Empowering Ethics in 2022

Ethical challenges in the year 2022

Ethics as a Force for Good

In 2022, we've faced unprecedented upheaval as countries and individuals retreat from multilateralism, embrace nationalism, and attack democratic norms. Society is grappling with the impact of emerging technologies and its own climate footprint as partisanship and fracturing into echo chambers challenge notions of shared goals.

However, it’s vital that we do not lose hope. We believe that ethics can act as a guiding light for that hope and help address our greatest global challenges. By empowering ethics as a force for good, we can discover common values that lead to a better future.

Below, you’ll find key resources from 2022 curated by Carnegie Council’s Communications Team.
This Year In Review highlights some of our favorite articles, newsletters, podcasts, and events from 2022 beginning with a featured column from President Joel Rosenthal.

Joel H. Rosenthal headshot, 2019. CREDIT: Amanda Ghanooni

Joel Rosenthal, president of Carnegie Council. CREDIT: Amanda Ghannoni.

Five Moments That Will Shape Ethics in International Affairs for 2023

Joel Rosenthal, president of Carnegie Council, writes that an essential feature of ethics is that it is a universal way of thinking. It transcends race, tribe, gender, affiliation, and identity. Perhaps this is its superpower in these days of fragmented politics–both domestic and international.

One can think of ethics and virtues as a companion–real, immediate, useful, unmysterious, and ready to be deployed as a tool to address global-scale challenges.

As 2022 gives way to 2023, there are certainly reasons for both pessimism and optimism. However, a little attention to the virtues at the heart of our shared challenges will go a long way toward pointing us in the right direction. Here are five recent moments that will shape ethics in international affairs in 2023 . . .

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Recapping the Ninth Annual Global Ethics Day


2022 Global Ethics Day Infographic

Six Questions for New Surveillance Tech, with Arthur Holland Michel

For Global Ethics Day, Senior Fellow Arthur Holland Michel looks at issues connected to emerging technology and privacy. How will these systems be used? Who is accountable when accidents happen?

"The best way to address these questions is to have an honest, inclusive discourse where everyone has a voice," says Michel, a member of the Artificial Intelligence & Equality Initiative Board of Advisors.

A Conversation with Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Ethics, Diplomacy, & Public Service

In a June event, Carnegie Council President Joel Rosenthal spoke with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield about her role at the UN, the importance of diversity in the Foreign Service, and more.

In 2023, Carnegie Council looks forward to:

Identifying current and future critical ethical issues

Convening leading experts and thinkers

Creating communities and activating constituencies

Framing ethical perspectives and engaging with audiences around the world