John Tessitore

Former Executive Editor, Carnegie Council, Ethics & International Affairs

John Tessitore was executive editor of the Carnegie Council's journal, Ethics & International Affairs.

Tessitore has written and published extensively on topics ranging from Joseph Conrad, to UN peacekeeping, to the role of the media. He continues to write and to provide editing and communications services to a variety of clients, including the U.N. Office of Peacekeeping and the United Nations Development Programme.

He began his career in academia, teaching English Literature at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. From 1980-1986 he was communications director and editor-in-chief at Carnegie Council, serving as editor of WORLDVIEW, the Council's award-winning monthly magazine on U.S. foreign policy and international affairs.

Subsequently he became executive director of communications for the United Nations Association-USA, where he worked for some 17 years, serving as editor of the Association's quarterly publication, The InterDependent, and working extensively with the national and international media, U.S. Mission to the U.N., and senior U.N. staff.

In 1995 he was executive producer of the documentary film, In Search of Peace: 50 Years of the U.S. in the UN, narrated by Paul Newman and shown on more than 600 Turner network stations nationwide.

Featured Work

FEB 2, 2016 Podcast

Interview with Thomas Weiss on Change and Continuity in Global Governance

The term global governance grew up to describe the fact that there is an increasing number of civil society actors. Nevertheless, these new actors are ...

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NOV 6, 2014 Podcast

Philip Alston on a World Court for Human Rights

"The reason why governments are violating human rights on a grand scale is not because there is an absence of a world court," says Philip ...

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SEP 6, 2013 Article

Finding Our National Moral Compass on Syria

The U.S. received aid from other nations during its own Revolutionary War, and so despite all, "as America debates the pros and cons of ...

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MAR 13, 2013 Podcast

Shefa Siegel on the Ethics of Mining

Mining harms the environment irreversibly, yet this is often ignored, and mining is on the increase, often without clear ecological or economic development benefits. "We're ...

JUN 8, 2012 Podcast

Antonio Franceschet on the International Criminal Court

What is the role of the International Criminal Court today?  What are its strengths and limitations? In this informative interview, Professor Antonio Franceschet discusses the ...

Scales of Justice, Old Bailey, London. Photo by <a href="" target=_blank>Billogs</a>.

NOV 28, 2011 Podcast

Ian Hurd on International Law and Security

"I would disagree with those who suggest international law doesn't really matter. If we look at what states do, they work very hard to marshal ...

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JUN 2, 2011 Podcast

Leif Wenar on Natural Resources and Clean Trade Policies

Consumers in countries that import natural resources are often unwittingly in business with dictators, corrupt officials, and armed groups, says Leif Wenar. Yet we could ...

MAR 9, 2011 Podcast

Interview with John Tessitore, Editor of Ethics & International Affairs Journal

As Ethics & International Affairs journal celebrates its 25th anniversary and its move to Cambridge University Press, Editor John Tessitore discusses the journal's mission, its themes, ...

OCT 4, 2010 Podcast

EIA Interview: Mathias Risse on Justice and Common Ownership of the Earth

Philosopher Mathias Risse discusses his concept of common ownership of the earth--the equal claim of each person to the planet and its resources--and what this ...

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SEP 3, 2010 Article

War Reporting as NBA Playoffs

Was the American public well served by media reporting during the war in Iraq? What of the choice of visual images, such as unfurling American ...