- Protests in Perspective: Racial Justice & Democracy in 2021, with Adom Getachew
One year after the global protests in response to the murder of George Floyd, where are we in terms of racial justice? In this podcast, University of Chicago's Adom Getachew looks back on the Carnegie Council/Open Society University Network "Protests in Perspective" series and discusses some early impressions of the Biden administration and details the status of protest movements around the world. Where has progress been made? How can we continue to move these conversations and actions forward?
- The Ethics of Personal Data Collection: A Spectrum of Experiences from Kenya, India, and The Gambia
Many advocates now depend on mobile apps and crowdsourced data to address violations of human rights, such as physical assaults on women in India. In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it is imperative to ask how inappropriate and illegal use of personal data by companies is likely to intersect with civil society movements and digital humanitarianism, particularly in areas of limited statehood.
- Roadmap to Hell: Sex, Drugs and Guns on the Mafia Coast, with Barbie Latza Nadeau
Rome-based journalist Barbie Latza Nadeau tells the horrifying story of the thousands of Nigerian women and girls duped into being trafficked to Italy, where they are forced to become sex slaves, drug mules, or weapons smugglers. How can this be stopped? The Nigerian government turns a blind eye, Libya, the transit point, is a failed state, and Italy is overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of migrants--plus prostitution is legal there.
- "Modern Slavery" with Siddharth Kara
In his third book on slavery, which took 16 years of research, Siddharth Kara calculates that there are roughly 31 million slaves worldwide, at least half of them in South Asia. We need to apply much more resources and compassion to end "this horrible indignity."
- Foreign Affairs & U.S. History Materials, Curated for High School Teachers by a Teacher
The new Worksheets & Excerpts section of Carnegie Council's online educational resources includes material useful for comparative government, world history, and U.S. history courses, and is specially designed for high school teachers.
- A Conversation with Sarah Chayes on Corruption and Global Security
Around the world from Afghanistan to Nigeria, systemic corruption is fueling instability, declares Sarah Chayes in this electrifying conversation. And the United States and other enablers are part of the problem. "If we don't prioritize corruption more—and that means here as well as there—the world is going to become an increasingly dangerous place."
- Measures for Nigeria to Reach the Objective "Make Cities and Human Settlements Inclusive, Safe, Resilient, and Sustainable" in the Next 15 Years
"I have always seen my dear country as the proverbial elephant up a tree: I do not understand how come it got there, but I sense it's surely going to fall," writes Nigerian student Agbeyo Temitope. Nevertheless, he believes the Sustainable Development Goals are achievable in Nigeria. His first concerns are eliminating terrorism and disease.
- When CEOs Become Activists
Corporate leaders' influence reaches beyond the walls of their businesses. How do they use that power, and what are the ethical, business, and political consequences? Discover how BP's John Browne and Shell's Mark Moody-Stuart influenced politics in oil-producing countries and how Browne and Apple's Tim Cook weighed in on LGBT issues. *This podcast was amended on August 3, 2015; see transcript.
- American Energy Challenges and Global Leadership in the Years Ahead
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?
- The Eleventh Hour: The Legacy and the Lessons of World War I
One hundred years after the First World War, boundaries established after the armistice at the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" still shape many of today's conflicts, from ISIS's invasion of Mosul to Boko Haram's kidnapping of schoolgirls. What lessons have we learned from WWI? Just as important, what have we still not learned?
- Nigeria and the Horror of Boko Haram
"Like other radical insurgencies, Boko Haram is fueled by poor governance, political marginalization, and its region's deepening impoverishment," says former Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell. "However, it is also shaped by specifically Nigerian circumstances and factors." This talk helps us understand Boko Haram's roots, ideology, and goals.
- "What's Needed Is the Emergence of a New Mind-Set" by Ademola Adekunbi
"We must each work to remove the labels that we have imbibed over the years. Black does not equal gangster; Muslim does not equal terrorist; and Nigerian does not equal scammer."
- Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2015
"The world in 2015 looks a lot more dangerous, a lot more vulnerable," says global political risk specialist Ian Bremmer in his annual forecast. He notes that while the United States and China, the world's largest and second-largest economies, are doing better economically, the global environment is geopolitically much worse.
- Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy
What are the requirements for a liberal democracy? It's not just voting, says Fukuyama. It needs a distinction between public and private interest; rule of law; and accountability. Although the U.S. started off as a weak, corrupt state, it became a liberal democracy. Yet all political systems are subject to decay, and that's what's happening to the U.S. today.
- 3 Tools for Turning Fragile States into Inclusive Societies
In Seth Kaplan's new book he identifies three tools for successful development in fragile states: social cohesion, an inclusive ideology, and incentives for elites.
- Honorable Mention, "Moral Leadership" Essay Contest, 2013
Ebuka Francis Okoli cites examples of many inspiring moral leaders, including Mother Teresa, Peter Benenson, founder of Amnesty International, and Dora Nkem Akunyili, former head of Nigeria's Food and Drug Administration.
- What the World Bank Does Not Understand About "Doing Business"
The World Bank's research on Doing Business fails to focus on the obstacles that matter most to entrepreneurs in emerging markets.
- Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles
Which countries will be the next big thing? Most follow a four-point cycle, says Sharma: "You have economic crisis. They carry out economic reforms. After they carry out economic reforms, some sort of boom takes place. Then complacency sets in, and then you get back to having a crisis." So beware! Economic development is extremely hard to sustain.
- Social Covenants Must Precede Social Contracts
Fragile states that do not first forge a social covenant will later find it difficult to codify justice in a social contract.
- Winners of the 2012 International Student/Teacher Essay Contest, "Ethics for a Connected World"
Carnegie Council announces the results of its annual International Student/Teacher Essay Contest. Winners are from Finland, India, Japan, Nigeria, the Philippines, Sweden, and the USA, with honorable mentions for essays from Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, and the USA.