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Human Trafficking Around the World: Hidden in Plain Sight | 05/16/13
Victims of trafficking are both young and old, male and female. They can be found working in factories, fields, brothels, private homes, and innumerable other settings. They may be hidden behind walls or seen in plain view. How can trafficking be stopped?
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?
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.
Investing in an Independent Scotland | 04/10/13
In an eloquent speech, First Minister Salmond, leader of the government in Scotland, makes the case for an independent Scotland. In addition to compelling economic reasons, he argues that clearly, "the best people to take decisions about Scotland are the people who choose to live and work in Scotland."
Ethics Matter: Zainab Salbi on Women, War, and Self-Empowerment | 04/09/13
Zainab Salbi, Marlene Spoerri
In this fascinating conversation, Zainab Salbi discusses her personal journey from growing up in Saddam Hussein's Iraq to becoming a global champion of women's rights. She also focuses on the realities of women's lives across the Middle East and proposes constructive ways to change negatives to positives.
Global Ethics Corner: When Banks Fail, Who Should Pay? | 04/08/13
Cyprus is the latest European state to need a bailout from the Troika of the EU, the IMF, and the ECB. But this time, individual depositors are being asked to pick up part of the tab. Should taxpayers have to bear the burden if banks fail?
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?
Thought Leader: Nancy Birdsall | 03/15/13
Nancy Birdsall, Devin T. Stewart
"I believe that improving other people's lives everywhere is not only, or even mostly, about ensuring they have services, but ensuring that they are participating in a system that is accountable to them and where they have voice about decisions that affect them. Leadership is about working with people to maximize those choices."
Global Ethics Corner: What Will Be Hugo Chávez’s Legacy? | 03/11/13
The world's eyes are on Venezuela as Hugo Chavez's death leaves many questions. Will he be remembered as a champion of the poor or will his legacy be stained by Venezuela's high crime rates? Was he a repressive tyrant or a victim of American propaganda?
Thought Leader: Tomas Sedlacek | 03/08/13
Tomas Sedlacek, Devin T. Stewart, Anna Kiefer
"To use the New Testament sort of logic, who is my neighbor? Today that extends not only to your family or your literal neighbors. We know much more about the situations of poor people in China or India or Africa, and so the scope of ethical responsibility today has grown to some global measures."
Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy: Markets, Speculation and the State | 03/08/13
William H. Janeway
Economic growth is driven by successive processes of trial and error: research and invention and then experiments in exploiting the new economic space opened by innovation. Today, however, with the state frozen as an economic actor and access to public equity markets only open to a minority, the innovation economy is stalled. Warburg Pincus's William Janeway discusses how to get this vital economic sector moving again.
Thought Leader: Alan S. Blinder | 02/28/13
Alan S. Blinder, Devin T. Stewart, Anna Kiefer
"We still view ourselves as the land of opportunity, which, in a sense we are. But the opportunities are not trickling down to the bottom the way they used to."
"Economics Has Replaced Ethics" by Laura J. Rediehs | 02/21/13
"The biggest ethical challenge facing us today is that we have let economics replace ethics as a guide to life, and in doing so, we have devalued people and the associated virtues of respect, cooperation, empathy, and compassion. This problem underlies and complicates the more specific ethical challenges we face."
The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World | 02/12/13
As more people become prosperous and interstate conflicts diminish, there is a convergence between East and West, says Kishore Mahbubani. Now we have to change our mindset accordingly and act as one united world on issues such as climate change. One important step is to reform the UN.
Global Ethics Corner: Does Iceland Offer a Better Path to Economic Recovery? | 02/11/13
When Iceland was hit hard in the 2008 financial crisis, it responded by doing everything Western economic theorists told it not to. It has made an impressive recovery, but financial problems remain. Should other countries follow Iceland's unorthodox model?
Public Affairs: After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead | 02/04/13
Alan S. Blinder
Alan S. Blinder, Princeton professor, "Wall Street Journal" columnist, and former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, explains how the worst economic crisis in postwar American history happened, what the government did to fight it, and what we can do from here.
Public Affairs: The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate | 01/31/13
Robert D. Kaplan
With a breadth and depth of knowledge spanning not only current geopolitics but centuries of history, Robert Kaplan shows us the crucial importance of geography in shaping our destinies. Geography still matters, and always will.
Going to Tehran: Prospects for U.S.-Iranian Engagement | 01/30/13
Flynt Leverett, Hillary Mann Leverett
Americans' view of Iran as an illegitimate system in imminent danger of overthrow is wrongheaded, wishful thinking, say the Leveretts. The U.S. needs to come to terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran, not as a favor to Iran, but to save its own position in the Middle East and avert another war. Nixon went to China. Obama needs to go to Iran.
Ethics Matter: Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2013 with Ian Bremmer | 01/18/13
Ian Bremmer, Devin T. Stewart
"There are three big things happening right now in the world: China rising, Middle East exploding, Europe muddling through. Those are the things that truly matter, in the sense that they have potentially very different kinds of trajectories and outcomes depending on where they go."
Thought Leader: Jonathan Haidt | 01/14/13
"My general view is that left and right are like yin and yang. I think it's great to have one side that's calling attention to global issues and one side that's wary of the solutions."