- Book Review: Northern Ireland’s Ghosts, Living in Plain Sight
Even though much of the fighting in Northern Ireland has subsided, how has the lack of true reconciliation in the region influenced its society? This book review of Patrick Radden Keefe's "Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland" was originally published by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and is reposted with kind permission.
- The Crack-Up: 1919 & the Birth of Fundamentalism, with Matthew Avery Sutton
Washington State's Matthew Avery Sutton tells the story of a Minneapolis pastor named William Belly Riley and the rise of Christian fundamentalism in the post-World War I years. From concerns about FDR and the New Deal to the Trump administration's anti-Obamacare rhetoric--and a consistently "apocalyptic worldview"--Sutton and historian Ted Widmer trace the influence of this movement over the past century.
- Global Ethics Weekly: Liberal Democracy, Empathy, & AI, with Alexander Görlach
In this wide-ranging talk, Carnegie Council Senior Fellow Alexander Görlach discusses the importance of empathy in liberal democracies, the shocking Uyghur detention in China, and how AI is affecting all facets of society. What does liberalism look like in 2019? How will technology change democracy and religion?
- Just Out: "Ethics & International Affairs" Spring 2019 Issue
This issue features a roundtable examining how states and other actors balance legal norms, moral values, and national interests in various policy areas. It also contains an essay on being human in an age of artificial intelligence; a review essay taking a philosophical look at inequalities; and much more.
- The Crack-Up: Ireland's Quest for Self-Determination, with Christopher L. Pastore
In the third podcast in The Crack-Up series, which looks at how 1919 shaped the modern world, Ted Widmer discusses the story of the Irish Declaration of Independence with fellow historian Christopher Pastore. Although the declaration was signed in 1919, Ireland's quest for self-determination would last for decades. How did America influence these developments? What did the Irish leaders think about nationalism so soon after World War I?
- Wellbeing in Northern Ireland, 20 Years After the Good Friday Agreement, with Senator George J. Mitchell
"Much has been said and written about the long and difficult road that led us to the Agreement in April of 1998. Many have deservedly received credit for their roles, but the real heroes of the Agreement were the people and the political leaders of Northern Ireland," declares Senator George Mitchell, who played a leading role in the Belfast Good Friday Agreement. Don't miss this moving and very personal speech.
- An Introduction to "Wellbeing in Northern Ireland" with Carnegie UK Trust's Martyn Evans
When Andrew Carnegie set up the Carnegie UK Trust, his mandate was short and to the point: Its mission is improve the wellbeing of the people of the United Kingdom, a task that Carnegie realized would change over time as people's needs changed. "The Trust is required to take risk," says its CEO Martyn Evans, who gives an overview of their work today, including libraries and research on towns, fulfilling work, and digital futures.
- Where is Northern Ireland Now? with Peter Weir & Máirtín Ó Muilleoir
Peter Weir of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Máirtín Ó Muilleoir of Sinn Féin give their views on the situation in Northern Ireland, from the still unresolved collapse of the government in 2017 to the uncertainties over Brexit. Both agree that while there has been tremendous progress since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, there is still much to be done--and according to Ó Muilleoir, many citizens are still not receiving equal treatment.
- The Northern Ireland We Have--the Challenges
In this panel Theresa Donaldson, former chief executive of Lisburn City and Castlereagh District Council, Quintin Oliver, director of Stratagem International, and Rolf Alter, formerly of OECD describe the usefulness of the Carnegie UK Trust wellbeing framework in confronting the challenges of Northern Ireland; how it is working out in practice; and the importance of grassroots organizing.
- Global Ethics Weekly: Americans & Putin's Russia, with Nikolas Gvosdev
Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev looks at the reasons for the growing favorability ratings towards Putin's Russia among a certain segment of the American population. Is this a function of Trump's personal affection for the Russian president? Or, as has been seen in France and other European nations, are there deeper cultural and political connections?
