- Transactionalism and U.S. Foreign Aid
A draft of a new presidential directive on American foreign aid suggests that transactionalism will shift from being a rhetorical device to an actual defining principle. How will the continued departure from the pre-2016 bipartisan consensus impact the foreign aid community?
- Foreign Policy & the 2020 Democratic Candidates, with Nikolas Gvosdev
Will Joe Biden's "restorationist" foreign policy resonate with voters? What would a "progressive" approach to international relations look like for Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders? What role will foreign policy play in the 2020 Election? Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev looks at these questions and more as he and host Alex Woodson discuss a crowded 2020 Democratic primary field.
- Global Ethics Weekly: Violence & Nationalism in India & the U.S., with Suchitra Vijayan
As founder and executive director of the Polis Project, a research and journalism organization, Suchitra Vijayan is helping to document a concerning trend of identity-based violence in India. She discusses her organization's work on this issue, the violence's connection to a rise in nationalism in India since Prime Minister Modi came to power, and some imperfect parallels with the contentious political climate in the United States.
- India in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know, with Mira Kamdar
What are the challenges that will have the most impact on India's future? Award-winning author Mira Kamdar puts climate change and environmental degradion at the top of the list, including rising sea levels and scarcity of resources. Next is the problem of poverty and unemployment--India has to generate nearly a million new jobs a month for young people joining the workforce. Kamdar also discusses the rise of Hindu nationalism and much more.
- Why is the Media Unfair to the United Nations?
Journalist Javier Delgado Rivera covers the UN regularly. He lays out the many and complex reasons why the media coverage of the UN focuses on the organization's faults and failures rather than its achievements and successes, and explains how the UN is trying to counter this.
- It's Better than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear, with Gregg Easterbrook
Today, many feel paralyzed by the constant stream of bad news. Yet as Gregg Easterbrook shows, statistics on crime, poverty, and longevity prove that things are actually getting better, both in the United States and most of the world. So why do we see the world in such a negative light? Is it a coincidence that this trend started in 2004, the same year that Facebook was created?
- The Lonely Resistance: Protesting Chinese Resource Exploitation on the Tibetan Plateau
China has dammed every major river in Tibet with many more dams in the planning stage. This and the pollution of waters through mining have created serious problems for Tibetans and those in neighboring countries. Despite political repression and profound isolation, Tibetans are struggling to make these dire conditions known to the rest of the world.
- Southern Africa, a Region Chronically at Risk
Southern Africa is preparing for a humanitarian disaster. Daniel Sinnathamby, regional humanitarian coordinator for Oxfam in the region, talks about the circumstances that are making this year especially challenging.
- "World Hunger: Ten Myths" by Frances Moore Lappé and Joseph Collins
Chapter by chapter, Frances Moore Lappé and her co-authors demolish the myths that have long prevented us from addressing hunger, and examine the policies that keep people from feeding themselves.
- Can the University Help Make Better Cities?
We need 21st-century institutions for 21st-century urbanization and cities. If we have the courage to reimagine and remake them, universities can be at the heart of this project.
- Building Cities from Scratch: Is There a Formula for a Sustainable City?
In the contemporary urban development industry ideas travel in the context of a commercial transaction in which practitioners are hired to provide a service.
- American Century, Asian Century, or Nobody's Century?
Is the American century coming to a close, and if so, what's taking its place? Was there ever an American century to begin with? These questions have been around for at least a decade, but are still under debate. In this lively discussion, three experts with different perspectives give their opinions and forecasts for the future.
- Can Mobile Technology Help Make Sustainable Business a Reality?
How can we bridge the disconnect between the growing interest of business and finance in the sustainability agenda and more decisive action towards better social and environmental outcomes?
- Wealth and Resource Consumption of Megacities
How can megacities address global environmental challenges? A new study shows how ultra-dense city planning can be part of the solution.
- Possible Future Worlds: Essays by Carnegie Council's Ethics Fellows for the Future
This booklet is the result of a six-month online course taken by the Ethics Fellows for the Future, based on Carnegie Council Fellow Thong Nguyen's e-book, "Of All Possible Future Worlds: Global Trends, Values, and Ethics."
- China's Disruptors: How Alibaba, Xiaomi, Tencent, and Other Companies are Changing the Rules of Business
Entrepreneurs emerging from China are redefining the nature of business—not just in China, but everywhere in the world. The new millionaires and billionaires are determined to ride that wave of growth and see how they can shape it to serve their own ends.
- "The problems are so huge I can't be pessimistic"
A conversation with Cesar Harada, inventor, environmentalist, and entrepreneur, on oceans, the difficulties of founding a startup, and letting curiosity guide your learning.
- It's Time for a U.S.-Canada Electric Auto Pact
The Canada-U.S. auto pact of 1965 was a major milestone, but it is time for a renewed vision for Canada-U.S. automotive cooperation and for governments to get behind electric vehicles.
- The UN's Efforts in International Development: Relevant or Not?
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.
- What Makes a City Great? It's not the Liveability but the Loveability
A conversation about cities, suburbs, and the consequences of exporting the "Western" city model to the world with Ethan Kent, senior vice president of Project for Public Spaces.