Top 10 Carnegie Council Resources, 2016

December 19, 2016

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In a year that will be remembered as era-defining, Carnegie Council's most popular 2016 podcasts and web resources focused on Asia, Russia, human rights, technology, and the fight against terrorism. Check out this varied list, which gives you an idea of the scope of the Council's work.


1) Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox Discusses the Indian Constitution
Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox
, Quinnipiac University; Alex Woodson, Carnegie Council
Quinnipiac professor Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox spent three months researching the Indian Constitution in Delhi. In this talk, she details the document's framework, its main architect B. R. Ambedkar, and why it is the world's longest constitution. Is it revered, like its American counterpart? What are some of the constitutional debates in India today? (Carnegie New Leaders Podcast, January 2016, audio and transcript)

2) Beyond a New Cold War? International Security and the Need for U.S.-Russia Cooperation
Stephen F. Cohen, New York University, Princeton University; Jack F. Matlock, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union; John Pepper, Former Chairman and CEO, The Procter & Gamble Company; William vanden Heuvel, The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute; David C. Speedie, Carnegie Council
The United States must stop its demonization of President Putin, according to members of this distinguished panel, all with long associations with Russia and all founding members of the American Committee for East-West Accord. Syria, Ukraine, the UN, nuclear weapons: compelling reasons why the United States and Russia must work together. (U.S. Global Engagement, February 2016, audio, video, and transcript)

3) Human Rights in China with Jeffrey Wasserstrom
Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, University of California at Irvine, Journal of Asian Studies; Devin Stewart, Carnegie Council
Senior Fellow Devin Stewart speaks to scholar Jeffrey Wasserstrom about the current state of Chinese media, politics, leadership, and human rights. They also discuss the country's anti-corruption campaign, Chinese history, and Wasserstrom's new book Eight Juxtapositions: China Through Imperfect Analogies. (Asia Dialogues, February 2016, audio and transcript)

4) The Industries of the Future
Alec Ross, Johns Hopkins University; Joanne Myers, Carnegie Council
Driverless cars, designer babies, crypto currencies, cyber warfare, pervasive "sousveillance" that erodes our privacy, often with our consent—what are the upsides and downsides of this brave new world? Alec Ross, who is neither a utopian nor a dystopian, expertly guides us through it. (Public Affairs, March 2016, audio, video, transcript, and TV show)

5) Japan's Politics: A Move toward Nationalism or more of the Status Quo?
Sheila A. Smith
, Council on Foreign Relations; Devin Stewart, Carnegie Council
Was Prime Minister Abe's landslide victory in the July elections a vote of confidence in his ability to jump-start Japan's stagnant economy, or simply a desire for stability? Will he use his majority to revise Japan's constitution? What is the mood of the country today, especially among young people? Find out from Japan scholar Sheila Smith. (Asia Dialogues, July 2016, audio and transcript)


1) Rethinking U.S. Strategy Towards China
Joshua Eisenman, Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
"To improve U.S. policy towards China to avoid, and yet be prepared for, conflict requires going beyond simplistic applications of international relations theory. It means opening the 'black box' of China's policymaking process to understand why it makes the decisions it does and how this process has changed and is changing." (Global Ethics Network/An Ethical Dialogue between Asia and the West article, January 2016)

2) The Symbiotic Relationship between Western Media and Terrorism
Javier Delgado Rivera, Journalist
Mass media and terrorism have become ever more intertwined in a mutually beneficial relationship often described as 'symbiotic.' This column examines that dynamic and outlines the need for news organizations to balance the public's right to know against the ability of militants to exploit news coverage to promote their beliefs. (Carnegie Ethics Online article, May 2016)

3) What Does Singapore Owe its Migrant Workers?
Matthew Sacco, Carnegie Council
In Tuas View, an industrial neighborhood in Singapore, migrant workers have little reason to leave their buildings. They live in a 15,000 square foot dormitory, where they enjoy fitness centers, movie theaters, food courts, and even a beer garden. Take a closer look, however, and a darker reality emerges. (Carnegie Ethics Online article, February 2016)

4) Southeast Asia—The Islamic State's New Front?
Joshua Kurlantzick
, Council on Foreign Relations
From Bangladesh to the Philippines, the Islamic State's efforts to win over South and Southeast Asians have been substantial and have increased over the past two years. What have been the results across the region, home to the largest number of Muslims in the world? What does the future hold? (Carnegie Ethics Online/Asia Dialogues article, October 2016)

5) Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2016
Ian Bremmer, Eurasia Group; Devin Stewart, Carnegie Council
Eurasia Group's Ian Bremmer discusses the top political risks for 2016 and gives a stark warning for the year ahead. Touching on the Saudi-Iranian tensions, China's footprint, and the eroding trans-Atlantic alliance, Bremmer says, "This is very likely to be the most dangerous year of geopolitical risk we have experienced since we started this process." (Ethics Matter, January 2016, audio, video, transcript, and TV show)