Ethics & International Affairs Interviews

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Ethics & International Affairs is the quarterly journal of Carnegie Council. As an academic journal, it aims to close the gap between theory and practice by integrating rigorous thinking about principles of justice and morality into discussions of practical dilemmas related to current policy developments, global institutional arrangements, and the conduct of important international actors.

This fall, Ethics & International Affairs published a special issue to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. A collection of essays organized and guest-edited by Margaret P. Karns, "The United Nations at Seventy-Five: Looking Back to Look Forward" had authors reflect on how the organization has evolved over the decades and how well has it fulfilled and is it still fulfilling the high ideals of its Charter.

To complement this special issue, Karns and the editors of Ethics & International Affairs will be releasing interviews with select authors leading up to the anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Published Interviews 

December 2, 2020: Episode 4 with Bertrand Ramcharan on the UN system and human rights, ahead of the 72nd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Ramcharan is former deputy and acting high commissioner of human rights at the UN and former chancellor of the University of Guyana. 

November 11, 2020: Episode 3 with Noeleen Heyzer on the Beijing Women's Conference; Resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security; and the prospects for increasing gender equality in the UN system in the decades to come. Heyzer is distinguished visiting fellow at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), and a former United Nations under-secretary-general.

October 22, 2020: Episode 2 with Maria Ivanova on the UN's efforts on climate change, focusing on the role of UNEP as an anchor institution on these issues. Ivanova is associate professor of global governance, Ph.D. program director, and director of the Center for Governance and Sustainability at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston.

October 7, 2020: Episode 1 with David M. Malone on the Security Council, the Sustainable Development Goals, peacekeeping, and the evolution of the UN. Malone is under-secretary-general of the United Nations and rector of the United Nations University