- Will Consumers Pay More To Not Source from China?
Retailer H&M will stop relying on Chinese garment factories and suppliers located in Xinjiang, over concerns about the use of Uyghers as forced labor. However, if higher costs are marketed as part of the price for ending ties with Chinese suppliers over human rights concerns, will consumers respond? Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev shares his thoughts.
- Protests in Perspective: The Protests Go Global, with Mary L. Dudziak & Brenda Gayle Plummer
The killing of George Floyd and the wave of protests that followed bring to life the current struggle for civil rights, human rights, and social justice. Why did the protests go global? How does the history of global responses to American injustice inform our understanding of contemporary developments? Emory's Mary L. Dudziak and Wisconsin's Brenda Gayle Plummer share their thoughts in this fascinating discussion.
- Ecological Dimension of Foreign Policy
One of the emerging narratives about United States foreign policy is the use of climate change as a central organizing principle. How can ecological and environmental aid be applied to the national interests for the United States? Can it help redefine America's engagement in the world?
- The Ethics of Non-Cooperation: COVID Vaccine Questions
The search for a COVID-19 vaccine is another example of how the pandemic has increased competition among nations, writes Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev. Will the Trump administration proceed with its "transactional mindset" if the U.S. is the first to develop a vaccine? Will China and Canada be able to work together despite ideological differences?
- Bill Burns and Narratives About U.S. Foreign Policy
Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev compares diplomat Bill Burns' recent article in "The Atlantic" with his own report on U.S. Global Engagement, "The Search for a New Narrative." Burns echoes, "The United States must choose from three broad strategic approaches: retrenchment, restoration, and reinvention."
- TIGRE: The Missing Link? Operationalizing the Democratic Community Narrative
Does the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as renewed concerns about overdependence on China, create an opening for the United States to move forward on decoupling from autocracies and reorienting both security and economic ties to allies who share similar values? Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev shares his thoughts.
- Ethical Leadership in Times of Crisis, with Jeff McCausland
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended daily life for everyone. From large corporations to small non-profits to schools to the military, leaders at all types of organizations are struggling to manage the fear and uncertainty that comes with this crisis. What are the best principles for leading amidst this chaos? Senior Fellow Jeff McCausland, a retired U.S. Army colonel, shares his strategies and historical examples of extraordinary leadership.
- Fractured Globalization & the Future of the International System, with Nikolas Gvosdev
Nikolas Gvosdev, direct of the U.S. Global Engagement program, recently spoke to the World Affairs Forum to discuss "fractured globalization" amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
- China's Changing Role in the Pandemic-Driven World: A Dove's Perspective
What do China's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and U.S. reactions to China inform us about the relations between these two major powers? Is the growing U.S. animosity toward China, fostered by the White House as well as both political parties, justified? Amitai Etzioni shares his thoughts in an article for the U.S. Global Engagement program.
- COVID-19 & the Future of Health Data, with Mona Sloane
The implementation of contact tracing and the collection of health data may be necessary for life to return to "normal" in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, but is there any way to make sure these practices don't turn into "tools of oppression"? Mona Sloane, fellow at NYU's Institute for Public Knowledge, discusses her concerns about the "normalization" of these technologies and the effect that these strategies could have on vulnerable communities.
- Prospects for Global Coordination in an Age of Pandemics & Emerging Climate Technologies, with Cynthia Scharf
Much like efforts to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, combatting climate change requires cooperation on a global scale. And yet the history of international climate negotiations shows just how difficult that can be. What, if anything, can we learn from the global response to the pandemic that might aid in governing new, climate-altering technologies? Cynthia Scharf, senior strategy director of the Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative, shares her thoughts.
- Health Data, Privacy, & Surveillance: How Will the Lockdowns End? with Effy Vayena & Jeffrey Kahn
How should we think about privacy and government surveillance during the COVID-19 pandemic? Johns Hopkins' Jeffrey Kahn and ETH Zurich's Effy Vayena discuss health data and government surveillance, focusing on contract tracing apps in Europe and immunity certificates in the United States, with Carnegie Council President Joel Rosenthal in this virtual webinar.
- Further on Pandemics, Solidarity, & Narratives
Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev reflects on the erosion of solidarity between nations admidst the COVID-19 pandemic. What will a "new normal" in world affairs look like in its aftermath?
- Ethics, Surveillance, & the Coronavirus Pandemic, with Arthur Holland Michel
As U.S. states and European nations contemplate how to end the COVID-19 quarantine, Senior Fellow Arthur Holland Michel discusses all aspects of surveillance and ethics. From ongoing issues in Baltimore to technologies focused on location data to the future of privacy and government regulation in a post-pandemic world, Michel and host Alex Woodson look at the current "Cambrian explosion" in surveillance technology.
- COVID-19: Eroding the Ethics of Solidarity?
"Solidarity is easy when there is no perceived cost or major sacrifice entailed," writes Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev. How has the COVID-19 pandemic stress-tested the depths and resilience of solidarity between states?
- Ethics, International Affairs, & the COVID-19 Pandemic
Even though our physical office in New York City is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our work has continued without pause. We are adapting to our new reality and our recent podcasts and blog posts reflect this. The effects of pandemic have deep implications for the future of international relations; how nations are using artificial intelligence, surveillance, and big data; and the ways that private citizens, corporations, and states communicate and receive information online, as disinformation and pseudoscience become even more dangerous.
- Hungary and the Values Test
In the wake of the Hungarian parliament's vote to allow the executive to rule by decree, Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev reflects on the call by some to expel Hungary from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization--on the grounds that the country no longer upholds the liberal-democratic values that should form the basis of the security association.
- Does COVID-19 Change International Relations?
Does a global pandemic change the nature of international affairs? Is it likely to foster international cooperation, or will it promote disintegrative tendencies within the global system? Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev shares his thoughts.
- Peace By Poison: How the Coronavirus Could Fix Globalization Problems
How is the COVID-19 pandemic stress-testing the international system? Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev writes that the virus is accelerating a series of disintegrative processes, which could end up ushering in the long-awaited post–Cold War world. This article was first published on March 14, 2020 and an excerpt was reprinted with the kind permission of "The National Interest."
- What Do Americans Think . . .
The U.S. Global Engagement program at Carnegie Council has been conducting a survey of attitudes about U.S. foreign policy with an eye to understanding where Americans are prepared to accept risks or prioritize tradeoffs with competing clusters of values and interests. Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev reviews some of the preliminary results.