Top 10 Carnegie Council Resources for 2015

December 15, 2015

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Russia, human rights, energy, business ethics—these were among the most popular topics our varied audiences accessed this year. Check out the most popular podcasts and web resources from 2015.


1) The United States, Russia, and Ukraine: Report from Moscow
Dmitri Trenin
, Carnegie Moscow Center; David C. Speedie, Carnegie Council
Dmitri Trenin, director of Carnegie Endowment's Moscow Center, served in the Soviet and Russian military for two decades and understands both the Russian and U.S. points of view. He warns that U.S.-Russia relations are heading for a new version of the Cold War, and also discusses the Russian economy and its relations with China and other countries. (U.S. Global Engagement, February 2015, audio, video, and transcript)

2) American Energy Challenges and Global Leadership in the Years Ahead
Helima Croft, RBC Capital Markets; John M. Deutch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; David Gordon, Center for a New American Security; Marc Lipschultz, KKR; Elizabeth Rosenberg, Center for a New American Security 
Thanks to new technologies for extracting oil and natural gas, such as hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), the United States is now the biggest producer of energy in the world. What do plummeting energy prices mean for sellers and consumers around the world—and what will be the likely consequences for climate change? (American Leadership Series, March 2015, audio, video, and transcript)

3) Global Tax Avoidance: Who is Responsible?
Elise J. Bean, Levin Center at Wayne Law; Pamela Chisanga, ActionAid Zambia; 
John Christensen, Tax Justice Network International Secretariat; Harold Crooks, Journalist, Writer, Documentary Director; Julia Taylor Kennedy and Amber Kiwan, Carnegie Council
This Impact podcast episode investigates the complex world of tax avoidance, starting with the mining industry in Zambia. Activists, documentarians, and economists give perspectives on how corporations avoid taxes and how this practice is now entrenched in business and government. (Impact: Where Business and Ethics Meet podcast series, August 2015, audio and transcript)

4) Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe
George Friedman, Stratfor
"Europe has always been a place of conflict and malice and anger and hatred, between classes and between nations. The question now is, can it be contained? I doubt it very much. The period from 1992 to 2008 was an interregnum, and an unnatural one. Europe is returning to itself, and when Europe gets sick, the world gets sick with it." (Public Affairs Program, January 2015, audio, video, transcript, and TV show)

5) Extreme Political Parties in Greece: Economic and Cultural Factors
Yannis Palaiologos, Kathimerini Newspaper, Athens; David C. SpeedieCarnegie Council
"There has been, in the period of the last 30 years especially, a breakdown of trust, not only between the governed and the government, but also between Greeks, among themselves." Palaiologos, a prominent Greek scholar-journalist, analyzes how Greece went wrong, the rise of extremist parties on both right and left, and what needs to be done. (U.S. Global Engagement, January 2015, audio, video, and transcript)


1) Russia's Orthodox Soft Power
Nicolai N. Petro, University of Rhode Island
Russia's values are often overlooked, or treated simplistically as the antithesis of Western values. We should understand that the close relationship between the Orthodox Church and the state provides Russia's foreign policy with a definable moral framework, one that given its popularity, is likely to continue to shape policies well into the future. (U.S. Global Engagement article, March 2015)

2) "Peace"
Cadel Watson, Castlemaine Secondary College
"The chaotic nature of recent years should serve as an example of the dangers of allowing cultural hatred to dominate the decision making of the planet. There are concrete and implementable ideas that nations and the international community can use to create peace throughout the world." (Student/Teacher Essay Contest, February 2015)

3) Examining the Potential for an American Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Bennett Collins and Alison M. S. Watson, University of St Andrews
The deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner catalyzed discussions nationwide over race relations in the United States. Surely it's time for some kind of Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). But how would it work? This essay examines other TRCs—including two in the U.S.—and proposes a solution tailored to fit America in all its diversity. (Carnegie Ethics Online article, February 2015)

4) "Hopes for the Next Century: Religious Tolerance"
Kavya Deshpande
, United World College of South East Asia
"It is vital that humanity seizes the 21st century to establish liberalism in the field of faith. There is still a long and arduous path ahead, but it is undeniable that religious tolerance will make the world a better place." (Student/Teacher Essay Contest, February 2015)

5) Then and Now: Eight Lingering Questions on U.S.-Russia-Ukraine
David C. SpeedieCarnegie Council
In March 2014, David Speedie posed eight questions on the Ukraine crisis. With an ongoing civil war in Ukraine some 15 months after the Maidan rebellion and overthrow of Ukraine's elected president, it seems time for eight new questions reflective of the ongoing crisis, and of the consequent relentless downward spiral in U.S.-Russia relations. (U.S. Global Engagement article, February 2015)