- Illiberal Democracy on the Rise: Examining Brazil, Hungary, & India
The post-World War II liberal order faces unprecedented upheaval as countries and their leaders retreat from globalism, embrace nationalism, and attack democratic norms. Whether it’s Bolsonaro in Brazil, Orbán in Hungary, or Modi in India--illiberalism is on the rise. Carnegie Council President Joel H. Rosenthal hosts a virtual panel to assess the current threats against democracy in Brazil, Hungary, and India; discuss steps to support a revival of democratic values globally; and finally, examine the question: Is democracy an ethical standard?
- Narrowing Hearts and Minds: Diagnosing the Global Rise of Illiberal Democracy
From Hungary to India to Brazil to the United States, there is no doubt that illiberalism is on the rise, writes Joel Rosenthal, president of Carnegie Council. Just as the world is becoming more connected, hearts and minds are constricting in ways that are sure to be self-defeating. But if we act quickly, we can use this moment as an opportunity to better understand this alarming trend and detect the problems within liberal democracy itself.
- Creative Reflections on the History & Role of AI Ethics, with Wendell Wallach
How is the new global digital economy taking form? What are the trade-offs? Who are the stakeholders? How do we build “participatory intelligence”? In this wide-ranging AI & Equality Initiative podcast, Senior Fellow Anja Kaspersen speaks with Carnegie-Uehiro Fellow Wendell Wallach about the history of computational and human ethics and their synergies and conflicts, the growing impact of AI on society, how to make sure that this technology works for everyone, and much more. Wendell Wallach has occupied a unique role in the evolution of AI ethics and shares creative insights on how we ought to tackle the challenges brought to the fore by the bio/digital revolution.
- Vaccine Diplomacy versus Vaccine Nationalism: Synthesis or Dissonance?
In response to Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev's blog post on "vaccine diplomacy vs. vaccine nationalism" Samuel Owusu-Antwi, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Ghana, asks whether these two ideas can be synthesized to promote the "greater good." Should the U.S. look to "cosmopolitan ethics" to help nations struggling with COVID-19?
- Vaccine Nationalism versus Vaccine Diplomacy
Health security is a fundamental "doorstep" issue in terms of the intersection of domestic and foreign policy. In this blog post, U.S. Global Engagement Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev notes that the ethical imperative to share resources has been limited or even suddenly curtailed by nations when it appeared there might be shortages of COVID-19 vaccines or treatments. What are the merits of cosmopolitan humanitarian critiques of vaccine nationalism?
- Are Americans Facing an Undemocratic Future? with Jason Stanley
U.S. democracy is at a dangerous inflection point. As America emerges from the January 6th assault on the Capitol, society faces a critical question: Can democracy bounce back or are Americans facing an undemocratic future? Carnegie Council President Joel Rosenthal and Yale's Jason Stanley discuss how to undo the damage done to U.S. institutions and the rise of nationalism around the world, from India to Brazil to Hungary.
- Global Ethics Review: "Homo Empathicus" & the Pandemic, with Alexander Görlach
As the world still struggles to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, Senior Fellow Alexander Görlach discusses his book "Homo Empathicus," the role of empathy in politics, and China and human rights. How can the Biden administration get American democracy back on the right track? How should democracies respond to China and author autocratic nations?
- Are Americans Facing an Undemocratic Future?
Faith in democracy is waning, and the events of the past year have done little to inspire confidence. Today, the presumption of democracy as an ethical standard has faltered. But while the current moment may look grim, American democracy has the ability to adapt and evolve, especially when it is paired with pluralism, writes Joel Rosenthal, president of Carnegie Council.
- Global Ethics Review: COVID-19 & International Relations, Part One
In this new podcast series, we'll be connecting Carnegie Council's work and current events with our senior fellows, senior staff, and friends of our organization. In this episode, we look back on one year of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on international relations, with clips of events from Spring 2020 and interviews with Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev and Carnegie Council President Joel Rosenthal. Has the pandemic increased cooperation or competition? What's the status of China after this past year?
