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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. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Juan Cole on Europe's Muslims and More | 04/16/15
Juan Cole, David C. Speedie
In this enlightening conversation, Professor Cole, an expert in relations between the Muslim world and the West, gives an on-the-ground perspective on the Iran nuclear talks and the reaction to them in the Arab world, Muslims in Europe, Yemen, ISIS, and much more. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Ethical Systems Design: Bringing Behavioral Science Into Corporate Life | 04/13/15
Sarah J. Dahlgren, Jack Ewing, Jonathan Haidt, Mark W. Olson, Ann Tenbrunsel, Julia Taylor Kennedy
This is the first in a series of podcasts in collaboration with EthicalSystems.org to explore behavioral science in the workplace. In this installment, we're turning to the financial industry, specifically Deutsche Bank and the Federal Reserve, to explore how the financial system is beginning to apply behavioral economics to incentivize ethical decision-making and foster internal ethical cultures. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

American Energy Challenges and Global Leadership in the Years Ahead | 04/06/15
Helima Croft, John M. Deutch, David Gordon, Marc Lipschultz, Elizabeth Rosenberg
Thanks to new technologies for extracting oil and natural gas, such as hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), the United States is now the biggest producer of energy in the world. What do plummeting energy prices mean for sellers and consumers around the world--and what will be the likely consequences for climate change? » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The United States, Russia, and Ukraine: Report from Moscow | 03/10/15
Dmitri Trenin, David C. Speedie
Dmitri Trenin, director of Carnegie Endowment's Moscow Center, served in the Soviet and Russian military for two decades and understands both the Russian and U.S. points of view. He warns that U.S.-Russia relations are heading for a new version of the Cold War, and also discusses the Russian economy and its relations with China and other countries. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Tourism, Farmers, & Technology in Africa: Eddie Mandhry from NYU Africa House | 03/04/15
Eddie Mandhry, Alex Woodson
"What's been amazing is that across Africa there is a movement where people are adopting technologies and leapfrogging some of the developmental stages that you'd have to go through," says Eddie Mandhry, a Carnegie New Leader. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Tourism, Farmers, & Technology in Africa: Eddie Mandhry from NYU Africa House | 03/04/15
Eddie Mandhry, Alex Woodson
"What's been amazing is that across Africa there is a movement where people are adopting technologies and leapfrogging some of the developmental stages that you'd have to go through," says Eddie Mandhry, Carnegie New Leader. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics | 03/02/15
I. Glenn Cohen, Robert L. Klitzman
Medical tourism is big business, involving millions of patients who travel abroad to get health care. Some travel to avoid queues and save money. Others seek services that are illegal in their own country, such as abortions and surrogate pregnancies. As Cohen explains, this growing industry opens a Pandora's box of legal and ethical questions. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

A Conversation with Leon Botstein, President of Bard College and Champion of Liberal Arts Education | 02/09/15
Leon Botstein, James Traub
In this wide-ranging and entertaining conversation, Leon Botstein discusses Bard's innovative programs to serve the underserved, which include Bard high schools, prison education programs, and international operations; the marginalization of the humanities; and his refreshing and inclusive approach to classical music. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe | 02/05/15
George Friedman
"Europe has always been a place of conflict and malice and anger and hatred, between classes and between nations. The question now is, can it be contained? I doubt it very much. The period from 1992 to 2008 was an interregnum, and an unnatural one. Europe is returning to itself, and when Europe gets sick, the world gets sick with it." » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Extreme Political Parties in Greece: Economic and Cultural Factors | 01/22/15
Yannis Palaiologos, David C. Speedie
"There has been, in the period of the last 30 years especially, a breakdown of trust, not only between the governed and the government, but also between Greeks, among themselves." Palaiologos, a prominent Greek scholar-journalist, analyzes how Greece went wrong, the rise of extremist parties on both right and left, and what needs to be done. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2015 | 01/15/15
Ian Bremmer
"The world in 2015 looks a lot more dangerous, a lot more vulnerable," says global political risk specialist Ian Bremmer in his annual forecast. He notes that while the United States and China, the world's largest and second-largest economies, are doing better economically, the global environment is geopolitically much worse. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Top 20 Council Resources for 2014 | 12/18/14
Corporations, human rights, warfare, Edward Snowden—these were among the most popular topics our varied audiences accessed this year. Check out the most popular podcasts, web resources, journal articles, and TV programs from 2014. » Publications » Resource Picks

Thomas Piketty’s "Capital" and the Developing World | 12/16/14
Nancy Birdsall
What is the future of the global capitalist system? In returning economics to politics, "Capital" reminds us that the road to global distributive justice requires finding strengthening legitimate and democratic global governance. » Publications » Ethics & International Affairs » Table of Contents and Excerpt from Ethics & International Affairs Volume 28.4 (Winter 2014) » Table of Contents and Excerpt from Ethics & International Affairs Volume 28.4 (Winter 2014)

The Bright Side to Big Data: Good Intentions and Ethical Questions | 10/31/14
James "Chip" R. Coldren, Jr., Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Alex "Sandy" Pentland, Joshua D. Rothman, Bruce Schneier, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Julia Taylor Kennedy
We wrap up our three-part series on data and privacy with a look at some ways big data can improve our communities. Technology and big data are delivering some big payoffs for our culture and society, while also posing some of the greatest risks. How can big data promote social good? How might these efforts potentially introduce big ethical questions? » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Bright Side to Big Data: Good Intentions and Ethical Questions | 10/28/14
James "Chip" R. Coldren, Jr., Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Alex "Sandy" Pentland, Joshua D. Rothman, Bruce Schneier, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Julia Taylor Kennedy
We wrap up our three-part series on data and privacy with a look at some ways big data can improve our communities. Technology and big data are delivering some big payoffs for our culture and society, while also posing some of the greatest risks. How can big data promote social good? How might these efforts potentially introduce big ethical questions? » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

The Shifts and the Shocks: What We've Learned--and Have Still to Learn--From the Financial Crisis | 10/23/14
Martin Wolf
Why did the 2008 financial crisis occur? What should it teach us about modern economies and economics? Martin Wolf does a masterly job of untangling this complex catastrophe and proposes how we can avoid repeating our past mistakes. » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

Brazil at a Crossroads: The 2013 Protests and the Upcoming Presidential Elections | 10/23/14
Valeria Guimarães de Lima e Silva
Who will win the Brazilian election on October 26, and which--if either--of the candidates is more likely to fulfill the demands of the protesters who took to the streets in 2013? How much change can either of them offer, given the entrenched political status quo and the economic problems facing the country? » Publications » Articles, Papers, and Reports

Elite Perceptions of the United States in Europe and Asia | 10/13/14
Xenia Wickett, David C. Speedie
An interesting new report finds that political and business leaders in Asia value U.S. hard power while Europeans focus on American values. Both, however, view U.S. business and entrepreneurial spirit more positively than the government. What do these attitudes mean for policymakers and civil society? » Multimedia » All Audio, Video, Transcripts

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