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

MAR 16, 2010 Podcast

Darrel Moellendorf on the Climate Change Negotiations in Copenhagen

Darrel Moellendorf (author of "Treaty Norms and Climate Change Mitigation") discusses what happened in Copenhagen and what it means for future negotiations on climate change.

MAR 10, 2010 Podcast

Michael Doyle on Nonintervention and the Responsibility to Protect

What circumstances justify overriding sovereignty? Michael Doyle discusses the difficult questions surrounding nonintervention and the "unanimous revolution" of 2005, which led to the new norm known ...

MAR 10, 2009 Podcast

Ann Florini on Global Governance

Florini discusses the difference between "global government" and "global governance," intergovernmental organizations such as the UN, and the role and achievements of civil society and ...

MAR 5, 2009 Podcast

Fiona Robinson on the Ethics of Care

Care is not only a moral issue, but also a feminist one, says Robinson, noting that two-thirds of care around the world is done by ...

MAR 3, 2009 Podcast

Alex Bellamy on the Responsibility to Protect

"This is just the beginning of the road for R2P," says Bellamy. "There are a lot of skeptics...but it is a principle that ...

FEB 25, 2009 Podcast

Simon Dalby on Environmental Security

"Peace-building is literally about building now," says Dalby. "It's about constructing buildings that don't need large quantities of energy, both because of climate change and ...

JAN 11, 2007 Article

The UN at 60: Still Misunderstood

Carnegie Council Executive Editor John Tessitore explodes five common myths and misconceptions about the UN.