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Interview with Shefa Siegel on Liberia, Ebola, and the Cult of Bankable Projects Shefa Siegel, Zach Dorfman It's not for lack of money that international organizations failed to prevent the disastrous spread of Ebola, says Shefa Siegel. It's for lack of flexibility and an inability to develop a comprehensive picture of what's going on and what the development needs are in any given country--take Liberia, which has only 50 doctors for its population of 4 million.

Education for Employment's Mariel Davis: Job Creation in the Arab World | 05/26/2015 Mariel Davis, Alex Woodson The Middle East and North Africa is a particularly challenging region to create employment for young people and women, says Mariel Davis. Yet Education for Employment helps generate opportunities in unexpected and creative ways.

Crisis in Yemen: Instability on the Arabian Peninsula | 05/22/2015 Bernard Haykel In this grim, masterful talk Bernard Haykel explains the complex historical background and current realities of the crisis in Yemen. In doing so, he analyzes key foreign players: the Saudis, now with a new king, whose favorite son is playing a major role; the Iranians and their proxy, Hezbollah; and the Americans, whose policy he describes as "catastrophic."

Ethics Fellows for the Future: Where is the World Heading? | 05/20/2015
Ethics Fellows for the Future (EFFs) are the next generation of scholars, policymakers, and practitioners. They are student mentees of Carnegie Council's worldwide network of Global Ethics Fellows. The Council challenged them to think deeply about the values that should guide international relations for the next twenty years. Here's a taste of the results.

Ethical Negotiation: Not an Oxymoron | 05/18/2015 Max H. Bazerman, Hal Movius, Steve Satterwhite, Ashlee Vance, Amber Kiwan, Julia Taylor Kennedy In this second podcast in our collaboration with EthicalSystems.org, we examine negotiation. Turning again to behavioral science for insight, we learn that transparency and prioritizing joint gains can keep negotiations above-board, and might help companies avoid the pitfalls that beset Dell Computers a few years ago.

The UN's Efforts in International Development: Relevant or Not? | 05/19/2015 David M. Malone Which development initiatives really work? Drawing on his personal and professional experience, the UN's David Malone notes that experts' projects often fail and there are many paths to growth--take India and China, for example. The trend now is to move away from grand schemes. What's important are each group's social preferences.

Israel, Iran, and ISIL: A Report on Security Challenges for the Greater Middle East | 05/14/2015 Charles D. Freilich, David C. Speedie Charles Freilich, former Israeli deputy national security advisor, speaks on a wide-ranging set of topics, from Israel's post-election domestic politics to external threats from ISIL--and why the May 2 preliminary agreement between the P5 + 1 and Iran may be seen as a positive development for Israel.

Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution | 05/11/2015 Mona Eltahawy, Naureen Chowdhury Fink The Middle East needs a double revolution--not just a political one, but a social/sexual one as well, says fiery, courageous feminist Mona Eltahawy. It's time to destroy the oppressive patriarchy of "the trifecta:" the state, the street, and the home. But Arab women don't need "rescuing." Misogyny exists everywhere in varying degrees. Fight it at your own, local level.

Full Planet, Empty Plates | 05/07/2015 Lester R. Brown, Janet Larsen "We are in transition today from an age of surpluses to an age of scarcity," says Lester Brown. The reasons are manifold: population growth; climate change; water scarcity; a substantial part of the U.S. grain harvest being used for fuel; increased demands because of rising affluence; and a glass ceiling for crop yields.

The Ethics Police?: The Struggle to Make Human Research Safe | 05/01/2015 Robert L. Klitzman, Joanne J. Myers When it comes to medical research using human beings, who decides what's right? How do the U.S. institutional review boards work? What does "informed consent" mean when you need a law degree to understand the consent forms? How are clinical trails conducted overseas? Dr. Klitzman explores these troubling and complex ethical concerns.

