Global Ethics Corner (Weekly 2-Minute Videos, 2008-2013)

51% Show #1251 | 07/05/13 WAMC Northeast Public Radio's "51%." show included a 2011 Global Ethics Corner on democracy in Turkey to contextualize a discussion about recent developments there. Does Turkey offer hope to those states making a democratic transformation in the Arab world? Should we be concerned about recent protests and the violence that ensued?

Global Ethics Corner: Who Should Control Egypt's Water? | 06/24/13 As Ethiopia continues construction on the Grand Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, Egyptian officials are worried about their water supply. Does Ethiopia have the right to affect another state's water? Should Egypt use military options if its supply is diminished?

Global Ethics Corner: Weighing Privacy Against National Security | 06/17/13 The recent revelations that the NSA is collecting cell phone and Internet data from millions of Americans has left many asking questions. Is this action necessary for America's national security? Should concerns about consumers' rights to privacy be considered?

Global Ethics Corner: Are Secret Recordings Ethical? | 06/10/13 Secret recordings have been a headache for some high-profile politicians. Many question the morality of the practice, especially when the media gets involved. Do public officials have a right to privacy? Is the value of these recordings too important to ignore?

Global Ethics Corner: The Private Sector and Cyber Security | 06/03/13 With U.S. companies losing billions of dollars to intellectual property theft, mostly to China, some are suggesting that corporations fight back. Can the government do more? Is "threat based deterrence" from the private sector the answer?

Global Ethics Corner: Why Does the EU Care About Olive Oil? | 05/28/13 A proposed EU ban on the use of dipping bowls and refillable glass bottles of olive oil in restaurants has people asking questions. Is this more useless meddling from the EU bureaucracy? Could the ban help struggling olive oil-producing states? Is there more to this story?

Global Ethics Corner: Who Does Everest Belong To? A fight on Mt. Everest between Nepalese Sherpas and European climbers has again raised questions about tourism and the world's tallest mountain. Should the Sherpas, who live and work on the mountain, control access to the peak? Should the tourists have any say?

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?

Global Ethics Corner: Should Childhood Vaccinations Be Mandatory? | 05/06/13 Childhood vaccination programs have been met with skepticism and hostility in the U.S. Some oppose them on religious grounds, while others worry about preservatives. Do governments have a right to make sure children are immunized against contagious diseases?

Global Ethics Corner: Was the Boston Lockdown Justified? | 04/29/13 As authorities searched for one of the Boston Marathon bombers, the city of Boston and its suburbs were put on lockdown. Was this action justified? Does this set a dangerous precedent or should we trust the government to exercise emergency powers judiciously?

Global Ethics Corner: What’s Going on in Guantanamo Bay? | 04/22/13 With over half of the detainees on a hunger strike, tensions are worse than ever at Guantanamo Bay. Is it finally time for the United States to close this detention camp? Or does it still serve a purpose in the country's ongoing wars?

Global Ethics Corner: Kenyan Election Controversy | 04/15/13 After a controversial election, Kenya has inaugurated Uhuru Kenyatta, who has been indicted by the ICC for crimes against humanity, as its new president. Should Kenya, a hub for the aid community and an important Western ally, face repercussions?

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?

Global Ethics Corner: Are We Good Because of God? | 04/01/13 A new book claiming that bonobos can feel empathy suggests that morality may be biological. If this is the case, what purpose does religion serve? Is it still a useful tool for moral guidance or can we get all our answers from science?

Global Ethics Corner: Who Benefits Most From Wearable Computers? Apple and Google will, reportedly, both soon be selling computers that you can wear. But will the trove of details that these devices will be able to collect be an invasion of privacy? Do advertisers stand to gain more from this technology than consumers?

Global Ethics Corner: Will China Finally Turn on North Korea? | 03/18/13 A recent nuclear test and renewed threats from North Korea has led to new sanctions from the UN Security Council. Does this mean that China's patience with North Korea has finally run out? Or will humanitarian and geopolitical concerns keep the two allied?

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?

Global Ethics Corner: Is it Time to Arm the Syrian Rebels? | 03/04/13 With the Syrian civil war about to turn two years old and the death toll approaching 70,000, some are saying it is time for the U.S. or the UN to intervene. Could arming the anti-Assad rebels bring an end to the war? Or would it bring greater instability to the region?

Global Ethics Corner: Is Multilateralism Dead? | 02/25/13 For years, large global organizations, like the G-20 or the UN, have failed to cooperate on major international challenges, like climate change. Is "mini-lateralism," in which a few major world powers work together to tackle these problems, a viable and ethical alternative?

Global Ethics Corner: Is al-Qaeda Making a Comeback? | 02/19/13 President Obama called al-Qaeda a "shadow of its former self," but the organization is making inroads in Mali and Algeria and some say it is as dangerous as ever. How much of a threat is al-Qaeda? Has the terrorist group made a comeback?

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 problems remain. Should other countries follow Iceland's unorthodox model?

Global Ethics Corner: Is the Arab Spring Over? | 02/04/13 The hope that existed at the beginning Arab Spring has been marred by violence and conflict in Syria, Libya, Egypt, and elsewhere. Have we entered the Arab Winter? If so, how long will this phase last?

Global Ethics Corner: Will the European Endowment for Democracy Really Work? | 01/28/13 The European Union has faced criticism in recent years for not doing enough to promote democratic values abroad. With the formation of the European Endowment for Democracy, this could be changing. Will this initiative really work?

Global Ethics Corner: Should Scholarly Research Be Free For All? | 01/22/13 Facing prosecution for illegally downloading millions of academic articles, Internet activist Aaron Swartz recently committed suicide. Should Swartz have been facing jail time? Should scholarly research be available for free?

Global Ethics Corner: Sexual Violence in India: From Punishment to Deterrence | 01/14/13 A brutal gang rape on a New Delhi bus has sparked global outrage and national soul-searching in India. Many are calling for the death penalty for the rapists, but is this the answer? What can India do to prevent rape in the short and long term?

Global Ethics Corner: Not Enough Fish in the Sea? | 01/07/13 Marine fish stocks are dangerously low, but this hasn't stopped China from sending its fishing fleets to distant waters, sometimes illegally. Could China's insatiable appetite for seafood be a threat to the world's fisheries? Is there more we should be worried about?

Global Ethics Corner: Are Women Second Class Citizens in the U.S. Military? | 12/21/12 Despite making valuable contributions to the U.S. military since the Civil War, women are still technically excluded from direct ground combat roles. Is this policy outdated? Would troop morale and performance suffer if changes were made immediately?

Global Ethics Corner: Justice For Some, But Not For All? | 12/17/12 Recent acquittals of Croat and Kosovo-Albanian officials in the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia have left some doubting the UN court's impartiality. What implications could this have when it comes to fostering reconciliation in the Balkans?

Global Ethics Corner: Which Separatist Movements Will Succeed? | 12/10/12 From Spain to Scotland to even the United States, separatist movements are making headlines. Do any of these have a chance to succeed? Or all they just for show?

Global Ethics Corner: FARC Comes to the Table | 12/03/12 After decades of violence, rebel group FARC is negotiating with the Colombian government. The group has unsuccessfully petitioned the American government, though, to release a FARC leader, incarcerated in the U.S., to take part in the talks. Should the U.S. release the prisoner in a gesture of good faith?

Global Ethics Corner: Is It Too Soon to Normalize Relations with Burma? | 11/26/12 As Burma begins to reform its government, the U.S. has been quick to begin normalizing relations with the Asian state. Are geostrategic considerations overshadowing lingering questions about human rights as U.S. foreign policy pivots toward Asia?

Global Ethics Corner: Should Adultery be Illegal for Military Personnel? | 11/19/12 Although he was allegedly retired from the military when the affair took place, the scandal surrounding David Petraeus highlights the different ethical standard that members of the armed services are held to. Should adultery be deemed illegal for military personnel?

Global Ethics Corner: How Should the Media Cover Natural Disasters? | 11/12/12 As Superstorm Sandy made clear, natural disasters can wreak havoc on rich and poor countries, alike. However, the Western media's coverage often tilts away from the developing world. Is this a problem? What can individuals do to change this?

Global Ethics Corner: Should U.S. Elections be Reformed? | 11/05/12 (This was originally posted on April 23, 2010.) Is it time to reform the U.S. electoral structure? Should more views be represented? Do narrow interests have too much power?

Global Ethics Corner: Should the UN Condemn the Death Penalty? | 10/31/12 Is the UN right to condemn the death penalty--even if it abides by international law? Or should it stay within the confines of existing human rights legislation, and leave the advocacy of legislative changes to others? What do you think?

Global Ethics Corner: Anti-Gay Legislation: What Can Be Done? | 10/22/12 Anti-gay legislation is garnering support in Ukraine and many other countries are backtracking on equal rights for homosexuals. Is there anything international institutions can do to stop sovereign nations from passing anti-gay laws? Is condemnation enough?

Global Ethics Corner: The Future of Stem Cell Research: Has Science Gone Too Far? | 10/15/12 Now that scientists are able to create fertile mammal eggs using stem cells, many people are asking some tough ethical questions. Has science gone too far this time? How can we manage the benefits of stem cell research, against the potential moral pitfalls?

