EDITOR'S PICKS: Program Year September 2008 - June 2009

July 21, 2009

"The Fruit of Our Labour"
Photo by Magalie L'Abbé (CC)

Please note:

This small sample of the year's crop is limited to videos, audios, and transcripts of events and to articles from our quarterly journal, Ethics & International Affairs.  

That's only a taste of the free resources this year has to offer.

The 2008/09 season also featured:

And of course this list is subjective. We hope you will go pick your own!


The Global Deal: Climate Change and the Creation of a New Era of Progress and Prosperity
Lord Nicholas Stern, London School of Economics
Stern estimates that it will cost only about 2 percent of global GDP to control climate change at manageable levels by 2050. But we must act now. (Public Affairs Program, May 4, 2009)

Green Jobs
Heather Grady, Realizing Rights; Norine Kennedy, U.S. Council for International Business; Jill Kubit, Cornell Global Labor Institute; Peter Poschen, ILO; Michael Renner, World Watch Institute; Sean Sweeney, Cornell Global Labor Institute.
The panel discusses the new ILO report, "Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World." (Global Policy Innovations, September 30, 2008)


U.S.-Iran Relations after the Iranian Elections
Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering
What lies in the future for this turbulent country and how should the U.S. proceed? (Public Affairs Program, June 30, 2009)

North Korea: What Next?
Victor. D. Cha, Georgetown University
When negotiating with North Korea, it's always a choice between a bad option and a worse one. (Public Affairs Program, June 3, 2009)

The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One
David Kilcullen, Crumpton Group
How can the U.S. develop strategies that deal with global threats, avoid local conflicts where possible, and win them where necessary? (Public Affairs Program, May 6, 2009)

Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century
P.W. Singer, Brookings Institution
Robotics are already changing the way wars are fought. How will they affect the politics, economics, laws, and ethics of warfare? (Public Affairs Program, February 5, 2009)

The Cuba Wars: Fidel Castro, The United States, and the Next Revolution
Daniel P. Erikson, Inter-American Dialogue
With the exit of Castro and the entrance of a new U.S. president, both the Cuban system and U.S.-Cuba relations could be on the brink of a new era. (Public Affairs Program, January 8, 2009)

The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism
Andrew J. Bacevich, Boston University
America is facing a profound triple crisis: the economy, the government, and an involvement in endless wars. (Public Affairs Program, November 3, 2008)


The Geopolitics of Emotion: How Cultures of Fear, Humiliation, and Hope are Reshaping the World
Dominique Moïsi, College of Europe, Warsaw
What are the driving emotions behind our cultural differences and how do they influence the political, social, and cultural conflicts that roil our world? (Public Affairs Program, May 11, 2009)

After President Obama's Visit to Europe: U.S. Relations with the EU and NATO
Karsten Voigt, German Foreign Office
Voigt discusses the German political mindset and U.S.-German relations in the context of the EU, NATO, and Russia. (U.S. Global Engagement Program, May 4, 2009)

Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa
Dambisa Moyo, Sub-Saharan Africa Economic Specialist
Aid has done Africa more harm than good, says Moyo.(Public Affairs Program, April 9, 2009)

Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation
Nandan Nilekani, Infosys
Nilekani discusses India's challenges and advantages, such as its current "demographic dividend"—a large population of working age. (Public Affairs Program, March 25, 2009)

Russia and Georgia: How Did We Get There and What's Next?
Oksana Antonenko, International Institute for Strategic Studies
Antonenko examines the August 2008 conflict in Georgia, the history of the region, and what the future may bring. (U.S. Global Engagement Program, October 14, 2008)


Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet
Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University
Sachs focuses on the roots of the financial crisis and concludes that we should look at it as a wakeup call. (Public Affairs Program, March 4, 2009)

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
Niall Ferguson
, Harvard University
Does the symbiotic relationship between China and America give reason to hope that America's present economic situation will turn out to be not a crash, but a correction? (Public Affairs Program, November 20, 2008)

The Squandering of America: How the Failure of Our Politics Undermines Our Prosperity
Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect
For 30 years, the economic condition of most Americans has become ever more precarious. To change this requires a cogent ideology and politics of a managed, rather than laissez-faire, brand of capitalism. (Public Affairs Program, November 12, 2008)


Forced to Labor: The Cost of Coercion
Robert Moosy, Federal Prosecutor; Roger Plant, ILO; Maria Suarez, Former Slave
Millions of people, including many in the United States, are modern-day slaves, forced to work against their will and unable to leave. (Workshop for Ethics in Business, May 14, 2009)

The United Nations and Gender: Has Anything Gone Right?
Stephen Lewis, AIDS-Free World
The UN's record on women's issues has been abysmal, declares Lewis, particularly in dealing with HIV/AIDS. It's time to create a special UN Women's Agency. (Public Affairs Program, February 26, 2009)

Health as a Human Right: Rights, Roles, and Responsibilities
Christian Barry, Australian National University; Meg Boulware, Intellectual Property Attorney; Laura Herman, FSG Social Impact Advisors; Maggie M. Kohn, Merck & Co., Inc.; Rohit Malpani, Oxfam America; Lisa Oldring, GAVI Alliance, UN
The international community has begun to consider the "highest attainable standard of health" as a fundamental component of the human rights agenda. (Workshop for Ethics in Business, December 2, 2008)


The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century
George Friedman, STRATFOR
What's in store for this new century? Which nations will gain and lose power? How will new technologies change the way we live? Be prepared for surprises. (Public Affairs Program, January 28, 2009)

Top Risks and Ethical Decisions
Ian Bremmer, Eurasia Group; Art Kleiner, strategy+business; Michele Wucker, World Policy Institute; Thomas Stewart (moderator), Booz & Company
This lively discussion examines the ethical aspects of the top risks for 2009. (Workshop for Ethics in Business, January 13, 2009)

Political Futures
Ian Bremmer, Eurasia Group; Joel Rosenthal, Carnegie Council
This series of video conversations looks at potential political risks for 2009.


Special Section on Postwar Justice and the Responsibility to Rebuild
Volume 23.2, Summer 2009
  • Alexandra Gheciu, University of Ottawa; Jennifer Welsh, Oxford University
  • Mark Evans, Swansea University, UK
  • Stefano Recchia, Columbia University
  • Dominik Zaum, University of Reading, UK

Roundtable: Can Democracies Go It Alone?
Volume 23.1, Spring 2009
  • James M. Lindsay, University of Texas
  • Stephen Schlesinger, Century Foundation
  • Kishore Mahbubani, National University of Singapore
  • Ruth Wedgwood, Johns Hopkins University

An Exchange: The Myth of "Torture Lite"
Volume 23.1, Spring 2009
Jessica Wolfendale, University of Melbourne
With a response from David Sussman, University of Illinois

An Exchange: On the Morality of Immigration
Volume 22.3, Fall 2008
Writing in Volume 22.1, Mathias Risse presented a novel way to think about the problem of immigration in the context of global justice, adopting the standpoint of the common ownership of the earth. This exchange is in response to that article.
Ryan Pevnick, University of Virginia; Philip Cafaro, Colorado State University; Mathias Risse, Harvard University.