Top 20 Council Resources for 2014

December 18, 2014

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Corporations, human rights, warfare, Edward Snowden—these were among the most popular topics our varied audiences accessed this year. Check out the most popular podcasts, web resources, journal articles, and TV programs from 2014. What Carnegie Council topics interested you most this year?  Post a comment!  

Top Five Podcasts Posted in 2014

1) Corporations as Agents of Change
Christine Bader
, Columbia University; Carole Basri, Balint, Brown, and Basri LLC; Wayne Brody, LRN; Aneel Karnani, University of Michigan; Alice Korngold, Korngold Consulting LLC; Julia Taylor Kennedy, Carnegie Council
Can today's powerful multinational corporations be a force for social good? Should they be, and if so, how should this be implemented? Are they out for themselves, their customers, society, or some combination of all three? (Impact: Where Business and Ethics Meet podcast series, May 2014, audio and transcript)

2) Ukraine and the New Divide between the United States and Russia
Dmitri Trenin, Carnegie Endowment for International PeaceDavid Speedie, Carnegie Council
David Speedie interviews Dr. Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, on how the Ukraine crisis has opened a new fissure in the relationship between the United States and Russia. (Ethics in Security Bulletin podcast series, August, 2014, audio and transcript)

3) A Conversation with David Keyes on Advancing Human Rights
David Keyes
, Advancing Human Rights; Andrew Nagorski, Journalist and Author
In the Soviet era, it was difficult to alert the world of what was happening to dissidents, says David Keyes. Today, however, there's an overload of information from YouTube and other sources and the challenge is how to overcome "human rights fatigue." He explains how crowd-sourcing and other means can get the word out. (Ethics Matter, November 2014, audio, video, and transcript)

4) The Future of American Warfighting: Lessons of the Contemporary Battlefield
Noah Shachtman, The Daily Beast; Patrick J. Mahaney Jr., Council on Foreign Relations; Ben FitzGerald, Center for a New American Security
What are the ethical and legal questions raised by unmanned aerial vehicles, drones, and surveillance? How do they affect combatants, decision-makers, and civilians? An expert panel explores these crucial issues. (U.S. Global Engagement, February 2014, audio, video, and transcript)

5) Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
Scott Anderson, Novelist, Journalist, and War Correspondent
How did the Arab Revolt and Lawrence of Arabia shape the Middle East? And how are Lawrence's actions of a century ago still being felt today? (Public Affairs Program, June 2014, audio, video, and transcript)


Top Five Carnegie Council Website Resources Posted in 2014

1) From Dehumanization to Rehumanization
Laura Rediehs
, St. Lawrence University
Rehumanization is the restoration of human dignity and the reassertion of the priority of humans above the systems originally intended to serve humanity. If we are to achieve rehumanization, we need to domesticate the techno-economic complex and quell its divisive forces. (Carnegie Ethics Online article, February 2014)

2) Thought Leaders Forum
Devin Stewart, Carnegie Council
What are the greatest ethical challenges of our time and how should humanity respond? Interviews with 55 visionaries and role models from a variety of professions, backgrounds, and countries. (Thought Leaders Forum, multimedia Centennial series)

3) The Rise of Extremism in a Disunited Europe
David C. Speedie and Jennifer Otterson Mollick, Carnegie Council
A sinister scenario is playing out in Europe: the rise of right-wing populism, and in some cases, extreme far-right forces. This article analyzes the far-right groups and the implications of their potential rise to power. (U.S. Global Engagement article, January 2014)

4) Secrets and Allies: UK and U.S. Government Reaction to the Snowden Leaks
Alexa Van Sickle
, International Institute for Strategic Studies, UK
Is Edward Snowden a whistleblower, a traitor, or a mixture of both? How should he and the media that published his leaks be treated? Journalist Sickle analyzes the different approaches taken by the UK and the U.S., explaining their historical, legal, and cultural underpinnings. (Carnegie Ethics Online article, January 2014)     

5) Climate Change Mitigation, Peacebuilding, and Resilience
Florian Krampe, Uppsala University 
How are our efforts to reduce the impact of climate change affecting post-conflict societies? Drawing on his empirical data on micro hydropower development in post-conflict Nepal, Krampe investigates whether climate change mitigation contributes to peacebuilding there. The results are nuanced and rather unexpected. (Carnegie Ethics Online article, April 2014)