Global Ethics Corner: Is the Special Status of Diplomatic Missions a Thing of the Past? | 10/09/12 Under rules codified at the 1961 Vienna Convention, diplomatic missions are generally considered inviolable. But with the murder of Libya Ambassador Chris Stevens in mind, is this special status changing? How can the Vienna Convention be upheld?

Global Ethics Corner: Is Local Food More Ethical? | 10/01/12 With real economic benefits and perceived environmental ones, local food has been branded as an ethical alternative to the mass-produced variety. But critics point out that locavores may be forgetting crucial points about climate change and global poverty. Is local food really more moral?

Global Ethics Corner: Can Trust Be Restored? | 09/24/12 With a U.S.-made anti-Islam film angering many in the Muslim world, some are wondering if there is an unbridgeable divide between the two cultures. Is Islam compatible with free speech and democracy? Can trust between the U.S. and Muslim communities be restored?

Global Ethics Corner: Can We Know Too Much About Osama bin Laden's Death? | 09/14/12 With the publishing of "No Easy Day," a tell-all from a retired Navy SEAL about the raid that killed bin Laden, questions are being asked about how much the public needs to know. Should free speech be limited when it comes to national security matters?

Global Ethics Corner: South Africa: The Impossible Dream? | 09/07/12 It's been about 20 years since South Africa emerged from apartheid, but a recent series of violent confrontations between police and striking mine workers have exposed the bitter divisions of the "rainbow nation." Can South Africa remain a peaceful and prosperous example for Africa?

Global Ethics Corner: Are Grand Bargains Overrated? | 08/31/12 With the crisis in Syria escalating, many analysts think a lasting resolution will be found in an internationally negotiated comprehensive settlement. Is a grand bargain possible in Syria? Is this idea overrated, in any case?

Global Ethics Corner: Are Party Conventions Necessary? | 08/24/12 Do the presidential nominating conventions still serve a purpose in American politics? Do these events need to be reformed or scaled down? Or should they be scrapped altogether?

Declining Fish Stocks | 08/17/12 Three-quarters of the world's fish stocks are in distress and many fisheries could collapse by midcentury. Should we ban industrial fishing or regulate it for sustainable output? Can farmed fish make up the difference? Furthermore, who will police the oceans? What do you think?

Global Ethics Corner: Is Censorship Ever Justified? | 08/10/12 From jailing bloggers in Ethiopia to legislating religion-neutral clothing in France, censorship takes many forms. Is censorship ever warranted, even if it's used to promote tolerance? Or should the American model, in which the First Amendment reigns, be the world's standard?

Global Ethics Corner: Are the Olympics Worth It? | 08/03/12 The London Olympics are unfolding as Britain endures a severe recession. With a $17 billion price tag, are the Olympics worth it for a nation going through financial difficulties? Or does the glory of the games and the temporary economic boost make them a wise investment?

Global Ethics Corner: Do Stricter Gun Controls Reduce Gun-Related Violence? | 07/27/12 The gun control debate in the United States has been revived in the wake of the Aurora massacre. With thousands of firearm-related homicides each year in the U.S., should it be harder to buy a gun? Or is gun ownership a core liberty that defines the American way of life?

Global Ethics Corner: Prosecuting Pirates: Enforcing the Rule of Law at Sea | 07/20/12 With Somali piracy surging over the last four years, the UN is calling for travel and financial sanctions on senior pirate leaders. Is this an effective way to punish the ringleaders or could it make piracy more violent? Should the focus, instead, be on the underlying problems in Somalia?

Global Ethics Corner: Should America Stop Selling Weapons to Human Rights Violators? | 07/13/12 A recent report showed that the American arms industry made billions last year selling to states with questionable human rights records. Should a global treaty be enacted mandating greater transparency on international arms sales? Should Americans stop selling to these countries altogether?

Global Ethics Corner: How Should Domestic Drones Be Regulated? | 07/06/12 Americans are used to hearing about drones being used in Pakistan and Yemen, but they are increasingly being deployed domestically. With organizations from NASA to community colleges flying unmanned aerial vehicles in the U.S., what is the best way to regulate this technology?

Global Ethics Corner: Patriotism: Unquestioned Commitment or Dangerous Justification? | 06/29/12 Can you acknowledge dissenters as patriots? Can you dissent and still sing the national anthem wholeheartedly? Can you live in a middle ground?

Global Ethics Corner: The ICC Turns 10: Is International Justice Both Just and Effective? | 06/22/12 The International Criminal Court turns 10 in July after a tumultuous first decade. With only a handful of rulings handed down, critics say the ICC is not efficient and beholden to Western ideals. Is it possible for international justice to be fair and effective?

Global Ethics Corner: The Ethics of Cyber Warfare | 06/15/12 An influential Russian engineer recently called for an international ban on cyber weapons, saying that they could have unforeseen consequences, but many American analysts disagree. Are these weapons dangerous or are they a cheaper and more ethical alternative to traditional warfare?

Global Ethics Corner: The Ethics of "Citizens United": Does Corporate Cash Threaten Democracy? | 06/08/12 Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker recently won his recall election and many are saying this is due, in part, to the "Citizens United" decision, which gave corporations and unions free reign to spend on elections. Does the influx of corporate cash make elections less fair or more free?

Global Ethics Corner: Is a "Kill List" of Terrorists Ethical? | 06/01/12 After a recent "New York Times" story on Obama's "kill list" of terrorists, many are questioning the president's counterterrorism strategy. Is it ethical for President Obama to be selecting targets? Should the United States be doing more to keep civilians from becoming collateral damage?

Global Ethics Corner: What Does Chen Guangcheng's Arrival in the U.S. Mean for Human Rights in China? | 05/25/12 With Chen Guangcheng now in the United States on a student visa, a diplomatic nightmare has been averted for the Obama administration. But this compromise has left some human rights advocates disappointed. What effect, if any, will Chen's arrival have on human rights in China?

Global Ethics Corner: Should Universities be Giving so Many Ph.D.'s? | 05/18/12 A Ph.D. used to be a ticket to a comfortable career in academia. But, in recent years, increasing numbers of Ph.D.'s have had trouble finding jobs or are earning less than minimum wage with no benefits. Are universities responsible for matching supply and demand in the Ph.D. job market?

Global Ethics Corner: Vigilante Justice: Have Libyans' Demands for Retribution Gone Too Far? | 05/11/12 Libya's civil war is over, but many victims of the Qaddafi regime are still violently meting out justice to their former oppressors. Will this just lead to a vicious cycle of abuse in the North African state? How can Libya balance the victims' needs with the perpetrators' basic human rights?

Global Ethics Corner: When Are Drones Strikes Ethical? | 05/04/12 President Obama's top counterterrorism adviser recently defended drone strikes, saying they are legal, wise, and moral. But, citing international law, many critics question this approach, especially in a non-combat zone like Pakistan. Is it ethically problematic to rely on drone strikes?

Global Ethics Corner: A Warrior Ethic: Can Military Ethics be Taught? | 04/27/12 After the recent highly publicized stories of American military members desecrating the remains of Taliban soldiers, many in the U.S. armed forces are learning about the ethics of war through workshops. Will these lessons work? Can warfare morality be learned in a classroom?

Global Ethics Corner: A Warrior Ethic: Can Military Ethics be Taught? | 04/27/12 After the recent highly publicized stories of American military members desecrating the remains of Taliban soldiers, many in the U.S. armed forces are learning about the ethics of war through workshops. Will these lessons work? Can warfare morality be learned in a classroom?

Global Ethics Corner: Is the World Bank Outdated? | 04/20/12 With the election of another American to head the World Bank, some are questioning the institution's legitimacy and role in the world. Since once-impoverished nations are driving world economic growth, should the developing world have a greater say in the bank's governance?

Global Ethics Corner: Do Super-Maximum Security Prisons Constitute Cruel and Unusual Punishment? | 04/13/12 A surprise ruling from the European Court of Human Rights could send five terror suspects to a super-maximum security prison in the United States. Is keeping inmates in solitary confinement for years a form of torture? Or is Supermax a necessary tool to combat global terror?

Global Ethics Corner: Daisey and Foxconn: Is Exaggeration Acceptable When Raising Awareness? | 04/05/12 Mike Daisey has admitted to fabricating parts of his story on Foxconn for "This American Life." But, perhaps partly due to the attention his story received, the Chinese factory is undergoing a labor audit and plans to raise wages. Is it ever ethical to lie for a larger truth?

Global Ethics Corner: Daisey and Foxconn: Is Exaggeration Acceptable When Raising Awareness? | 04/05/12 Mike Daisey has admitted to fabricating parts of his story on Foxconn for "This American Life." But, perhaps partly due to the attention his story received, the Chinese factory is undergoing a labor audit and plans to raise wages. Is it ever ethical to lie for a larger truth?

Global Ethics Corner: Health Care in America: Should all Americans have a Right to Affordable Care? | 03/30/12 With the Supreme Court set to make a decision, the Affordable Care Act is a major source of debate in the United States. Do all Americans have the right to affordable health care? Or does the individual mandate, which requires that all Americans buy insurance, go too far?

Global Ethics Corner: Ethics in Banking: Is There Hope for Wall Street? | 03/23/12 The very public resignation of Goldman Sachs executive Greg Smith is the low point in a bad year for Wall Street. With the Occupy movement and a rumored recruiting crisis in mind, is there any hope left for Wall Street? Can the banks rebound and find a way to be ethical?

