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

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 Podcast

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 ...

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 ...

Sheffield, UK, March 2020. CREDIT: <a href="https://flickr.com/photos/shefftim/49683551823/">Tim Dennell</a> <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/">(CC)</a>.

APR 24, 2020 Podcast

Health Data, Privacy, & Surveillance: How Will the Lockdowns End? with Effy Vayena & Jeffrey Kahn

How should we think about privacy and government surveillance during the COVID-19 pandemic? Johns Hopkins' Jeffrey Kahn and ETH Zurich's Effy Vayena discuss health data ...

Belfast, Northern Ireland, March 24, 2020. CREDIT: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Belfast_COVID19_Traffic_Management_Sign.jpg">Gerry Lynch (CC)</a>

APR 17, 2020 Podcast

Fractured Globalization & Dissolving Ethics, with Nikolas Gvosdev

If global interconnections begin to fray in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, what happens to the ethical underpinnings of international relations? Senior Fellow Nikolas ...

Joseph S. Nye, Jr. CREDIT: Amanda Ghanooni

FEB 4, 2020 Podcast

Do Morals Matter? Presidents & Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump, with Joseph Nye

How much do morals matter for U.S. presidents when it comes to international affairs? What are the ethics of "America First" or 2003 invasion of ...

Detail from book cover.

FEB 25, 2019 Podcast

How to Think about War: An Ancient Guide to Foreign Policy, with Johanna Hanink

Why has there been a sudden interest in Thucydides, especially in the U.S.? Johanna Hanink discusses her new book of translations and introductions to ...