- Global Ethics Weekly: Truth & Identity Politics, with Alexander Görlach
Carnegie Council Senior Fellow Alexander Görlach and host Alex Woodson speak about identity politics in the United States and Europe from their different perspectives. They also discuss how religion and the recent Mexican election fits in to these narratives.
- Carnegie Council Presents Materials in French and English from Year-Long Research Project, "Russian Soft Power in France"
This year-long project explored Russian influence in French political parties and civil society institutions today. The research includes historical background on relations between France and Russia, which is essential to an understanding of the current situation. This valuable case study on France sheds light on Russia's soft power strategies to bolster allied political parties in established European democracies.
- Guatemala's German Connection & Latin American Unity, with Henning Andrés Droege
What is Guatemala's German connection and how has it changed over time? What is Guatemala's role in geopolitics? Could Latin America form a similar organization to the EU and thus tap into the tremendous potential for synergy among Latin American countries? Learn more, in this fascinating conversation with entrepreneur and former diplomat Henning Andrés Droege.
- Russian Soft Power in France, with Marlene Laruelle & Jean-Yves Camus
It's important to understand that Russia and France have had a centuries-long relationship which is mostly positive, say French scholars Marlene Laruelle and Jean-Yves Camus. Today there are layers of close economic and cultural ties, as well as common geopolitical interests, and the French extreme right and Russia share many of the same conservative values. Thus the remarkable strength of Russian influence in France is not surprising.
- LGBT Rights & International Affairs in Mexico, with Genaro Lozano
Professor Genaro Lozano of Ibero-American University in Mexico City is also a TV presenter, columnist, and LGBT activist. He discusses the long history and current "fragmented scenario" of LGBT rights in Mexico and other Latin American countries and also explores U.S.-Mexico relations, especially since Trump's election. Meanwhile Mexico is not standing still. It has free trade agreements with the EU and others, and China may be next.
- "Samuel Huntington ignored Latin America as part of the West," says Homero Aridjis
For Homero Aridjis, a distinguished Mexican poet, author, activist, and diplomat, "the West" means countries that follow Greco-Latin culture--not Anglo-Saxon culture, he says pointedly. So why is Latin America ignored? Centuries ago, the Spaniards brought architecture, philosophy, religion, art, and literature to Latin America. In many ways these nations are keeping Western culture alive, he argues, as Europeans lose their Western identity.
- Normalizing Intolerance in Indonesia, with Sandra Hamid
"Indonesian civil societies and academics are very good at collecting cases of discrimination," says Sandra Hamid, author of "Normalizing Intolerance." "But what we don't have is the ethnography of the everyday life of discrimination, things that are not necessarily discrimination with a capital D; this is like your daily experience." Today we see myriad examples of the gradual normalization of belittling and isolating non-Muslims.
- Is Indonesia Becoming Like Pakistan? with Andreas Harsono
The maximum penalty for blasphemy in Pakistan is death, and public protest is not allowed. Indonesia is nowhere near as bad as this--yet. "Indonesia is now going down the Pakistan route," says Andreas Harsono of Human Rights Watch. "There are more and more political manipulations using the blasphemy law, and there are more and more discriminatory regulations against minorities in Indonesia."
- On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, with Timothy Snyder
Can tyranny happen here? asks historian Timothy Snyder. His chilling answer is, "it can happen, it happens to people like us, and it is happening now." How can we fight back? Snyder offers 20 lessons; the first is the most important, as if we fail in this one it will be too late for the others: "Don't obey in advance. Most of the power of authoritarianism is freely given." Have the courage to take a stand--easy to say, but difficult to do.
- Russian Soft Power in France: Assessing Moscow's Cultural and Business Para-diplomacy
Don't miss this fascinating account that maps Russian soft power in France by looking at networks that are not directly state-produced: diaspora organizations, those linked to business, the major Orthodox foundations, the Russian Orthodox Church, and the think tanks and media realms.