Carnegie Council Launches New Initiative on U.S. Global Engagement

Oct 28, 2008


October 28, 2008

Contact: Madeleine Lynn Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs (212) 838-4120 ext. 222, email: [email protected]

Carnegie Council Launches New Initiative on U.S. Global Engagement

New York NY--The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is pleased to announce the launch of the "U.S. Global Engagement Program." The program will consist of a series of case studies, entailing a three-tiered focus: 1. U.S. relations with partners among the established democracies, including the NATO alliance. 2. U.S. relations with what might be termed "problematical allies," such as Russia and Pakistan. 3. U.S. relations with states which are deemed "of deep concern," such as Iran and Syria.

"The way America does business with the world, or U.S. global engagement, is arguably the most critical, indeed the most generic foreign policy issue of the day," says Program Director David C. Speedie. "The lesson of the unruly post-Cold War environment has surely been that, on a raft of new or exacerbated security challenges, a multilateral approach is not just morally appealing, but strategically smart."

The program's initial project, made possible by the generous support of the Alfred and Jane Ross Foundation, focuses on the U.S. relationship with Russia.

On October 16, Speedie hosted the program's first public event, Russia and Georgia: How Did We Get There and What's Next?

The speaker was Oksana Antonenko, Senior Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. Ms. Antonenko has had an extensive involvement in the region, including her role as facilitator of an extended track two negotiation process in 2005 between Georgian and South Ossetian senior officials and experts.

For the video, audio, and transcript of this event, plus an interview with Ms. Antonenko and previous David Speedie interviews on Russia with Ambassador Jack Matlock and Susan Eisenhower, go to the Carnegie Council website The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, established in 1914 by Andrew Carnegie, is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing understanding of the relationship between ethics and international affairs. The Carnegie Council's mission is to be the voice for ethics in international policy. It convenes agenda-setting forums and creates educational opportunities and information resources for a worldwide audience of teachers and students, journalists, international affairs professionals, and concerned citizens.

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