Top Five 2014 Articles in Ethics & International Affairs Journal

1) Why Human Rights Are Called Human Rights 
Alan Sussman
, Bard College 
No one can engage in commerce when deprived of liberty or autonomy. No one can create or imagine or love when consumed by fear. We need human rights to permit ourselves the possibility of being human. (Summer 2014, Vol. 28.2)

2) Eliminating Extreme Inequality: A Sustainable Development Goal, 2015–2030
Michael W. Doyle,
Columbia University; Joseph E. Stiglitz, Columbia University
Sustainable development cannot be achieved while ignoring extreme disparities. It is imperative that the post-MDG agenda focus on inequality. (Spring 2014, Vol. 28.1)

3) Norway’s Sovereign Wealth Fund and Global Justice: An Exchange
Oliviero Angeli, University of Dresden; Andreas Follesdal, University of Oslo; Angela Cummine, Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF); Paul Segal, King's College London
Online exclusive: Four experts respond to Chris Armstrong's article "Sovereign Wealth Funds and Global Justice," which appeared in the Winter 2013 issue, Vol. 27.4. (January 2014)

4) NSA Management Directive #424: Secrecy and Privacy in the Aftermath of Edward Snowden
George R. Lucas, Jr.
, Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership
In order to be morally justifiable, any strategy or policy involving the body politic must be one to which it would voluntarily assent when fully informed about it. What, however, is inherent in being fully informed when it comes to surveillance? (Spring 2014, Vol. 28.1)

5) The Contemporary Relevance of Buddha
Amartya Sen, Harvard and Thomas W. Lamont University
There is a basic humanity in the story of Buddha's life that is easy to access and absorb in our own lives. (Spring 2014, Vol. 28.1)


Top Five Global Ethics Forum TV Shows from 2014

(Note: These numbers are from YouTube only and do not include figures from the 30+ MHz Public TV stations and CUNY TV stations or our website. Watch this half-hour weekly series on any of these distribution channels.)

1) Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them
Joshua D. Greene, Harvard University
How do human beings make moral decisions? Sometimes we go with our emotions and "think fast" and sometimes we use reason and "think slow." Neuroscientist Joshua Greene's research shows that for problems within small groups, its best to think fast. But for global problems between larger groups, we need to learn to think slow. (Edited version of a Public Affairs Program. Full audio and transcript here.)

2) Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific
Robert D. Kaplan, Stratfor
No wonder the South China Sea is important to China, says Robert Kaplan. It's the Mediterranean of Asia, the center of international commerce, including energy shipments. Plus, if the Chinese control it and thus gain access to the Indian Ocean, China will have a two-ocean navy, transforming it in military terms from a regional power into a world power. (Edited version of a Public Affairs Program. Full audio and transcript here.)

3) Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2014 with Ian Bremmer
Ian Bremmer, Eurasia Group
 In January of this year, Eurasia Group’s Ian Bremmer attempted to forecast the top risks and ethical decisions we had ahead of us. Look back on this talk to see how his predications compared to actual global events in the past year (Edited version of an Ethics Matter program. Full audio and transcript here.) 

4) When God Talks Back: The American Evangelical Relationship with God
Tanya Luhrmann, Stanford University
What does it mean to have frequent conversations with God, as so many evangelicals say they do? Stanford-based anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann spent over 10 years as a member of evangelical churches in the U.S., and uses her personal experiences, interviews, and scientific training to report on the evangelical faith. (Edited version of a Public Affairs Program. Full audio and transcript here.) 

5) Sebastian Junger on Combat, Courage, and Brotherhood
Sebastian Junger, Author, Journalist, and Documentarian; James Traub, Journalist and Author
Best-selling author Sebastian Junger knows about war from the inside: the horror and pain, the excitement and heightened awareness, and the fierce brotherhood between soldiers. In this moving conversation he talks about his life and work, and his experiences covering the war in Afghanistan. (Edited version of an Ethics Matter program. Full audio and transcript here.)