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Taiwan's Student Sunflower Movement: Interview with Two of its Leaders | 04/23/14
Huang Yu-fen, Wei Yang, Madeleine Lynn
In an unprecedented event this Spring, the Sunflower Student Movement occupied Taiwan's Legislative Yuan for over three weeks. The students finally withdrew after the government promised to postpone ratifying the trade agreement with China which originally sparked the protest. Two of its leaders discuss the Movement and Taiwan's future.
The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil | 04/17/14
Christine Bader, Masha S. Feiguinova
How can corporations work to prevent human rights violations on their watch, as well as disasters like the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion? Christine Bader discusses her time at BP, where she was part of the invisible army of people inside corporations who are pushing for safer and more responsible practices.
Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific | 04/14/14
Robert D. Kaplan
No wonder the South China Sea is important to China, says Robert Kaplan. It's the Mediterranean of Asia, the center of international commerce, including energy shipments. Plus, if the Chinese control it and thus gain access to the Indian Ocean, China will have a two-ocean navy, transforming it in military terms from a regional power into a world power.
Driving Competitive Advantage through Values-Based Leadership | 04/03/14
"There can be no choice between doing well financially and behaving responsibly in business," declares Barclays Group Chief Executive Antony Jenkins. "The last half-dozen years make it obvious that you cannot have long-term success without behaving responsibly. This has to be integral to how you operate a company."
Blowing the Whistle | 03/17/14
Jeffrey S. Wigand, Stewart J. Schwab, Daniel Oliverio, Jeremy Adelman, Julia Taylor Kennedy
Has the perception of whistleblowers changed? With high-profile cases like Edward Snowden and increased protections for those who accuse their employers of misconduct, have we moved away from the view that it "takes a rogue to catch a rogue"? Tobacco industry whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand and others discuss blowing the whistle in the U.S.
The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World | 03/16/14
"By relying so heavily on things like GDP, unemployment, and the suite of statistics that grew up in their wake, we are using a really good 1950s set of tools designed to answer questions of global depression, World War II, and 1950s industrial nation-states that made stuff. We're really good at measuring that world, but we're not living in that world."
Redrawing the Map of Global Knowledge: from Access to Participation | 03/13/14
It's tempting to think that more money and machines will solve the problems of knowledge production inequality between the global North and South, writes Laura Czerniewicz. Yet values and practices shaped by the Northern agenda contribute just as much to global imbalances as material disparities do, and this must be confronted head on.
By All Means Necessary: How China's Resource Quest is Changing the World | 02/18/14
Elizabeth Economy, Michael Levi, Joanne J. Myers
As China's urban middle class expands, China's government--and private companies--are traveling the globe in pursuit of fuel, ores, water, and farmland. And the government has all kinds of tools to bring to bear, from public diplomacy and backroom deals, to low-cost financing and low-cost labor. How is this quest changing the world, including China itself?
Norway’s Sovereign Wealth Fund and Global Justice: An Exchange | 02/11/14
Dozens of countries have established Sovereign Wealth Funds. Just how should the money be spent, and how good are national claims to this money in the first place? Four experts respond to Chris Armstrong's "Ethics & International Affairs" article, "Sovereign Wealth Funds and Global Justice."
The Limits of Partnership: U.S.-Russian Relations in the 21st Century | 02/10/14
Sochi, Snowden, and Syria--these are just a few of the issues complicating the U.S.-Russian relationship, says Georgetown's Angela Stent in this dynamic and informed talk. But, because of Russia's strategic location, nuclear arsenal, and presence in the UN, it's a partnership worth working on.
The Second Arab Awakening and the Battle for Pluralism | 01/28/14
Jordanian diplomat and scholar Marwan Muasher surveys the situation across the Arab world. He sees reasons for optimism in the long run, particularly in Tunisia, and makes a passionate call for pluralism, which he says is essential for democracy and prosperity.
The Rise of Extremism in a Disunited Europe | 01/17/14
David C. Speedie, Jennifer Otterson Mollick
A sinister scenario is playing out in Europe: the rise of right-wing populism, and in some cases, extreme far-right forces. Throughout 2013, Carnegie Council's U.S. Global Engagement program tracked these developments and it will be publishing its findings in 2014. This article analyzes the current situation.
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.
Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change | 10/30/13
"America has strayed pretty far from the pioneer spirit captured by Willa Cather and the movie 'Shane,'" says Nobel Prize-winner Edmund Phelps. What happened? Phelps argues that since the 1960s, there has been a resurgence of certain traditional and anti-modern values. This has resulted in "a new corporatism," which stifles innovation.
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.
2020 Olympics: A Fourth Arrow for Abenomics? | 09/10/13
Devin T. Stewart
"The Diplomat" quotes senior fellow Devin Stewart at length when discussing the significance of Japan's successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics. Stewart argues that "[Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe] took a big risk by making the bid personally and his risk will likely pay off in his popularity and political capital."
Remilitarizing Japan | 08/29/13
Devin T. Stewart
Senior fellow Devin Stewart appeared on Huffington Post Live to discuss whether increased militarism in Japan warrants concern for the future. This topic has gotten more attention recently, in light of renowned filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises," which details Japanese military history.
Life, Money, and the Pursuit of Happiness | 08/19/13
Joel H. Rosenthal
"The pursuit of wealth will continue to be the engine of American society. But let's not forget that the pursuit of happiness demands more. The signers of the Declaration of Independence pledged not only their lives and fortunes, but their 'sacred honor.' There are some things that cannot be bought."
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.
Now That Abe Won Control of the Government, the True Test of Abenomics Begins | 07/23/13
Devin T. Stewart
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his ruling Liberal Democrat Party, and his "Abenomics" economic revitalization platform won solid victories in Japan's recent upper house elections. But with skeptics and financial problems lurking, the future remains unclear. Can Abenomics work in the long run? And is nationalism also on Abe's agenda?