Top 10 Council Resources for 2013

December 12, 2013

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From drones to nuclear weapons to U.S. militarism, resources focusing on ethics and warfare featured prominently in our global audience's favorites in 2013. Join the conversation by posting comments!

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1) The World of Walmart
S. Prakash Sethi, Baruch College (CUNY)
With the deadly April 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh, once again the spotlight is on multi-national companies like Wal-Mart, whose production is often out-sourced to factories with substandard conditions. As usual, there are promises of reforms, along with denials of culpability. But will the world of Wal-Mart ever change?
(Carnegie Ethics Online, May 2013, article)

2) Drones: Legal, Ethical, and Wise?
Joel H. Rosenthal, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
The U.S. drone program raises serious ethical concerns, particularly about accountability and due process. Congress, with support from President Obama, must develop new oversight rules to ensure that U.S. values are safeguarded.
(Carnegie Ethics Online, March 2013, article)

3) Ethics on Film: Discussion of "Argo"
Alex Woodson, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
, which tells the story of a creative and daring escape from revolution-era Iran, won the Oscar for Best Picture and was a resounding commercial and critical success. Yet the film has angered diplomats and governments from New Zealand to Iran. Was Argo too well done for its own good?
(Ethics on Film, April 2013, article)

4) The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War (2013)
Andrew J. Bacevich, Boston University
In this vigorous discussion, two leading thinkers in global affairs—Harvard professor Steven Pinker and Atlantic correspondent Robert D. Kaplan—take on the subject of world peace, a core interest of Carnegie Council.
(Public Affairs, April 2013, transcript, audio, video, TV show)

5) Ethics Matter: Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2013 with Ian Bremmer
Ian Bremmer, Eurasia Group
"There are three big things happening right now in the world: China rising, Middle East exploding, Europe muddling through. Those are the things that truly matter, in the sense that they have potentially very different kinds of trajectories and outcomes depending on where they go."
(Ethics Matter Series, January 2013, transcript, audio, video, TV show)

6) Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons
Ward Wilson, Monterey Institute of International Studies
What if everything we believe about nuclear weapons is wrong? "Reexamine the facts and you'll see that the arguments for nuclear weapons aren't powerful; they're preposterous. They are an unpersuasive collection of wishful thinking held together by nothing more than fear and rationalization."
(Public Affairs, January 2013, transcript, audio, video)

7) Ethics on Film: Discussion of "Zero Dark Thirty"
Andreas Rekdal, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
A fictional adaptation of the CIA's hunt for Osama bin Laden, this blockbuster has reignited the debate surrounding the CIA's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques"—i.e. torture. The movie has also sparked a discussion over the ethical responsibilities of filmmakers.
(Ethics on Film, March 2013, article)

8) Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles
Ruchir Sharma
, Morgan Stanley Investment Management
Which countries will be the next big thing? Most follow a four-point cycle, says Sharma: "You have economic crisis. They carry out economic reforms. After they carry out economic reforms, some sort of boom takes place. Then complacency sets in, and then you get back to having a crisis." So beware! Economic development is extremely hard to sustain.
(Public Affairs, April 2013, transcript, audio, video, TV show)

9) To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism
Evgeny Morozov, The New Republic
Very soon, "smart" technologies and "big data" will allow us to make sophisticated interventions in everyday life. Technology will create incentives to get more people to do the right thing. But how will this affect society, once political and moral dilemmas are recast as uncontroversial and easily manageable matters of technological efficiency?
(Public Affairs, April 2013, transcript, audio, video, TV show)

10) The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World
Kishore Mahbubani
, National University of Singapore
As more people become prosperous and interstate conflicts diminish, there is a convergence between East and West, says Kishore Mahbubani. Now we have to change our mindset accordingly and act as one united world on issues such as climate change. One important step is to reform the UN.
(Public Affairs, February 2013, transcript, audio, video, TV show)