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

AUG 23, 2017 Article

Foreword to Volume "Just War Thinkers: From Cicero to the 21st Century"

This book tells the story of the just war through its main protagonists. Each chapter gives insight into the life and times of the most ...

JUN 23, 2017 Podcast

Soldiers and Civilization: How the Profession of Arms Thought and Fought the Modern World into Existence

The soldier "is at once the most and the least civilized of persons," says Carnegie Council Senior Fellow Reed Bonadonna. In this thoughtful conversation, he ...

Bruce Schneier. CREDIT: Amanda Ghanooni

JUN 1, 2017 Podcast

Privacy in a Digital Age - Carnegie UK Trust Seminar on Future of Public Libraries

This seminar, sponsored by the Carnegie UK Trust as part of a study tour on the future of public libraries, explores privacy and the role ...

Bruce Schneier. CREDIT: Amanda Ghanooni

JUN 1, 2017 Transcript

Privacy in a Digital Age - Carnegie UK Trust Seminar on Future of Public Libraries

This seminar, sponsored by the Carnegie UK Trust as part of a study tour on the future of public libraries, explores privacy and the role ...

Lt. Gen William J. "Bill" Bender. CREDIT: Frank Leitaõ

MAR 13, 2017 Podcast

Breaking Barriers: The Air Force and the Future of Cyberpower

The Air Force is heading America's efforts to modernize and secure its digital infrastructure and incorporate cyberspace into every aspect of its operations. Learn more ...

L to R: Janos Pasztor, Oliver Morton, Pablo Suarez, Jane Long, Doug MacMartin, Simon Nicholson, Jennifer Morgan (onscreen via Skype)

FEB 22, 2017 Podcast

Launch of Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative

C2G2 serves a vital purpose: connecting and mobilizing actors from many sectors of society to look at the very real possibilities of engineering the ...

L to R: María Antonieta Alcalde and Terry McGovern. CREDIT: Amanda Ghanooni

DEC 21, 2016 Podcast

Women's Rights are Human Rights: Global Challenges to Reproductive Health

How will the Trump presidency affect women's rights, not only in the U.S. but around the world? Will the Sustainable Development Goals really succeed ...

CREDIT: Terence Hurley

NOV 29, 2016 Podcast

The Indispensable Role of Trust: A Conversation with Judge William Webster

Don't miss this candid conversation with Judge Webster, current chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, and former director of both the CIA and the ...

NOV 14, 2016 Podcast

Perceptions of Muslims and Islam in the U.S. in Light of Trump's Victory

What will Trump's victory mean for American Muslims? How have attitudes towards them changed over the years? (The answer may surprise you.) How does this ...

Joyce Dubensky and Bill Lowrey. CREDIT: Amanda Ghanooni.

OCT 18, 2016 Podcast

Peacemakers in Action: An In-depth Discussion of Religious Peacebuilding

Don't miss this remarkable conversation with Joyce Dubensky, CEO of Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, and one of Tanenbaum's peacemakers, Rev. Bill Lowrey, who spent ...