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Climate Change and the Power to Act: An Ethical Approach for Practical Progress
Robyn Eckersley, Ronald Jumeau, Darrel Moellendorf, Suma Peesapati
Robyn Eckersley, Ronny Jumeau, Darrel Moellendorf, and Suma Peesapati each discuss how we can advance climate justice globally and locally in the years ahead. These clips summarize the participants' comments made as part of a roundtable hosted by the Carnegie Council's journal, Ethics & International Affairs, at the International Studies Association's Annual Convention, which took place in April 2018.
HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship, with Nadine Strossen
Nadine Strossen gives a rousing, detailed, and convincing defense of free speech as it is laid out in the First Amendment. "American law really is nuanced and makes a great deal of common sense," she says and while censorship of 'hate speech' in other countries is certainly well-intended, in practice the laws have proven to do more harm than good.
Why Ethics Matter in International Affairs
Reuben E. Brigety II, Janne E. Nolan, Christopher A. Kojm, Joel H. Rosenthal
How can you ensure that ethics are a core component, not only of an international affairs education, but of graduates' performance once they go out in the field? In this event for students and alumni of the Elliott School of International Affairs, the School's Dean Brigety and Professors Nolan and Kojm, along with Carnegie Council President Rosenthal, discuss the thorny issues of ethics, leadership, and practice in international relations.
Clip of the Month: Dignity, Human Rights, & Ethics, with Nadine Strossen
Last week, former ACLU President Nadine Strossen gave a powerful talk on her new book "HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship." Throughout the presentation, Strossen offered an unqualified endorsement of free speech in response to hatred and discrimination. In this clip, Strossen, now a professor at New York Law School, uses Carnegie Council's mission statement to make the case for inalienable human rights and the moral responsibility “to raise our voices to counter hateful, discriminatory, and stereotyped ideas.”
Democracy Promotion in the Age of Trump
Adrian A. Basora, Maia Otarashvili, Nikolas K. Gvosdev
In this panel Adrian Basora makes a strong case for democracy as not only promoting American values but also serving U.S. interests, while Maia Otarashvili gives a frightening overview of the rise of "illiberal values" (Viktor Orbán's phrase) in the Eurasia region. Basora and Otarashvili are co-editors of "Does Democracy Matter? The United States and Global Democracy Support" and Nikolas Gvosdev is one of the contributors.
From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin's Russia, with Michael McFaul
As Obama's adviser on Russian affairs, Michael McFaul helped craft the United States' policy known as "reset" that fostered new and unprecedented collaboration between the two countries. Then, as U.S. ambassador to Russia from 2012-2014, he had a front-row seat when this fleeting moment crumbled with Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency. "It's tragic," he says. "How is it that we have come back to something close to the Cold War?"
Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War, with Paul Scharre
Paul Scharre, Joanne J. Myers
What are the ethical implications of autonomous weapons? Can artificial intelligence adequately mirror human judgement? Paul Scharre, director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, sets out to answer these questions.
Clip of the Month: Ethical Implications of Autonomous Weapons, with Paul Scharre
What will future wars look like? As technology and artificial intelligence advance quickly, the possibility that machines could independently select and engage targets without human intervention is fast approaching. Former U.S. Army Ranger Paul Scharre illustrates the complex ethical questions behind these new weapons with the story of when his sniper team encountered a little girl in the mountains of Afghanistan, walking with her goats. Can we use this new technology without losing our humanity in the process?