Global Ethics Corner: "Kony 2012": The Power of Simplicity or the Perils of Oversimplification? | 03/16/12 Invisible Children's Kony 2012 campaign has reached critical mass and turned Joseph Kony into a household name. But does the organization's simplified message misinform the public and whitewash the evils of the Ugandan government? Will it all be worth it if Kony is arrested?

Global Ethics Corner: "Kony 2012": The Power of Simplicity or the Perils of Oversimplification? | 03/16/12 Invisible Children's Kony 2012 campaign has reached critical mass and turned Joseph Kony into a household name. But does the organization's simplified message misinform the public and whitewash the evils of the Ugandan government? Will it all be worth it if Kony is arrested?

Global Ethics Corner: Scotland Steps Up: Will it Become Independent? | 03/09/12 With a recent resurgence of nationalism, Scottish independence is once again a topic of discussion. Do Scotland's vast oil reserves make this a realistic possibility? Or would reliance on a single resource cause the new country to struggle economically after breaking away from the U.K.?

Global Ethics Corner: A Force for Good or Evil? Google Maps and Border Wars | 03/02/12 Border disputes have been around for thousands of years, but in the age of Google Maps, they are taking on another dimension. Does Google bear any responsibility if a conflict arises because of borders it has drawn?

Global Ethics Corner: China on the Rise: Is China's Political Model Superior? | 02/24/12 With economic malaise and political stalemates commonplace across the U.S. and Europe, some are beginning to look to China for answers. Is democracy, with its check and balances, still the best form of governance? Or could the West learn a few things from the "China model"?

Global Ethics Corner: Should the International Community Intervene in Syria? | 02/17/12 It's been almost a year since demonstrations started in Syria and the government crackdown gets bloodier every day. With sanctions not producing results, is it time for a military intervention? Or do conditions on the ground and possible civilian deaths make this option too risky?

Global Ethics Corner: The Cuban Embargo Turns 50: Time to Rethink U.S. Policy? | 02/10/12 As the Cuban embargo reaches a milestone, a majority of Americans think it's time for a change. Many argue that the communist stronghold is no longer a threat and the sanctions only serve to hurt the Cuban people. Is it time to lift the embargo or should Obama maintain the status quo?

Global Ethics Corner: The Arab Spring Turns One Year Old: What Next? | 02/03/12 As the Arab Spring celebrates its one-year anniversary, the West is cautiously awaiting the next step. Will democracy flourish in the Middle East and North Africa? Or will authoritarianism and fundamental Islam be the basis for the new governments born from the revolutions of 2011?

Global Ethics Corner: Made in the USA: The Return of American Manufacturing | 01/27/12 President Obama's plan for a manufacturing revival has seen bipartisan support, but some economists are asking serious questions. Will more Americans on assembly lines stifle innovation? And can the U.S. compete with the lower wages and willing workers found overseas?

Global Ethics Corner: NATO and Turkey: Should Human Rights Be Sacrificed for a Missile Defense System? | 01/20/12 As NATO's missile defense system goes live in Turkey, questions have been raised about the nation's human rights record. Should NATO condemn Turkey's recent crackdowns on free speech and the media? Or does the country's geostrategic importance trump these concerns?

Global Ethics Corner: Primaries and Democracy: Debating the Costs and Benefits of Primary Elections | 01/13/12 With primary season starting up, the Republican candidates are traveling around the nation, making stump speeches, kissing babies, and spending millions. Is this staple of American politics a showcase for democracy? Or does it just exacerbate ideological polarization in the U.S.?

Global Ethics Corner: North Korea: Engage, Ignore, or Confront? | 01/06/12 With the recent death of Kim Jong-il, the United States is once again wondering what to do about North Korea. Is engagement with the nation's new leader, Kim Jong-un, the answer? Or should the U.S. isolate the rogue state and continue to ignore its threats?

Unpaid Internships: Is Free Labor Fair Labor? | 12/30/11 Unpaid internships are a valuable and sometimes necessary experience for college students and recent graduates, especially in light of the global financial crisis. But is this really a fair labor practice and does it just give an unfair advantage to more well-off job-seekers?

Global Ethics Corner: Jobs: Computers versus Humans | 12/23/11 Could the slow job growth rate of the Great Recession be attributed to new technologies replacing human labor and intelligence? Is artificial intelligence likely or desirable in a post-industrial society?

Global Ethics Corner: Was Durban Doomed? | 12/16/11 With the 17th annual global climate change talks foundering in Durban, little hope is left for a worldwide initiative designed to combat global warming. Will local efforts be enough or does this latest setback truly doom a future of sustainability and worldwide cooperation?

Global Ethics Corner: Occupy Moscow | 12/09/11 With Vladimir Putin's party receiving a rebuke in the December 4th parliamentary elections, Russia is at a crossroads. With alleged voter fraud and massive protests as a backdrop, could this be the start of a new, more democratic era in Moscow or will Putin prevail?

Global Ethics Corner: Goodbye Euro? | 12/02/11 The euro was once thought to be a symbol of peace and prosperity in post-World War II Europe. As the sovereign debt crisis continues, are we watching the end of this currency and, more ominously, a unified Europe?

Global Ethics Corner: HIV Prevention and Behavior Change in Africa: Are Western-Imported Methods Working? | 11/25/11 Are Western-imported methods for fighting HIV/AIDS working in Sub-Saharan Africa? Some critics argue that campaigns more aligned with traditional African values could be more effective in fighting the disease than Western campaigns focused on abstinence and safe sex.

Global Ethics Corner: Privacy and Responsibility on the Internet: Who Should Control your Identity on the Web? | 11/18/11 Who should control your Internet identity? In an age when bills are paid via PayPal, relationships are forged over Facebook, and revolutions are fueled by Twitter, these questions take on great prominence. How we answer them may define the Internet for years to come.

Global Ethics Corner: Debt and Democracy: Why Shouldn't Greeks Vote on Their Financial Future? | 11/11/11 The Greek tragedy unfolding over the European debt deal raises some important questions about the bounds between debt and democracy: Why shouldn't Greeks--or any citizenry for that matter--get to vote on the economic fate of their country?

Global Ethics Corner: How Should the U.S. Handle Islamic Terrorists? | 11/04/11 The fact that Guantanamo remains open, although the number of prisoners has been greatly reduced, shows how difficult it is to handle Islamic militants. Meanwhile, targeted killings have increased. Are we killing our high-profile enemies to avoid sending them to military prison?

Global Ethics Corner: Child Soldiers and Counter-Terrorism: Should the U.S. Aid Countries that Recruit Child Soldiers? | 10/28/11 Child soldiers and foreign aid raise an important ethical dilemma: Should allies that use child soldiers receive U.S. military aid, even if it compromises our opposition to the practice? When--if ever--should concerns about security trump concerns for human rights?

Global Ethics Corner: Iran and the United States: Is Military Conflict Inevitable? | 10/21/11 Recent allegations of an Iranian assassination plot in the United States have once again raised doubts about the effectiveness of sanctions. As confidence in a diplomatic solution wanes, can U.S. officials avoid military intervention without looking soft on Iran?

Global Ethics Corner: Occupy Wall Street: Does Rising Income Inequality Threaten American Democracy? | 10/14/11 Does rising income inequality pose a threat to American democracy? This question has long been taboo in American politics. Yet as "Occupy Wall Street" spreads across the United States, the political consequences of income inequality are grabbing headlines as never before.

Global Ethics Corner: Space Junk | 10/07/11 According to NASA, over 135 million pieces of man-made metal debris orbit the Earth. While the space race may be over, someone's got to do the cleaning up. But who?

Global Ethics Corner: Blocking the Bid: Is the U.S. right to veto Palestinian Membership to the UN? | 09/30/11 As the UN Security Council weighs the Palestinian bid, is the U.S. right to oppose UN membership? Would Palestinian membership to the UN threaten future peace or could it provide a foundation for future negotiations?

Global Ethics Corner: China's Aircraft Carrier: Who Rules the Waves? | 09/23/11 Is a far-reaching Chinese navy a threat to American naval superiority or to the West? Is China simply a major power, peacefully rising and pursuing its natural national interests? Perhaps, ruling the waves doesn’t have the same importance in the 21st century? What do you think?

Global Ethics Corner: Genocide Denial in Rwanda: Dealing with the Past or Subverting Democracy? | 09/16/11 Do laws that make it a crime to deny the existence of genocide help to lessen the chances of renewed conflict? Or, do they stifle freedom of speech--and risk eliminating political dissent? These are the questions currently debated in Rwanda.

Global Ethics Corner: Ten Years After 9/11: What Have We Learned? | 09/09/11 As we take stock of the decade since 9/11, the lessons we have learned are still unclear. Ten years on, analysts impart contentious lessons that may even be irreconcilable. As you reflect on the past decade, what did you learn from 9/11?

Global Ethics Corner: The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline and the National Interest | 09/02/11 A proposed Canadian pipeline would transport bitumen from the tar sands of Alberta to refineries on the Gulf Coast, crossing the border. Is Keystone XL in the national interest? Is secure access to oil worth the climate change consequences?

Global Ethics Corner: Libya After Qaddafi: Redefining our Responsibilities | 08/26/11 As Libya prepares for its future, do NATO member states have a moral responsibility to protect peace and stability? Or should Libya's future be of its own making? What do you think?

