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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Featured Work

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FEB 10, 2021 Podcast

The Good American: The Epic Life of Bob Gersony, the U.S. Government's Greatest Humanitarian, with Robert D. Kaplan

In his long career as a journalist covering the Cold War and its aftermath, best-selling author Robert D. Kaplan often crossed paths with Bob Gersony. ...

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DEC 7, 2020 Podcast

Vaccine Ethics: What Are We Learning from COVID-19?

As the race for COVID–19 vaccines enters its next stage, we are faced with broad ethical challenges, along with specific questions of principle and practice. ...

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SEP 23, 2020 Podcast

The Last Million: Europe's Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War, with David Nasaw

The aftershocks of World War II did not end with German capitulation in May 1945. Millions were displaced, including concentration camp survivors, POWs, slave laborers, political ...

Terreiro do Paço, Lisbon, Portugal, June 6, 2020. CREDIT: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lisbon_BLM_protest_June_6_2020.jpg">Anita Braga (CC)</a>.

SEP 14, 2020 Transcript

Protests in Perspective: The Protests Go Global, with Mary L. Dudziak & Brenda Gayle Plummer

The killing of George Floyd and the wave of protests that followed bring to life the current struggle for civil rights, human rights, and social ...

Brooklyn, New York, March 26, 2020. CREDIT: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Coronavirus_sign_in_Brooklyn_(60539).jpg">Rhododendrites (CC).</a>

JUN 15, 2020 Podcast

The Ethics of the Coronavirus Lockdown, with Christian Barry

Due to COVID-19, significant restrictions have been placed on freedoms to move about in many nations. Philosopher Christian Barry explores how the costs of these ...

Headquarters of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet, Fort Meade, MD. CREDIT: <a href=https://www.navy.mil/view_image.asp?id=255831>U.S. Navy/Samuel Souvannason (CC)</a>.

JUN 8, 2020 Podcast

Mysterious Machines: The Road Ahead for AI Ethics in International Security, with Arthur Holland Michel

The last decade has witnessed a vibrant public discussion about how to safely, ethically, and legally integrate complex artificial intelligence (AI) into modern life, particularly ...

MAY 22, 2020 Podcast

Agile Global Governance, Artificial Intelligence, & Public Health, with Wendell Wallach

The rapid development of emerging technologies like AI signaled a new inflection point in human history, accompanied by calls for agile international governance. With the ...

General Dwight D. Eisenhower speaks to Wallace Strobel (23) and other paratroopers in England ahead of D-Day, June 5, 1944. CREDIT: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eisenhower_talks_with_502_PIR_in_England.jpg">Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie/National Archives USA/Public Domain</a>

MAY 15, 2020 Transcript

Ethical Leadership in Times of Crisis, with Jeff McCausland

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended daily life for everyone. From large corporations to small non-profits to schools to the military, leaders at all types of ...

Inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1861. CREDIT: <a href=https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Abraham_Lincoln_inauguration_1861.jpg>Library of Congress (CC)</a>.

MAY 8, 2020 Podcast

Democracy on the Verge: Leadership in Times of Crisis, with Ted Widmer

In this fascinating conversation with Carnegie Council President Joel Rosenthal, historian Ted Widmer looks back on 13 pivotal days in Abraham Lincoln's life in 1861--the basis ...

MAY 1, 2020 Podcast

Prospects for Global Coordination in an Age of Pandemics & Emerging Climate Technologies, with Cynthia Scharf

Much like efforts to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, combatting climate change requires cooperation on a global scale. And yet the history of ...