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Kumi Naidoo on Human Rights and the Impact of Climate Change | 09/27/16
Kumi Naidoo, Randall Pinkston
Kumi Naidoo's activism began at 15 years old, when he risked his life to protest against apartheid in his native South Africa. The former Greenpeace executive hasn't stopped since. Learn more about this inspiring man and find out why he considers climate change to be the most important human rights issue of our time.
The Pros, Cons, and Ethical Dilemmas of Artificial Intelligence | 09/26/16
Wendell Wallach, Stephanie Sy
From driverless cars to lethal autonomous weapons, artificial intelligence will soon confront societies with new and complex ethical challenges. What's more, by 2034, 47 percent of U.S. jobs, 69 percent of Chinese jobs, and 75 percent of Indian jobs could all be done by machines. How should societies cope and what role should global governance play?
The Philippines, the South China Sea, and the Many Sides of President Duterte | 09/20/16
Emma Lo, Richard Heydarian
Richard Heydarian, of Manila's De La Salle University, discusses the Philippines' landmark legal victory against China in the South China Sea dispute, and why the Sea is so important. He also examines President Duterte's multiple dimensions, and why he seems to be very popular among Filipinos.
What to Make of Duterte's Philippines | 09/08/16
John Gershman, Devin T. Stewart
John Gershman of NYU discusses with Carnegie Council's Devin Stewart the state of Filipino politics since the election of Rodrigo Duterte and where the country may be headed. Topics covered include the Philippines' anti-drug campaign, extrajudicial killings, climate change vulnerability, and diplomatic relations with China, the U.S., and ASEAN.
Greece, the Greeks, and the Crisis: Reaching Beyond "That's how it Goes" | 09/07/16
Understandably, international attention focuses on the sufferings of migrants arriving in Greece. But what of the Greeks themselves? Though largely invisible to tourists, the country's multiple economic and social problems include a suicide epidemic and an increase in homelessness. What's particularly worrying is that this is now "the new normal."
Ethics on Film: Discussion of "Food, Inc." | 08/30/16
This documentary takes a close look at the U.S. food industry and finds that cheap food is costly and sometimes deadly to the environment, consumers, and workers in farms and factories. Taking aim at the U.S. government and big corporations like Monsanto, this film reveals disturbing truths about our fast food-obsessed society.
The Conscious Investor | 08/29/16
Jason T. Baron, Amit Bouri, Julie Fox Gorte, Julia Taylor Kennedy
In our last episode on conscious capitalism, we consider socially responsible investing and impact investing. We explore the shareholder's influence in promoting socially and environmentally conscious business practices and supporting small business initiatives that strive to achieve social good in developing markets.
The "Living, Breathing Modern Miracle" of ASEAN | 08/23/16
Kishore Mahbubani, Joanne J. Myers
Southeast Asia is the most diverse region on Earth, says Kishore Mahbubani, yet instead of a clash of civilizations, ASEAN is bringing about a fusion of civilizations--something that other regions could learn from. "So Southeast Asia, especially ASEAN, brings a lot of hope to the world. That's why I call it a living, breathing modern miracle."
Foreign Affairs & U.S. History Materials, Curated for High School Teachers by a Teacher | 08/22/16
The new Worksheets & Excerpts section of Carnegie Council's online educational resources includes material useful for comparative government, world history, and U.S. history courses, and is specially designed for high school teachers.
What the Realities in China Mean for U.S. Policy | 08/19/16
Joshua Eisenman, Devin T. Stewart
A frequent visitor to China, Professor Eisenman is an astute observer of the cataclysmic changes taking place there, from the emptying-out of the countryside to the ubiquitous use of the Wechat app. What's his advice for U.S. policy? Americans should try to understand China better, and be far more realistic and modest in their objectives.
Higher Education's Role in Japan's Recovery | 08/04/16
Japan has been investing in major reforms to improve its higher education system and therefore its economy. The goal is to foster a new class of globally-minded, creative, and entrepreneurial citizens who can compete with the rest of the world and help reverse Japan's downward slide. But how much will these reforms really achieve?
Japan's Politics: A Move toward Nationalism or more of the Status Quo? | 07/14/16
Sheila A. Smith, Devin T. Stewart
Was Prime Minister Abe's landslide victory in the July elections a vote of confidence in his ability to jump-start Japan's stagnant economy, or simply a desire for stability? Will he use his majority to revise Japan's constitution? What is the mood of the country today, especially among young people? Find out from Japan scholar Sheila Smith.
The Needs of Refugee Women and Children in the Global Humanitarian Crisis | 06/24/16
Sarah Costa, Joanne J. Myers
In this powerful talk, executive director Sarah Costa explains the work of the Women's Refugee Commission, and discusses the current crisis. The numbers are staggering: one in 122 people across the world have been forced to flee, and the majority are women and children. The average length of displacement is 20 years. What can be done to help?
Move Over, Black Swan: Here Comes the Gray Rhino | 06/22/16
Black swans are unforeseeable, but gray rhinos are the looming threats right in front of our noses that we choose to ignore, says policy analyst Michele Wucker. Her top five rhinos right now are: the fragmentation of the EU; liquidity shocks in the financial markets; political instability in the U.S.; climate change; and the Middle East.
Panama Papers in Perspective: Tracing Illicit Capital Flows | 06/15/16
In this Institute of Current World Affairs speech on May 20, with the sensational revelations from the "Panama Papers" still emerging, Krishen Mehta, a longtime friend and supporter of Carnegie Council, explained how $30 trillion in illicit capital flows to secret jurisdictions keep poor countries mired in poverty and increase global insecurity for everyone.
Ukraine Update | 06/08/16
Nicolai N. Petro, David C. Speedie
David Speedie discusses with Dr. Nicolai Petro the situation in Ukraine--political, economic, and the growing civil conflict between East and West--two years into the Poroshenko presidency.
Return to Cold War | 05/26/16
Robert H. Legvold, David C. Speedie
Columbia's Robert Legvold argues that the United States and Russia are, indeed, in a new Cold War with plenty of blame for both sides. And despite its economic and military decline, he says that Russia is still the most important nation when it comes to U.S. foreign policy. Can the two states find a way forward?
Eurasianism and the European Far Right: Book Launch and Update on Events in Europe | 04/19/16
Péter Krekó, Marlene Laruelle, Daniel Stein
"Eurasianism and the European Far Right" is the culmination of an intensive two-year project spearheaded by the Council's U.S. Global Engagement Program. This expert panel from France, Hungary, and the United States examines the complex spectrum of the European far right and its connections with Russia and with the U.S.
The Geopolitics of the Iran Deal: Winners and Losers | 04/12/16
In the short term, one of the biggest winners in the Iran deal is China, and the biggest loser is Saudi Arabia. But 10, 15 years from now, we may see that the deal was a seminal factor in reintegrating Iran into the global political economy and strengthening civil society--making the U.S. and Europe the winners and countries like Russia and Syria the losers.
"Ethics & International Affairs" Celebrates its 30th Anniversary | 03/15/16
As "Ethics & International Affairs" journal celebrates its 30th anniversary, it is more committed than ever to encouraging reflection, advancing scholarship, fostering respectful debate, and offering deep analysis of the values and ideals that animate global affairs.