," writes social psychologist Jonathan Haidt in this "Huffington Post" article. This series is co-produced by Carnegie Council as part of our Centennial Thought Leaders Forum.
Globalization Is the Unsung Champion of the Protests Happening Around the World | 07/11/13
Devin T. Stewart
Through the late 80s and 90s, protests everywhere from Berlin to Seattle revealed a common target of public unrest: globalization. Now, however, globalization has become an unsung champion of an empowered, rising global middle class that is more connected and has higher expectations politically. The June protests in Brazil are a good example.
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.
Mindsets May Hinder Progress in Myanmar | 06/05/13
Devin T. Stewart
Great excitement surrounds the World Economic Forum meeting in Myanmar this week, an indication of the country's new openness. But while the media has highlighted Myanmar's political, economic, and social challenges, less discussed are the mindsets that underlie them. Stewart's report is based on several years of interviews in Myanmar and the region.
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?
Thought Leader: Louise Arbour | 05/01/13
Louise Arbour, David C. Speedie, Anna Kiefer
"I think what is morally distinct is our consciousness of the disconnect between our values, our aspirations, our capabilities, and our deliverables. We are still conscious of how much we are falling short of our aspirations."
Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles | 04/15/13
Which countries will be the next big thing? Most follow a four-point cycle, says Sharma: "You have economic crisis. They carry out economic reforms. After they carry out economic reforms, some sort of boom takes place. Then complacency sets in, and then you get back to having a crisis." So beware! Economic development is extremely hard to sustain.
Thought Leader: Mary Robinson | 03/22/13
Mary Robinson, Devin T. Stewart
"What strikes me about the world today is that it's a world of 7 billion people who are more connected than ever before, and yet the divides are huge. We see growing inequality both within countries and between countries. I'm not sure that we can continue like this and be socially cohesive."
Thought Leader: Bineta Diop | 03/21/13
Bineta Diop, Devin T. Stewart, Anna Kiefer
"For me, leadership is also feminine. I always say that the men who have feminine values are part of the criteria for me to look for in leadership. It is that touch, that caring, giving, solidarity. Those are things that for me are very fundamental in leadership."
Is China Taking the Right Cues From History? | 03/21/13
Devin T. Stewart
Signs suggest that China's new president Xi Jinping will be inclined to double down on communist orthodoxy, based on his reading of the history of the USSR and its 1991 collapse. But is the Chinese leadership misreading history?