Global Ethics Corner: Libya After Qaddafi: Redefining our Responsibilities | 08/26/11 As Libya prepares for its future, do NATO member states have a moral responsibility to protect peace and stability? Or should Libya's future be of its own making? What do you think?

Global Ethics Corner: In America, Does Pluralist Democracy Still Work? | 08/19/11 Has pluralism in America emphasized private interest over public good? Does the market for ideas need more supervision, or should the market rule?

Global Ethics Corner: The Debt Crisis: Are Politicians the Problem? | 08/12/11 Instead of taking a leadership role, U.S. politicians merely "kicked the can down the road" to resolve the debt ceiling crisis, kicking off a U.S. credit rating downgrade and a global stock market meltdown. Should the U.S. government be given more or less authority in light of recent events?

Global Ethics Corner: Cyberwar Strategy: Defensive or Offensive? | 08/05/11 Governments and corporations are under serious and growing threat from cyber attacks. Which do you favor: a strategy that seeks out hackers and punishes them at the risk of waging an undeclared cyberwar, or a more defensive strategy, as adopted by today’s Pentagon?

Global Ethics Corner: Norway: When Belief Justifies Murder | 07/29/11 The power of belief is terrifying. Do you believe anything strongly enough to take a life without the sanction of authorities? Can any belief justify the killing of innocents? Where do you stand between belief and action?

Global Ethics Corner: Privacy, Ethics, and "News of the World" | 07/22/11 Outrage over "News of the World's" use of phone hacking raises the question: when is hacking acceptable? Phone surveillance is a common tool for national security. Where do you draw the line?

Global Ethics Corner: The Challenge of Population Growth | 07/15/11 World population may hit 10.1 billion by the year 2100. Are population issues individual choices or are they fundamental concerns of public policy? How aggressively should policy intervene?

Global Ethics Corner: Congress, the President, and Libya | 07/01/11 Should the president be supported by the legislative branch when making difficult foreign policy decisions requiring the use of force? How does this apply to Libya?

Global Ethics Corner: "To Kill a Mockingbird" and Justice | 06/24/11 In "To Kill a Mockingbird" an innocent man is wrongfully sentenced. The author argues that all we can do in the face of injustice is try, accept, and move on. Should we trust always trust institutions? When the system fails is it enough to have fought, or should we go on to fight again?

Global Ethics Corner: Libya and the Responsibility to Protect | 06/17/11 The intervention in Libya is the first major action authorized by the Security Council under the "responsibility to protect." Should we take military steps when leaders attack their own people? Or does this violate the state's right to self-determination?

Global Ethics Corner: Targeting Enemies in War: Is a "Kill List" Justified? | 06/11/11 Governments have a moral responsibility to protect their citizens. How far does that extend? Is a "kill list" justified?

Global Ethics Corner: Is There A 'Third Way' to Engage China? | 06/10/11 The Chinese economy and defense budget have grown at an enormous rate over the past five years. Do you think that this will lead to global confrontation? Or will China have a "peaceful rise"? Could there be a third way that blends competition and cooperation?

Global Ethics Corner: Southern Sudan: Would You Declare War? | 06/03/11 Within weeks of independence for Southern Sudan, the Northern Sudanese Army annexed the disputed town of Abyei. Should Southern Sudan respond militarily, risking a larger war? Or should they move ahead with independence on July 9 as planned?

Global Ethics Corner: Taiwan: Is there a Statute of Limitation on Corruption? | 05/27/11 Can corruption be legitimized by common usage, legal process, or subsequent legislation? Should old crimes go unpunished by legislative amnesty? Or is it more important simply to correct the abuse and move forward?

Global Ethics Corner: Training SEAL Team 6: The Point of the Sword | 05/20/11 Could SEAL Team 6 have captured bin Laden alive? Should training for elite military forces prioritize thoughtfulness at the risk of indecision?

Global Ethics Corner: Bin Laden's Death | 05/13/11 Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan in a mission by U.S. Navy SEALS. Should the U.S. have captured him alive and put him on trial? Was the U.S. justified in entering Pakistan without the consent of their government?

Global Ethics Corner: When Government Changes the Rules: Taiwan's Feed-in-Tariff | 05/06/11 Taiwan requires electric utilities to purchase renewable energy, subsidized by the government. Recently when solar rates went down, the government changed the contract terms, saving on the amount of government funding but causing solar investors to make less profit. Was this justified?

Global Ethics Corner: Disaster, Decline, or Rebirth: A Japanese Fish Story | 04/29/11 Japan's recent tsunami and nuclear disaster have devastated its fishing industry. Fish are at the heart of Japanese culture, yet worldwide stocks of wild fish are in drastic descent. Should there be a push to revive this occupation or should Japan be trying to grow new industries?

Global Ethics Corner: The Power of Economic Models | 04/22/11 Economic models were the basis for crucial practical decisions that led to the 2008-09 financial crisis. Yet government bailouts remain controversial because free market advocates see intervention as wrong. Do you agree with the need to manage markets? Or should the economy be guided only be the "invisible hand"?

Global Ethics Corner: Assisting Political Parties in the Middle East | 04/15/11 In the aftermath of popular uprisings in the Middle East, Western aid-donors are confronted by a difficult dilemma. Should they work with anti-democratic or politically extreme domestic groups? Is excluding some parties in the name of democracy justified?

Global Ethics Corner: Lustration: Purging Civil Servants in New Democracies | 04/08/11 In transitions from authoritarian rule to democracy, systems must decide who to exclude from public office. What do you do with those who, without being guilty, cannot be called innocent? Is it undemocratic to ban them from holding government positions?

Global Ethics Corner: The Impact of Dependence on Oil | 04/01/11 Oil is cost-efficient as a primary energy source--in the short term. Long-term, however, oil poses economic risks and damages the environment. Should we allow markets to determine energy sources or implement energy policies to invest in alternatives?

Global Ethics Corner: Nuclear Power's Future | 03/25/11 Due to the high demand of energy, competitive costs, and environmental concerns, nuclear power seemed like a reasonable option. The earthquake and tsunami in Japan have since raised serious concerns about its safety. Is nuclear power worth the risk?

Global Ethics Corner: Health Dollars and Polio | 03/18/11 Bill Gates is spending one billion dollars in two years to eradicate polio. Although a deadly and crippling disease, it is extremely hard to end and there were only 1,000 cases reported last year. Is Gates' pledge a misallocation of global health resources?

Global Ethics Corner: Turkey, Islam, and Democracy | 03/11/11 Turkey's democracy has been extolled as a model in the Middle East, but has also been belittled for its creeping authoritarianism. Does Turkey offer hope to those states making a democratic transformation in the Arab world? Or is its system under threat?

Global Ethics Corner: Defeating Piracy | 03/04/11 In March 2011, there were over 50 vessels and 800 people held hostage by Somali pirates. What should be the response to these captures? Should a third party attack, negotiate, seek legal remedies, or continue to make the best of a terrible situation?

Global Ethics Corner: America on a Global Ethics Thermometer: Image and Reality | 02/25/11 How well do the institutions of government live up to the expectations of their people? What has America got right? What should it change? How do other countries measure up?

Global Ethics Corner: IDs, Personal Privacy, and India | 02/11/11 The Indian government plans to give all 1.2 billion Indians a fingerprint ID. Are you in favor of a national biometric ID to prevent identity theft and facilitate commerce? Or are you concerned about the privacy implications? In any case, are universal IDs only a matter of time? 

Global Ethics Corner: Egypt: Democracy or Demography? | 02/04/11 Two waves are overwhelming Egypt and possibly the Middle East: democracy and demography. Can a youthful imperative for rapid change amplify or diminish the growth of democracy? Can a populist revolution contain the seeds of an authoritarian regime?

Global Ethics Corner: Tunisia: The Jasmine Revolution and Western Foreign Policy | 01/28/11 In Tunisia, the Jasmine Revolution showed the vulnerability of unpopular and anti-democratic regimes. Should the West support authoritarian regimes to contain political Islam? Or should it watch popular passions erect potentially anti-democratic governments?

Global Ethics Corner: 2011 Top Risks and Ethical Decisions | 01/21/11 The annual announcement from the Eurasia Group of top global risks is here. Do you agree with their choice of fundamental issues for this year?

Global Ethics Corner: Populism, Protectionism, and China | 01/14/11 Chinese policies tilt the field and undermine free trade, according to journalist David Leonhardt. Should the U.S. use sanctions more aggressively to enforce free trade principles and to protect domestic production? Or are the negative economic consequences too risky?

Global Ethics Corner: Diplomats and Commercial Sales | 01/07/11 Wikileaks cables reveal that U.S. diplomats are "a big part of the sales force." Is diplomacy diminished or conflicts harder to resolve if diplomats are aggressive commercial partisans? Or are diplomats promoting products a crucial part of 21st century international affairs?

Global Ethics Corner: International Humanitarian Law and Non-State Actors | 12/17/10 Should non-state armed groups be excluded from the formal realm of international humanitarian law? Should they be held to the same standards as states during warfare? What is the proper mechanism for enforcing the rules of war without lending non-state actors legitimacy?

