Joel H. Rosenthal

President, Carnegie Council

Joel H. Rosenthal is president of Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. As a nonprofit leader, scholar, and teacher he works to empower ethical action, with a particular focus on U.S. foreign policy, issues of war and peace, human rights, and pluralism. At Carnegie Council, Rosenthal leads a team that identifies critical ethical issues, convenes experts, and produces agenda-setting resources to educate and activate communities globally.

He is also editor-in-chief of the Ethics & International Affairs journal published by Cambridge University Press and serves on the advisory board for the Bard College Globalization and International Affairs program. Rosenthal’s first book Righteous Realists is an examination of the political realists who shaped post-WWII America in the nuclear age, including Hans Morgenthau, Reinhold Niebuhr, and George Kennan.

He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Studies Association for his lifetime achievement in international studies and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Social Science from the University of Edinburgh. Rosenthal received his Ph.D. from Yale University and B.A. from Harvard University.

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Upcoming Events

OCT 19, 2022 Event

How to Be an Ethical Individual in an Interconnected World

This Global Ethics Day, October 19, 2022, we invite you to join us for a special virtual event featuring Carnegie Council President Joel Rosenthal in conversation with ...

Featured Work

Book "Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution" by Francis Fukuyama

MAY 10, 2002 Transcript

Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution

"We need to steer technology towards aims that are clearly therapeutic and away from ones that involve essentially human redesign, trying to improve our human ...

OCT 20, 2001 Article

The Ethics of the "New War" in the Aftermath of 9/11

The U.S.-led coalition against terrorism has begun bombing Taliban targets in Afghanistan. But will this achieve its aims, or merely provoke the terrorists ...

SEP 19, 2001 Article

Feature Articles from Inprint Newsletter (2001–2004): The Ethics of the New War

As we go to press, there is debate over the appropriate response to the attacks of September 11. President Bush uses the language of war. But ...

APR 19, 2001 Article

Willing to Kill But Not to Die?

Is American policy drifting toward an approach that could be labeled "willing to kill but not to die"? If we consider ourselves a moral nation, ...

6 Nightmares: The Real Threats to American Security . . . by Anthony Lake

JAN 21, 2001 Transcript

Six Nightmares: Real Threats in a Dangerous World and How America Can Meet Them

Anthony Lake argues that the United States cannot afford to be lax about its security in a world plagued by episodes of high terrorism and ...

MAY 20, 1999 Article

Evaluating Justice and Reconciliation Efforts

There seems to be a great desire for what some people have called “moral accounting” at the end of the 20th century. For example, the ...

Frederik de Klerk and Nelson Mandela,  World Economic Forum, 1992. CREDIT: <a href="s://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Frederik_de_Klerk_with_Nelson_Mandela_-_World_Economic_Forum_Annual_Meeting_Davos_1992.jpg">World Economic Forum via Wikimedia Commons</a>

MAY 20, 1999 Transcript

Evaluating Justice and Reconciliation Efforts

Drawing from their observations of truth and reconciliation efforts in Bosnia, South Africa, Chile, Guatemala, and Cambodia, the panelists explore the challenges of confronting a ...