Unlocking Cooperation

Exploring New Pathways for Cooperation

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, guided by its mission to empower ethics, convenes expert perspectives to analyze the obstacles hindering effective multilateralism and identify solutions for unlocking cooperation.

Many global issues—climate change, AI governance, international security, public health, etc—cannot be comprehensively addressed without cross-border, cross-cultural, and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

"At this time of increasing violence and decaying faith in international institutions, it is imperative to support more inclusive and effective approaches to multilateralism that offer realistic pathways to mediate conflicts and address shared challenges," said Carnegie Council President Joel Rosenthal.

Unlocking Cooperation Events

JUN 25, 2024 Video

Unlocking Cooperation: Climate Change and Human Mobility

MAR 28, 2024 Video

Unlocking Cooperation: The Global South and Global North

In the inaugural panel of the "Unlocking Cooperation" series, Ramu Damodaran leads a discussion on forging a path forward for Global South/North collaboration.

OCT 18, 2023 Video

Unlocking Cooperation: A Global Ethics Day Special Event

In this keynote event for Global Ethics Day 2023, Carnegie Council President Joel Rosenthal led a conversation on the psychology behind cooperation; ways that states, institutions, NGOs, and businesses can work together; and how we can all create the conditions for enhanced cooperation.

Drawing Hope from Ralph Bunche

During a Q&A session with attendees, Tufts University’s Professor Abiodun Williams discusses how, especially in difficult times and circumstances, he draws hope and inspiration from Ralph Bunche, an American diplomat who helped mediate the end of the First Arab-Israeli War.

Fighting Climate Change through Global-scale Cooperation

MIT Sloan's Erez Yoeli discusses how global-scale problems, like climate change, require global-scale cooperation. He defines cooperation as "paying a cost to benefit others" at the most basic level, and analyzes how to incentivize that kind of compromise within the context of rising global temperatures.

"At Carnegie Council, we believe that the virtues of cooperation and ethical reflection can be brought to bear to promote a more just and peaceful world."
Carnegie Council President Joel Rosenthal

Discussion Questions

  1. What global-scale challenges require cooperation and how can cooperation be reinforced and supported?
  2. How can states, organizations, and individuals cooperate more effectively to address climate change?
  3. What are the ethical justifications for humanitarian interventions in sovereign nations?
  4. What ethical obligations do countries have towards refugees and how might cooperation enable better protection of their human rights?
  5. What role does international cooperation play in creating fair and ethical trade agreements?
  6. How can international cooperation be enhanced to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?
  7. How can leaders model ethical behavior and encourage a culture of cooperation?
  8. Within a team environment, how can team leaders ensure decision-making processes are fair and inclusive of all members' perspectives?