Global Ethics Corner: WikiLeaks: Trust or Transparency? | 12/10/10 U.S. diplomatic cables exposed through WikiLeaks raise several questions about transparency and trust. Should governments employ secrecy in diplomacy? Without transparency, are democracy and diplomacy compatible?

Global Ethics Corner: Interests or Values: The West and Israel | 12/03/10 Western support of Israel demonstrates a clash of interests and values. Israel is a key U.S. ally, yet its policies towards Gaza and the West Bank are repeatedly marked with human rights violations. Can there be a middle ground in foreign policy where interests and values meet?

Global Ethics Corner: Ethics and Humanitarian Intervention | 11/26/10 The UN Charter states that human rights is the responsibility of international society. It also prohibits forceful interference against the territorial integrity and political independence of any state. Which takes precedence in humanitarian crises, sovereignty or human rights?

Global Ethics Corner: WTO and the Washington vs. Beijing Consensus | 11/19/10 With the rise in power of emerging markets and developing economies should the architecture of global economics change to reflect their market approaches? Should the U.S. direct reforms, or should China and other developing markets take leadership?

Global Ethics Corner: Handpicking Successors and the Brazilian Elections | 11/12/10 Brazil's President Lula da Silva handpicked Dilma Rousseff as his successor, even though she has never held political office. How important is continuity in governments? Is handpicking a successor acceptable in order to win an election or to direct a government? What do you think?

Global Ethics Corner: The EU and Serbia | 11/05/10 Would Serbian admission to the EU prevent another Balkan War? Is promoting Serbian democracy more important than securing justice for 1990s genocides? In pursuing war criminals, is the carrot of EU admission more effective than the stick of EU exclusion?

Global Ethics Corner: Neo-liberalism and Welfare | 10/29/10 Do markets promote the greatest good for the greatest number? What do you think? Should long-term economic growth, promised by a free market, be prioritized over concerns about inequality? How do you balance a society's need both to create wealth and insure welfare?

Global Ethics Corner: Can Moral Injury Be a Wound of War? | 10/22/10 Moral injury is a new concept to describe the harm done to combatants traumatized by war. Is this concept confined to combatants alone, or is moral injury to soldiers simply a more extreme extension of the moral issues faced by everyone?

Global Ethics Corner: Politics and Civility | 10/15/10 Civility has fled the 24/7 news cycle. Public life need not be this way. Why do we tolerate, even gorge, on this lack of civility? How do you handle public debate? Do you paint opposing views as demonic?

Global Ethics Corner: Geoengineering | 10/08/10 Global warming makes it impossible to limit environmentalism to one country. Should geoengineering be regulated multilaterally before rogue countries experiment with our collective future? Or does the problem demand research and action now, despite the risks?

Global Ethics Corner: China and the U.S.: Trade Wars or Mutual Advantage | 10/01/10 China undervalues its currency and pursues an export-led growth model, resulting in the loss of U.S. jobs. Confrontation on this issue is dangerous, yet doing nothing is potentially disastrous for the U.S. economy. How would you respond to China's growing power?

Global Ethics Corner: Deepwater Drilling and Fossil Fuels | 09/24/10 Offshore oil spills have devastating consequences, yet storm-drain runoff from leaky cars and gas stations can be just as bad. Do the risks of deepwater drilling outweigh the rewards? Could efficiency and innovations on land meet our energy demands without further drilling?

Global Ethics Corner: Extinction | 09/17/10 What should be the balance between preservation and consumption? Should there be a global ethic for protecting endangered species? If so, how should it be enforced?

Global Ethics Corner: Declining Fish Stocks | 09/10/10 Three-quarters of the world's fish stocks are in distress and many fisheries could collapse by midcentury. Should we ban industrial fishing or regulate it for sustainable output? Can farmed fish make up the difference? Furthermore, who will police the oceans? What do you think?

Global Ethics Corner: The Sustainability of Cities | 09/03/10 Half the world now lives in cities, and they are growing. Are megacities an opportunity or a threat?

Global Ethics Corner: Aircraft Carriers and Anti-Ship Missiles | 08/27/10 Have aircraft carriers lost their place as core naval assets for projecting force? Does the carrier's symbolic role and massive armament still sustain its central mission? For instance, would you risk U.S. carriers in a conflict across the Taiwan Strait?

Global Ethics Corner: Enjoying, Managing, or Restoring Trout | 08/20/10 Should national parks introduce non-native species for recreational purposes, or focus on preserving the parks' natural state?

Global Ethics Corner: A Mosque at Ground Zero | 08/13/10 The proposed building of an Islamic community center two blocks from 9/11’s Ground Zero has become a contentious issue. Would building the center promote the American virtues of religious freedom and speech? Or would it be counterproductive and insensitive, even if the intent is pure?

Global Ethics Corner: Smartphones: From Popular Product to Ethical Dilemma | 08/06/10 Smartphones rely on coltan, much of which is mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Given that the Congo represents one of the worst illustrations of modern mineral exploitation, what will you do?

Global Ethics Corner: Smartphones: From Popular Product to Ethical Dilemma | 08/06/10 Smartphones rely on coltan, much of which is mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Given that the Congo represents one of the worst illustrations of modern mineral exploitation, what will you do?

Global Ethics Corner: Secrecy in Foreign Policy | 07/30/10 Is secrecy in foreign policy an unfortunate yet necessary way to maintain national security? Or does the lack of transparency in state decisions undermine democracy?

Global Ethics Corner: Security in America | 07/23/10 The growth in national security measures since 9/11 is striking. Is this level of government investment worthwhile? Is there ever such a thing as enough security?

Global Ethics Corner: Who Dies in Afghanistan: Soldiers, Civilians, or the Mission? | 07/16/10 William C. Vocke Jr. How do you choose missions to fight a war effectively, while minimizing civilian deaths and meeting the obligation to your soldiers?

Global Ethics Corner: Mexico: Violence and Democracy | 07/09/10 Must governments meet violence with an authoritarian response? In the recent Mexican election, citizens could demand a crackdown on druglords at the price of personal freedoms, or continue to participate at the risk of their safety. Mexicans chose the latter. What would you do?

Global Ethics Corner: Google and State Capitalism? | 07/02/10 Does the state capitalism model present a challenge to free market political systems? Is Google's confrontation with China a taste of the future? What do you think?

Global Ethics Corner: Chinese Currency and Ethics | 06/28/10 When China loosens the peg of its currency to the dollar, the U.S. will benefit--but it may hurt labor in China. While the looser Chinese currency is fairer to trading partners, it conflicts with protection of Chinese citizens' interests. How would you balance the two concerns?

Global Ethics Corner: Rwandan Health Care: A Model for the West? | 06/18/10 In Rwanda, 92 percent of citizens have government-mandated health insurance, collectively owned by the policy-holders themselves. Does organizing health care based on this mutual ethical obligation make sense for other countries? What do you think?

Global Ethics Corner: Development Aid | 06/04/10 Should the U.S. be helping developing countries when it has its own dramatic domestic problems?

Global Ethics Corner: After the War on Terror | 05/28/10 Will the next dominant international conflict be between state capitalism and free market capitalism? Will it supplant the war on terror? What do you think?

Global Ethics Corner: Global Fertility and U.S. Politics | 05/21/10 How do we meet the massive global issue of fertility without being mired in the abortion debate?

Global Ethics Corner: Are We Born Good? | 05/14/10 Are babies born with the morality they need or do they learn it from society? Is morality a biological trait that builds communities through enlightened self-interest, or does it come from a spiritual being? What do you think?

Global Ethics Corner: The U.S.: Shedding Hegemony with Grace | 05/07/10 Should the U.S. shed some global ambitions and responsibilities? Or, is America's global role simply too important, both to the U.S. and the world? What do you think?

Global Ethics Corner: British Elections: To Represent or to Govern? | 04/30/10 Should election results accurately reflect public opinion or should elections promote effective governance?

Global Ethics Corner: Should American Elections be Reformed? | 04/23/10 Is it time to reform the U.S. electoral structure? Should more views be represented? Do narrow interests have too much power?

Global Ethics Corner: The Irony of Nuclear Weapons? | 04/16/10 This short audio on ethics asks: Are nuclear weapons a necessary evil? Is it better to live in a world with nuclear deterrence or one that is free of nuclear threats? What do you think?

Global Ethics Corner: Sports, NCAA Basketball, and Money | 04/09/10 Is the role of the NCAA to help students succeed through sports, or to garner money for educational institutions? With the high drop-out rate of NCAA basketball players, should the organization change its rules to encourage student athletes to complete their undergraduate degrees?

Global Ethics Corner: Do Good Guys Really Finish Last? | 04/01/10 Benefits from altruism include approval, enhanced image, and neural stimulation--feeling good. Yet if you act selfishly you will have more resources, and your individual behavior is unlikely to break down society. Everyone has to choose. What will you do?

Global Ethics Corner: Markets: The Invisible Hand or Fairness? | 03/26/10 What do you think maximizes individual benefits in the marketplace? Is it cut throat competition or altruistic norms of fairness and trust? Can you have both?

Global Ethics Corner: The Ethics and Effectiveness of Basic Income Grants | 03/19/10 Can basic income grants work for those living in extreme poverty? Or are grants discouraging people from taking individual responsibility?