Defending our Borders vs. Defending our Liberties: ACLU's Anthony D. Romero | 04/29/2015 Anthony D. Romero, James Traub From the NSA and the kill list, to the failure to close Guantanamo and prosecute those who committed torture, Obama's national security policies are not substantively different from those of George W. Bush, laments Romero. He also discusses 9/11, the history of the ACLU, and the troubling privatization of U.S. prisons.

Blueprint for Revolution: How to Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men, and Other Nonviolent Techniques to Galvanize Communities, Overthrow Dictators, or Simply Change the World | 04/27/2015 Srdja Popovic, Tina Rosenberg In the late 1990s, using humor, irony, and imagination, Popovic and his friends toppled Serbian dictator Milošević. They went on to found CANVAS, which now advises activists in more than 15 countries. Popovic explains that nonviolent struggle is a teachable skill, and that nonviolence is not only the most ethical, but the most successful path to revolution.

Are We At War With Islam? | 04/17/2015 Jocelyne Cesari, David C. Speedie In Europe, both non-Muslims and Muslims need to honestly confront and contend with the stereotypes, anxieties, and resentments they have about each other, says Professor Cesari in this probing conversation on Muslims in Europe.

Ethical Systems Design: Bringing Behavioral Science Into Corporate Life | 04/13/2015 Sarah J. Dahlgren, Jack Ewing, Jonathan Haidt, Mark W. Olson, Ann Tenbrunsel, Julia Taylor Kennedy This is the first in a series of podcasts in collaboration with EthicalSystems.org to explore behavioral science in the workplace. In this installment, we're turning to the financial industry, specifically Deutsche Bank and the Federal Reserve, to explore how the financial system is beginning to apply behavioral economics to incentivize ethical decision-making.

Juan Cole on Europe's Muslims and More | 04/16/2015 Juan Cole, David C. Speedie In this enlightening conversation, Professor Cole, an expert in relations between the Muslim world and the West, gives an on-the-ground perspective on the Iran nuclear talks and the reaction to them in the Arab world, Muslims in Europe, Yemen, ISIS, and much more.

The Paradox of Liberation | 04/13/2015 Michael Walzer Many of the successful campaigns for national liberation after World War II were based on democratic and secular ideals. Michael Walzer asks: What went wrong? Why have states such as India, Israel, and Algeria been unable to reproduce their political culture beyond one or two generations?

Militarization in India & Beyond: Suchitra Vijayan & the Borderlands Project | 04/07/2015 Suchitra Vijayan, Alex Woodson What's it like to live in a disputed, militarized border region with a tangled history? In this fascinating podcast, Carnegie New Leader Suchitra Vijayan discusses two such places: Arunachal Pradesh, which lies along the Tibet/India border, and the much fought-over Kashmir. She also talks about her 2009 trip across Sudan.

P5 + 1 + Iran: Report on the Ongoing Nuclear Talks | 04/08/2015 Seyed Hossein Mousavian, David C. Speedie Speaking on the very day of the nuclear accord, Ambassador Mousavian explains why he believes the agreement is positive progress for both sides. And in a candid and forthright discussion with the audience, he explains the Iranian perspective on Israel, the U.S.-Israel relationship, ISIS, and also the workings of the Iranian government.

American Energy Challenges and Global Leadership in the Years Ahead | 04/06/2015 Helima Croft, John M. Deutch, David Gordon, Marc Lipschultz, Elizabeth Rosenberg Thanks to new technologies for extracting oil and natural gas, such as hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), the United States is now the biggest producer of energy in the world. What do plummeting energy prices mean for sellers and consumers around the world--and what will be the likely consequences for climate change?

Introduction to "Ethics & International Affairs," Spring 2015 | 03/24/2015 Zach Dorfman In this podcast, Zach Dorfman introduces the spring 2015 issue of "Ethics & International Affairs." Topics include a symposium on imagining a "Drone Accountability Regime"; Liberia, Ebola, and the "Cult of Bankable Projects"; moral and political responsibility in world politics; and space, drones, and just war.

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