- The Doorstep: Can the U.S. Regain the World's Trust? with Eurasia Group's Ali Wyne
Ali Wyne, senior analyst at Eurasia Group, joins “Doorstep” co-hosts Nick Gvosdev and Tatiana Serafin to assess if the Biden/Harris administration is delivering on its promises of restoring U.S. global engagement and making U.S. foreign policy work for the middle class. Is the current leadership team too much like Obama 1.0? Or can Biden/Harris appointees pivot U.S. policy to address new economic, technological, and geopolitical demands of a world that spent the past four years without American leadership?
- The Public Supports a Foreign Policy Approach that Prioritizes Building Collaborative Partnerships with Other Democratic States
This project on U.S. Global Engagement was launched in 2018. Following the two previous reports, "The Public Responds" includes findings from two surveys taken in 2020 accompanied by critical insights from Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev. These engaged and intellectually curious citizens interested in international affairs shared their opinions on how they think the foreign policies of the United States should move forward in 2021 and beyond.
- What is Asia to the U.S.? Connecting the Pacific Region to the American Doorstep, with Christopher Hill
In this wide-ranging conversation, Christopher Hill, former U.S. ambassador to South Korea, among other nations, and Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev discuss U.S.-Asian relations in the context of the 2020 election. How concerned should Americans be about China's aggressive foreign policy? What's the effect on allies like Japan and South Korea? How can diplomacy help to defuse some of the rising tensions?
- Human Security is National Security in a Time of Pandemic, with Derek Reveron
Professor Derek Reveron, chair of the U.S. Naval War College's National Security Affairs Department, discusses how subnational and transnational forces--namely, the COVID-19 pandemic--intersect with national security in this conversation with Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev. What are the implications for how politicians and policymakers conceptualize American foreign and defense policy in the 2020s? How should the U.S. reconsider the ways it looks at national security?
- Vox Populi: What Americans Think About Foreign Policy, with Dina Smeltz & Mark Hannah
What do Americans think about the role the United States should be playing in the world? How do they conceive of the different trade-offs between domestic and international affairs, among competing options and sets of interests and values? The Chicago Council on Global Affairs' Dina Smeltz and Eurasia Group Foundation's Mark Hannah share the results of surveys from their organizations in this conversation with Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev.
- China's Changing Role in the Pandemic-Driven World, with Amitai Etzioni & Nikolas Gvosdev
How has the pandemic changed U.S-China relations? How has it altered China's relationship with other nations and its geopolitical positioning? George Washington University's Amitai Etzioni and Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev discuss these questions and more as they break down "great power competition" in the era of COVID-19.
- Great Power Populism, COVID-19, & Missing Leadership, with Damjan Krnjević Mišković & Nikolas Gvosdev
What is "great power populism" and what does it mean during the pandemic? Are we heading towards another global conflict? And are there any leaders who can inspire the "international community" during a crisis? ADA University's Damjan Krnjević Mišković and Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev share their thoughts on the causes and characteristics of the ongoing "nervous breakdown" in the international system.
- China's Changing Role in the Pandemic-Driven World: A Dove's Perspective
What do China's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and U.S. reactions to China inform us about the relations between these two major powers? Is the growing U.S. animosity toward China, fostered by the White House as well as both political parties, justified? Amitai Etzioni shares his thoughts in an article for the U.S. Global Engagement program.
- COVID-19: Eroding the Ethics of Solidarity?
"Solidarity is easy when there is no perceived cost or major sacrifice entailed," writes Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev. How has the COVID-19 pandemic stress-tested the depths and resilience of solidarity between states?
- Narratives, Priorities, and Defense Spending
Is the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic going to have major changes in how Americans perceive foreign policy? Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev considers this question and looks at how the pandemic could affect views on defense spending and narratives about the U.S. role in the world.
- Ethics & International Affairs Volume 33.4 (Winter 2019)
The centerpiece of the Winter 2019 issue of "Ethics & International Affairs" is a symposium entitled "Just War and Unjust Soldiers," with a lead article by Scott D. Sagan and Benjamin A. Valentino on American public opinion regarding the moral equality of combatants; responses by Michael Walzer, Jeff McMahan, and Robert O. Keohane; and a rejoinder by Sagan and Valentino.