Global Ethics Corner: Greece, Goldman, and Financial Transparency? | 03/12/10 This short video on ethics asks: Is Goldman Sachs responsible for the current financial crisis in Greece? Or should Greek politicians who knew of Goldman's practices be blamed for the state of their economy?

Global Ethics Corner: Televising the Olympics: Where Is the Sport? | 03/05/10 Does the quest for high television ratings deter Olympic sportscasters from focusing on strategies and techniques of sports? Should Olympic coverage focus more on the game than on athletes' personal stories?

Global Ethics Corner: Is Public Diplomacy Beneficial for all Participants? | 02/26/10 One goal of public diplomacy is to create allies inside other states through education programs or cultural exchanges. Should this be viewed as enriching individuals, or as a sly attempt to manipulate another country's domestic politics?

Is Public Diplomacy Beneficial for all Participants? | 02/26/10 One goal of public diplomacy is to create allies inside other states through education programs or cultural exchanges. Should this be viewed as enriching individuals, or as a sly attempt to manipulate another country's domestic politics?

Global Ethics Corner: Why Is the Energy Debate So Contentious? | 02/19/10 How do we balance the short-term interests at stake in the energy debate with our long-term needs? This short video on ethics asks: Why are energy and climate choices painted as opposites?

Why Is the Energy Debate So Contentious? | 02/19/10 How do we balance the short-term interests at stake in the energy debate with our long-term needs? This short video on ethics asks: Why are energy and climate choices painted as opposites?

Do You Agree or Resign? | 02/13/10 Can you hold to ethical standards and serve a government that makes mistakes? Does becoming a diplomat mean, "my country right or wrong"?

Global Ethics Corner: Do You Agree or Resign? | 02/12/10 Can you hold to ethical standards and serve a government that makes mistakes? Does becoming a diplomat mean, "my country right or wrong?"

Do People Matter in U.S. Foreign Policy? | 02/05/10 Is U.S. foreign policy determined by individual policy-makers and core values, or by external threats and domestic pressures?

Global Ethics Corner: Do People Matter in U.S. Foreign Policy? | 02/05/10 Is U.S. foreign policy determined by individual policy-makers and core values, or by external threats and domestic pressures?

In America, Does Pluralist Democracy Still Work? | 01/29/10 Has pluralism in America emphasized private interest over public good? Does the market for ideas need more supervision, or should the market rule?

Global Ethics Corner: God and Obama | 01/22/10 For President Obama, what is the relation between religion and politics?

God and Obama | 01/22/10 For President Obama, what is the relation between religion and politics?

Global Ethics Corner: Is the American Dream Dead? | 01/15/10 America's global future seems in doubt with a frozen political process, mountains of debt, stagnant exports, global military commitments, and less secure friendships. Is the American Dream dead?

Is the American Dream Dead? | 01/15/10 America's global future seems in doubt with a frozen political process, mountains of debt, stagnant exports, global military commitments, and less secure friendships. Is the American Dream dead?

Global Ethics Corner: Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2010 | 01/08/10 The Eurasia Group identified ten top global risks for business this year, which should be understood not just as political and economic, but also as the basic choices they highlight. What do you think the fundamental issues are for 2010?

Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2010 | 01/08/10 The Eurasia Group identified ten top global risks for business this year, which should be understood not just as political and economic, but also as the basic choices they highlight. What do you think the fundamental issues are for 2010?

Global Ethics Corner: The Cost of Climate Change | 12/18/09 This short clip on ethics asks: Is climate change a common public burden, or should individuals make their own choices? Globally do modernized countries have an obligation to developing countries?

The Cost of Climate Change | 12/18/09 This short clip on ethics asks: Is climate change a common public burden, or should individuals make their own choices? Globally do modernized countries have an obligation to developing countries?

Global Ethics Corner: Am I My Brothers' Keeper? | 12/11/09 This short audio on ethics asks: Are we responsible for the well-being of children around the globe, millions of whom die every year from preventable causes? Or does charity begin at home?

Am I My Brothers' Keeper? | 12/11/09 This short video on ethics asks: Are we responsible for the well-being of children around the globe, millions of whom die every year from preventable causes? Or does charity begin at home?

Global Ethics Corner: Democracy and Waging War | 12/04/09 In a difficult and protracted war democracies may accept a draw due to a lack of public support. If you were caught between bowing to public opinion and taking bold positions that may alienate the electorate, which would you choose?

Democracy and Waging War | 12/04/09 In a difficult and protracted war democracies may accept a draw due to a lack of public support. If you were caught between bowing to public opinion and taking bold positions that may alienate the electorate, which would you choose?

Global Ethics Corner: America: Example or Moral Champion? | 11/27/09 What is the U.S. role in the world? There are two extremes. Being an example, or employing forceful U.S. engagement and being a moral champion. Neither pole will or should prevail, but which might best drive America's interests?

America: Example or Moral Champion? | 11/27/09 What is the U.S. role in the world? There are two extremes. Being an example, or employing forceful U.S. engagement and being a moral champion. Neither pole will or should prevail, but which might best drive America's interests?

Global Ethics Corner: Can You Ever Earn Too Much? | 11/20/09 Should there be formal or informal standards for compensation? Can you ever earn too much?

Can You Ever Earn Too Much? | 11/20/09 Within society there seems to be a general public disdain for excess and a private commitment to excess. Should there be formal or informal standards for compensation? Can you ever earn too much?

Global Ethics Corner: Your Income, Your Liberty, and Your Equality? | 11/13/09 Inequality in America has been accelerating rapidly since the 1980s. But capping income levels could put liberty and competitiveness at risk. This short audio on ethics asks: What is the right balance between liberty and equality?

Your Income, Your Liberty, and Your Equality? | 11/13/09 Inequality in America has been accelerating rapidly since the 1980s. But capping income levels could put liberty and competitiveness at risk. This short video on ethics asks: What is the right balance between liberty and equality?

Global Ethics Corner: Paying Others to Fight Our Battles | 11/06/09 Private contractors bring important skills to tasks outside the capability or mission of military personnel, but they are not accountable to the government or American people. Is this political cover valuable? What about the hidden costs?

Paying Others to Fight Our Battles | 11/06/09 Private contractors bring important skills to tasks outside the capability or mission of military personnel, but they are not accountable to the government or American people. Is this political cover valuable? What about the hidden costs?

Global Ethics Corner: When You Cross a Line | 10/30/09 When balancing life's complex tensions, how do you know when you've crossed a line?

Troops in Afghanistan and Fighting Foreign Wars | 10/23/09 When war is a foreign insurgency, balancing human risks and possibility of success is a fundamental ethical dilemma for leaders. What do you think should happen in Afghanistan?

Global Ethics Corner: Troops in Afghanistan and Fighting Foreign Wars | 10/23/09 When war is a foreign insurgency, balancing human risks and possibility of success is a fundamental ethical dilemma for leaders. What do you think should happen in Afghanistan?

Award Achievement or Encourage Potential: The Nobel's Purpose? | 10/16/09 When choosing Nobel Peace Prize winners, should the Nobel Committee think of the future, using the Nobel's prestige to encourage peace-making? Or should they identify achievements over time, rewarding those shown worthy?

Global Ethics Corner: Award Achievement or Encourage Potential: The Nobel's Purpose? | 10/16/09 When choosing Nobel Peace Prize winners, should the Nobel Committee think of the future, using the Nobel's prestige to encourage peace-making? Or should they identify achievements over time, rewarding those shown worthy?

Global Ethics Corner: When Your Island Sinks | 10/09/09 By 2050 some estimate that climate change will displace 150 million people, but the displaced won't qualify as refugees under international law. What should be done about relocation?

When Your Island Sinks | 10/09/09 By 2050 some estimate that climate change will displace 150 million people, but the displaced won't qualify as refugees under international law. What should be done about relocation?

Whose Art Is It? | 10/02/09 Should cultural treasures, acquired under dubious circumstances, be returned to their places of origin?

Global Ethics Corner: Whose Art Is It? | 10/02/09 Should cultural treasures, acquired under dubious circumstances, be returned to their places of origin?

Global Ethics Corner: Oceans, Garbage, and Food | 09/25/09 Can we regulate international space like the oceans? Pollution and illegal or unregulated fishing plague international waters. How can the problem be managed to maintain the health and beauty of our seas?

Oceans, Garbage, and Food | 09/25/09 Can we regulate international space like the oceans? Pollution and illegal or unregulated fishing plague international waters. How can the problem be managed to maintain the health and beauty of our seas?

Climate Protectionism and Competitiveness | 09/18/09 The global circulation of goods is a major source of both prosperity and carbon emissions. This short video on ethics asks: Can trade be regulated to maximize development and reduce environmental harm?

Global Ethics Corner: Climate Protectionism and Competitiveness | 09/18/09 The global circulation of goods is a major source of both prosperity and carbon emissions. This short audio on ethics asks: Can trade be regulated to maximize development and reduce environmental harm?

Who Pays for Global Warming? | 09/16/09 This short video on ethics asks: Who pays to stop global warming? How to allocate emissions allowances? If people are entitled to an equal share of the world's resources, should national allowances be allocated on a per capita basis? How about the billionaire in India who pollutes more than a poor person in urban Paris?

Global Ethics Corner: Who Pays for Global Warming? | 09/16/09 This short clip on ethics asks: Who pays to stop global warming? How to allocate emissions allowances? If people are entitled to an equal share of the world's resources, should national allowances be allocated on a per capita basis? How about the billionaire in India who pollutes more than a poor person in urban Paris?

