- The War for Muslim Minds
Three years after the terrorist attacks on American soil, many of us continue to wonder at the mindset of the perpetrators. In the past six months, the Council's Merrill House Programs provided an opportunity to hear from two leading European thinkers on the issue of what motivates jihad, one a scholar of the Middle East and the other a prominent expert on Asia.
- Safeguarding the Past for Iraq's Future
| Mary-Lea Cox | 11/05/2004
Archeologists estimate that there are 20,000-100,000 ancient sites in Iraq, most of them not yet excavated. The removal of artifacts from these sites could prove even more devastating than the loss of museum pieces, many of which have been catalogued and studied, making them easier to track down or identify once recovered.
- Carnegie Council Covers Aftermath of the Iraq War
As of this writing, the 2003 Iraq war is in many ways incomplete, as is lingering conflict in Afghanistan and other far corners not in daily news reports. Questions remain about ends and means, targets and tactics. Gray areas have emerged. Moral principles are being tested.
- Ask the Candidates--and Ourselves
| Joel H. Rosenthal | 08/31/2004
Election seasons are a time of easy claims of moral clarity and virtue. Yet elections can also heighten our awareness of important issues, encouraging sharp debate on contested principles. To take the debate beyond the usual platitudes, the Carnegie Council offers a shortlist of questions focusing on current policy choices and the tradeoffs they entail.
- From the Margins to the Mainstream: A Blueprint for Ethics and International Affairs
| Joel H. Rosenthal | 05/06/2004
"For me, the way into the study of ethics and international affairs begins with the concept of choice", says Rosenthal. "Ethics is a reflection on the choices one makes and the values that come into play when making those choices: how do you justify your decisions? It’s the weighing up of competing moral claims."
- Response to "Fighting for the Environment -- and Getting Democracy"
| Guobin Yang | 05/06/2004
Joanne Bauer observes that environmental issues have become an impetus for grassroots political participation in transitional societies. Yang agrees, but with caution:"Approaching democratic change through environmental activism can be a tortured path. It is important to bear in mind the challenges this situation poses."
- Humanitarianism in Jeopardy
Nowadays a red cross, a white flag, or a blue helmet is as likely to be a target as a shield--as tragically evidenced by the bombing of the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and UN mission in Baghdad in August 2003.
- From Andrew Carnegie to Hans Morgenthau
| Joel H. Rosenthal | 03/04/2004
Carnegie and Morgenthau make an instructive pair, explains Council President Joel Rosenthal. Carnegie, an idealist, stood for "never again war," while Morgenthau stood for "never again genocide."
- Response to "Promoting Democracy in a Divided World"
| Omar Noman | 03/04/2004
Omar Noman takes issue with several of Andrew Kuper's ideas on promoting democracy.
- Fighting for the Environment -- and Getting Democracy
| Joanne Bauer | 03/02/2004
"I [spoke] with a Chinese environmentalist who was a high school student at the time of Tiananmen. He said he had watched the democracy demonstrations from his window and decided there must be a better way to achieve political change. This is why he went into environmental work."
- Promoting Democracy in a Divided World
| Andrew Kuper | 01/01/2004
Democracies survive if per capita GDP surpasses $6,000, but developing countries have little chance of crossing this threshold. To make democracy work in such contexts, multiple international stakeholders must become involved in local communities. Without such support, democracy may be swept away by tides of militancy and militarism.
- Response to “Searching for a New Iraqi Identity”
| Jeffrey Spurr | 12/19/2003
Elizabeth Cole's editorial shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the aims of the Iraq Memory Foundation. While she is right in asserting that "deciding on the 'truth' about the old regime will not be easy," I can think of no better way to achieve this than to create a comprehensive collection of the regime’s own documents, made accessible to all and thus open to interpretation and debate.