Global Ethics Corner: Forest Preservation | 09/04/09 How do we put value on the forests as an indispensable element of our survival? Can we balance market mechanisms with regulations and consumption with sustainability?

Forest Preservation | 09/04/09 How do we put value on the forests as an indispensable element of our survival? Can we balance market mechanisms with regulations and consumption with sustainability?

Ecological Intervention | 08/28/09 Do states have a responsibility to protect the planet? If so, who would decide when environmental protection is a legitimate reason to interfere in the affairs of another state?

Global Ethics Corner: Ecological Intervention | 08/28/09 Do states have a responsibility to protect the planet? If so, who would decide when environmental protection is a legitimate reason to interfere in the affairs of another state?

Global Migration: Open the Doors or Build the Walls? | 08/21/09 Do immigrants help or hurt America? Closed borders cut off the world's best and brightest, while open borders may invite the world's desperate, criminal, and crazy. Should we err on the side of opening doors or building walls?

Dealing with Dictators: North Korea | 08/14/09 Should you ever deal with dictators? Two American journalists held hostage in North Korea were released as a result of Bill Clinton's recent meeting with Kim Jong-il. Did the positive outcome justify lending credibility to one of the world's worst regimes?

The Garden, Veggies, and Ethics | 08/07/09 If you don't know the roots under a farmers' market or a colleague's produce, should you trust the food you get from them? How does the joy of growing and giving fresh vegetables weigh against potential soil hazards? Does even a carrot require an ethical choice?

Markets or Regulations, Is That the Question? | 07/31/09 Should government supplement markets to increase the public good? Should it regulate markets to protect the public good? How much is too much regulation?

The Missing Ingredient: Applied Ethics | 07/24/09 Policies are often debated along three dimensions: effectiveness, efficiency, and expediency. In place of a fourth dimension—applied ethics—we usually find sensationalism and polarization. Can public discourse rise above shouting?

Self-determination and Ethnic Cleansing | 07/17/09 Modern self-determination and the concept of nationality are closely linked, and have frequently led to instances of ethnic cleansing. Can nationalism and multi-ethnic societies co-exist? Must self-determination imply ethnic cleansing?

Global Ethics Corner: Self-determination and Ethnic Cleansing | 07/17/09 Modern self-determination and the concept of nationality are closely linked, and have frequently led to instances of ethnic cleansing. Can nationalism and multi-ethnic societies co-exist? Must self-determination imply ethnic cleansing?

Global Ethics Corner: Military Intervention and Democracy? | 07/10/09 Is it ever ethical to violate a democratic constitution? If the rationale for military intervention is to save democracy, does that make it legitimate?

Military Intervention and Democracy? | 07/10/09 Is it ever ethical to violate a democratic constitution? If the rationale for military intervention is to save democracy, does that make it legitimate?

Global Ethics Corner: Why Is Health Care So Difficult? | 07/03/09 Why can't the U.S. negotiate a domestic solution to health care? Individuals are certainly responsible for their health. A wealthy society can also be responsible for its members. Is health care a primary right, or a personal responsibility?

Why Is Health Care So Difficult? | 07/03/09 Why can't the U.S. negotiate a domestic solution to health care? Individuals are certainly responsible for their health. A wealthy society can also be responsible for its members. Is health care a primary right, or a personal responsibility?

Global Ethics Corner: France and Burqas | 06/26/09 French President Nicolas Sarkozy recently declared that burqas are not welcome in France. To some, the burqa represents the suppression of women. Yet many Muslim women embrace it. Should states have control over what people wear?

France and Burqas | 06/26/09 French President Nicolas Sarkozy recently declared that burqas are not welcome in France. To some, the burqa represents the suppression of women. Yet many Muslim women embrace it. Should states have control over what people wear?

Global Ethics Corner: When Are Elections Legitimate? | 06/19/09 When are elections legitimate? What about Iran? Elections assume that losers accept results. Because many disagree, can they overturn an election? Should we believe authorities that declare elections valid?

When Are Elections Legitimate? | 06/19/09 When are elections legitimate? What about Iran? Elections assume that losers accept results. Because many disagree, can they overturn an election? Should we believe authorities that declare elections valid?

Pillars of Choice: Fairness | 06/12/09 Fairness is a universal concept, but its application depends on time and place. The three pillars of ethical choice—pluralism, rights and responsibilities, and fairness—are thus codependent, and balancing them demands dialogue among people.

Global Ethics Corner: Pillars of Choice: Fairness | 06/12/09 Fairness is a universal concept, but its application depends on time and place. The three pillars of ethical choice—pluralism, rights and responsibilities, and fairness—are thus codependent, and balancing them demands dialogue among people.

Global Ethics Corner: Pillars of Choice: Rights and Responsibilities | 06/05/09 Balancing rights and responsibilities is one of the pillars supporting ethical choice. How far do our rights extend? Do responsibilities diminish our entitlements?

Pillars of Choice: Rights and Responsibilities | 06/05/09 Balancing rights and responsibilities is one of the pillars supporting ethical choice. How far do our rights extend? Do responsibilities diminish our entitlements?

Global Ethics Corner: Pillars of Choice: Pluralism | 05/29/09 How do we celebrate differences without falling into the trap of cultural relativism?

Pillars of Choice: Pluralism | 05/29/09 How do we celebrate differences without falling into the trap of cultural relativism?

Global Ethics Corner: How Do We Know When We've Been Bad? | 05/22/09 To become ethical, must behavior be grounded in a religious faith or other system of belief? How do we judge the behavior of states and people?

How Do We Know When We've Been Bad? | 05/22/09 To become ethical, must behavior be grounded in a religious faith or other system of belief? How do we judge the behavior of states and people?

Global Ethics Corner: Is the Free Market Central to America's Future? | 05/15/09 New York is no longer viewed as the financial capital of the world, or even of the United States. Given the recent government intervention in states' economies, will the free-market model be able to compete?

Is the Free Market Central to America's Future? | 05/15/09 New York is no longer viewed as the financial capital of the world, or even of the United States. Given the recent government intervention in states' economies, will the free-market model be able to compete?

The Health Legacy of Nuclear Test Veterans | 05/08/09 Participants in Britain's nuclear weapons testing program argued recently that health was damaged by radiation. Who is responsible? Should compensation be a legal matter or a moral one?

Global Ethics Corner: The Health Legacy of Nuclear Test Veterans | 05/08/09 Participants in Britain's nuclear weapons testing program argued recently that health was damaged by radiation. Who is responsible? Should compensation be a legal matter or a moral one?

Global Ethics Corner: Jumping Parties: Principles or Pragmatism? | 05/01/09 Senator Specter is now a Democrat. Was his decision to switch parties principled, pragmatic, or just expedient?

Jumping Parties: Principles or Pragmatism? | 05/01/09 Senator Specter is now a Democrat. Was his decision to switch parties principled, pragmatic, or just expedient?

For Torture, Who Should We Prosecute? | 04/24/09 Torture is wrong. So who is culpable? The point people? The memo writers? The overseers? No one? Everyone?

Global Ethics Corner: For Torture, Who Should We Prosecute? | 04/24/09 Torture is wrong. So who is culpable? The point people? The memo writers? The overseers? No one? Everyone?

International Aid: Does Help Hurt? | 04/17/09 According to Dambisa Moyo, large foreign aid flows to Africa disenfranchise Africans and prop up corrupt African leaders. If we follow Moyo's advice and cut off aid, what happens to the millions whose survival depends on it?

Global Ethics Corner: International Aid: Does Help Hurt? | 04/17/09 According to Dambisa Moyo, large foreign aid flows to Africa disenfranchise Africans and prop up corrupt African leaders. If we follow Moyo's advice and cut off aid, what happens to the millions whose survival depends on it?

Competition, Culture, and Cheating | 04/10/09 Competition magnifies the importance of choices people make, as penalties for failure and rewards for cheating increase. What would you do if faced with a high pressure choice in an environment which tolerates cheating?

Global Ethics Corner: Competition, Culture, and Cheating | 04/10/09 Competition magnifies the importance of choices people make, as penalties for failure and rewards for cheating increase. What would you do if faced with a high pressure choice in an environment which tolerates cheating?

Ethics and Experts | 04/03/09 How should we reward experts and how much? When the experts fail, should populist outrage be directed at those individuals or the system?

Global Ethics Corner: Ethics and Experts | 04/03/09 How should we reward experts and how much? When the experts fail, should populist outrage be directed at those individuals or the system?

Global Ethics Corner: Obama and Ethics | 03/27/09 Can public discussion of issues acknowledge gray areas despite being polarized by the media and single issue groups?

Obama and Ethics | 03/27/09 Can public discussion of issues acknowledge gray areas despite being polarized by the media and single issue groups?

Global Ethics Corner: Baseball and Global Sports Development | 03/23/09 What are the ethics of global sports development? Now that America's favorite pastime has gone global, is baseball watched and played for the love of the game? Or is it just business?

Baseball and Global Sports Development | 03/20/09 What are the ethics of global sports development? Now that America's favorite pastime has gone global, is baseball watched and played for the love of the game? Or is it just business?

Budgets, Cuban Policy, and Ethics? | 03/13/09 Do we respect the wishes of anti-Castro Americans, to restrict trade, or the wishes of agriculture and medical sales interests, to open Cuban markets? If we relax restrictions, do we reward repression? What do you think?

Global Ethics Corner: Budgets, Cuban Policy, and Ethics? | 03/13/09 Do we respect the wishes of anti-Castro Americans, to restrict trade, or the wishes of agriculture and medical sales interests, to open Cuban markets? If we relax restrictions, do we reward repression? What do you think?

Global Ethics Corner: Who Cares What You Wear on Your Head? | 03/06/09 Banning headscarves may violate an individual's right of religious expression and choice. Allowing headscarves may violate a state's commitment to secularism. How do we marry public goods and religious imperatives?

Global Ethics Corner: Who Cares What You Wear on your Head? | 03/06/09 Banning headscarves may violate an individual's right of religious expression and choice. Allowing headscarves may violate a state's commitment to secularism. This short clip on ethics asks: How do we marry public goods and religious imperatives?

Who Cares What You Wear on your Head? | 03/06/09 Banning headscarves may violate an individual's right of religious expression and choice. Allowing headscarves may violate a state's commitment to secularism. This short clip on ethics asks: How do we marry public goods and religious imperatives?

Global Ethics Corner: Immigrants and Jobs | 03/03/09 A Colombian immigrant was recently denied her investor's visa, forcing her to shut down her U.S. company and fire her six employees. Does immigration help or hurt American workers?

Global Ethics Corner: The Great Firewall of China | 03/03/09 Should foreign companies fudge a commitment to free speech to gain early market access? Is some information better than none, or is censorship a black and white issue?

Immigrants and Jobs | 02/27/09 A Colombian immigrant was recently denied her investor's visa, forcing her to shut down her U.S. company and fire her six employees. Does immigration help or hurt American workers?

The Great Firewall of China | 02/20/09 Should foreign companies fudge a commitment to free speech to gain early market access? Is some information better than none, or is censorship a black and white issue?

Global Ethics Corner: Has Water Become a Right? | 02/13/09 Less than one percent of the earth's water is consumable, and many parts of the world may be heading toward water bankruptcy. Should private ownership of water rights and delivery systems be encouraged, rejected, or better managed?

Has Water Become a Right? | 02/13/09 Less than one percent of the earth's water is consumable, and many parts of the world may be heading toward water bankruptcy. Should private ownership of water rights and delivery systems be encouraged, rejected, or better managed?

Global Ethics Corner: Buy American? Is There a Choice? | 02/06/09 While saving jobs is an urgent task in today's economy, promoting "Buy American" policies may hurt our chances of recovering from the recession. This short audio on ethics asks: How can we apply the Golden Rule to our trade and consumption patterns?

Buy American? Is There a Choice? | 02/06/09 While saving jobs is an urgent task in today's economy, promoting "Buy American" policies may hurt our chances of recovering from the recession. This short video on ethics asks: How can we apply the Golden Rule to our trade and consumption patterns?

Global Ethics Corner: How Real Is Virtual? | 01/30/09 Virtual worlds are online environments in which users interact via self-designed persona called avatars. Virtual reality can be entertaining and educational, but at what point does too much virtual become a vice?

How Real Is Virtual? | 01/30/09 Virtual worlds are online environments in which users interact via self-designed persona called avatars. Virtual reality can be entertaining and educational, but at what point does too much virtual become a vice?

Global Ethics Corner: Top Risks and Ethical Decisions | 01/23/09 What is true for the individual may not be true for the group, the state, or the international system, and vice versa. Does this suggest that ethics is personal, not institutional or governmental? For you, at what levels does ethical choice live?

Top Risks and Ethical Decisions | 01/23/09 What is true for the individual may not be true for the group, the state, or the international system, and vice versa. Does this suggest that ethics is personal, not institutional or governmental? For you, at what levels does ethical choice live?

Choosing between Markets, Regulation, and Rewards | 01/16/09 This short video on ethics asks: How can we resolve the financial melt-down and prevent another? Solutions focus on free markets, regulation, or rewards. Perhaps we should balance all three? But how? How can we resolve the financial melt-down and prevent another? Solutions focus on free markets, regulation, or rewards. Perhaps we should balance all three? But how?

Global Ethics Corner: Choosing between Markets, Regulation, and Rewards | 01/16/09 How can we resolve the financial melt-down and prevent another? Solutions focus on free markets, regulation, or rewards. Perhaps we should balance all three? How?

Global Ethics Corner: Is my Country Doing Right by Me? | 01/09/09 What criteria do you emphasize when deciding "How is my country doing?" Are you proud of how your country compares with the world?

Is my Country Doing Right by Me? | 01/09/09 What criteria do you emphasize when deciding "How is my country doing?" Are you proud of how your country compares with the world?

Morgenthau and the New Administration | 01/02/09 Should we observe Morgenthau's principles--avoid the crusading spirit and heed others' perspectives--or is promoting democracy and taking a forceful stand indispensable to U.S. foreign policy?

Global Ethics Corner: Morgenthau and the New Administration | 01/02/09 Should we observe Morgenthau's principles--avoid the crusading spirit and heed others' perspectives--or is promoting democracy and taking a forceful stand indispensable to U.S. foreign policy?

Global Ethics Corner: Trade Liberalization and the Financial Crisis | 12/19/08 What does the financial crisis imply? Should we liberalize trade on agriculture and services? Or should we protect domestic producers?

Trade Liberalization and the Financial Crisis | 12/19/08 This short video on ethics asks: What does the financial crisis imply? Should we liberalize trade on agriculture and services? Or should we protect domestic producers?What does the financial crisis imply? Should we liberalize trade on agriculture and services? Or should we protect domestic producers?

Global Ethics Corner: Robots, the Battlefield, and Ethics | 12/12/08 Can intelligent robot soldiers be designed to be more ethical in battle than human soldiers? Would you prefer a robot or a human deciding about the possibility of civilian casualties, about collateral damage?

Robots, the Battlefield, and Ethics | 12/12/08 Can intelligent robot soldiers be designed to be more ethical in battle than human soldiers? Would you prefer a robot or a human deciding about the possibility of civilian casualties, about collateral damage?

Global Ethics Corner: Fear and the Financial Implosion | 12/05/08 This short audio on ethics asks: Will our responses to the financial crisis be constructive, or will panic cloud our judgments? How do you face fear in a time of crisis?

Global Ethics Corner: Market Capitalism Questioned | 12/05/08 This short audio on ethics asks: Will people associate U.S. power with "global misery" or with the opportunity and pluralism that Obama's victory represents? There is clearly a need to reflect on the future of market capitalism.

Fear and the Financial Implosion | 12/05/08 This short video on ethics asks: Will our responses to the financial crisis be constructive, or will panic cloud our judgments? How do you face fear in a time of crisis?Will our responses to the financial crisis be constructive, or will panic cloud our judgments?

Market Capitalism Questioned | 11/28/08 This short video on ethics asks: Will people associate U.S. power with "global misery" or with the opportunity and pluralism that Obama's victory represents? There is clearly a need to reflect on the future of market capitalism.

Global Ethics Corner: Can Effective Leaders be Ethical Leaders? | 11/23/08 Are ethics primary questions that precede and surround practical leadership? Are these daily questions that inform each political decision?

Can Effective Leaders be Ethical Leaders? | 11/21/08 Are ethics primary questions that precede and surround practical leadership? Are these daily questions that inform each political decision?

Global Ethics Corner--Obama: Hope and Change, but for Whom? | 11/17/08 How will President Obama deal with the hopes and fears of people abroad? Will his priority be the interests of the United States or will the welfare of those beyond America’s borders also count?

Global Ethics Corner: Disaster Relief and Ethics | 11/17/08 We enter a slippery ethical slope when we begin to make distinctions between victims. When can an individual's rights be set aside?

Obama: Hope and Change, but for Whom? | 11/14/08 How will President Obama deal with the hopes and fears of people abroad? Will his priority be the interests of the United States or will the welfare of those beyond America’s borders also count?

Disaster Relief and Ethics | 11/07/08 We enter a slippery ethical slope when we begin to make distinctions between victims. When can an individual's rights be set aside?

Global Ethics Corner: Slow Versus Fast Food | 11/03/08 Is fast food an ethical as well as a dietary issue? Yes, says the slow-food movement whose motto is: good, clean, fair food. Let's look at this claim more closely.

Slow Versus Fast Food | 10/31/08 Is fast food an ethical as well as a dietary issue? Yes, says the slow-food movement whose motto is: good, clean, fair food. Let's look at this claim more closely.

Global Ethics Corner: McCain and Obama: The Public Diplomacy Dance | 10/27/08 The presidential candidates assert that America must renew its global moral authority, but they dance, offering no solutions. Let's take a closer look.

Global Ethics Corner: U.S. Elections and World Opinion | 10/27/08 Should the opinions of the world be important in American elections? This is a crucial question in applied ethics as we choose a president.

McCain and Obama: The Public Diplomacy Dance | 10/24/08 The presidential candidates assert that America must renew its global moral authority, but they dance, offering no solutions. Let’s take a closer look.

U.S. Elections and World Opinion | 10/17/08 Should the opinion of the world be important in American elections? This is a crucial question in applied ethics as we choose a president.

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