Carnegie Council Audio Podcast

Carnegie Council Audio Podcast

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Listen to events at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. Speakers and interviewees include distinguished authors, government and UN officials, economists, policymakers, and businesspeople. Topics range from the ethics of war and peace, to the place of religion in politics, to issues at the forefront of global social justice. To learn more about our work and to explore a wealth of related resources, please visit our website at


Duterte's Drug War and Human Rights in Southeast Asia  

President Duterte has created a human rights calamity, says Phelim Kine of Human Rights Watch. In just over over eight months, 7,000 of the poorest, most marginalized Filipinos have been killed. What's needed is a UN special investigation. Without one, and without sustained exposure of these killings, things are only going to get worse.

The Lockerbie Bombing: The Search for Justice  

In 1988, a bomb detonated on Pan Am 103, killing all on board and devastating the Scottish town of Lockerbie. A Libyan was convicted of the crime. His subsequent release from prison and deportation to Libya caused an international controversy. Kenny MacAskill explains his decision to release him and the complex intrigues involved in this case.

Teaching Ethics at the Coast Guard Academy with Lt. Tony Gregg  

Lt. Tony Gregg is an active-duty officer and instructor of moral and ethical philosophy for the Coast Guard Academy. In this talk, he discusses his path to his current role, how ethics is intertwined with the mission of the Coast Guard, and why his students surprise him.

The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies are Changing the Way We Have Kids—and the Kids We Have  

Scientists already have the ability to edit genes to treat hereditary diseases, and to screen in vitro embyros for such diseases. Where will these evolving technologies lead? Will developing designer babies increase the already growing divide between rich and poor? What are the ethical issues involved and how do we regulate this new frontier?

Indonesia's Jihadists, and the Rise of Female Terrorists  

Indonesia is sometimes described as the smiling face of Islam, but the reality is much more complex. Naraniyah explains the shifting landscape of Indonesian Islamic extremist groups, and notes that women are playing an increasingly important role, many of them inspired by images on social media of female ISIS supporters around the world.

Orville Schell on China's Role in the World  

Orville Schell has been reporting on China since 1970. In this wide-ranging and insightful conversation he looks at China and the U.S. exit from TPP; North Korea; the South China Sea; China's values system (or lack of one); human rights; climate change; and more.

Global Ethics Forum Preview: Thank You for Being Late with Thomas L. Friedman  

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman discusses his optimism as society and humanity change exponentially. In this excerpt, Friedman details the three accelerations that are radically reshaping the way we live.

Trump and the Intelligence Community: The View from a Former CIA Analyst  

Eisenstat spent most of her government career in the background, but Trump's unorthodox CIA address convinced her to add to the public discourse in a calm and credible way. In this talk, she discusses her powerful New York Times editorial, the dangers of an executive/intelligence community rift, and a complicated time for government employees.

Breaking Barriers: The Air Force and the Future of Cyberpower  

The Air Force is heading America's efforts to modernize and secure its digital infrastructure and incorporate cyberspace into every aspect of its operations. Learn more in this talk with Lt. Gen. Bender, the Air Force's chief information officer and the leader of nearly 55,000 cyber operators.

Global Ethics Forum Preview: The Future of Journalism with Charles Sennott  

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, the GroundTruth Project's Charles Sennott discusses the future of journalism. In this excerpt, Sennott talks to journalist Stephanie Sy about the important role that journalism played at another divisive point in recent American history.

Pankaj Mishra on our Age of Anger  

I think the reason why so many people feel angry and disaffected is that too much has been promised to them in recent decades and the globalized economy has not delivered to large numbers of people on these promises, says Pankaj Mishra, in this discussion about his very timely book, The Age of Anger.

Human Rights Narratives and Active Resistance, with Sujata Gadka-Wilcox  

Gadkar-Wilcox says that when it comes to human rights, we need to ask more questions about systems and origins. This is especially important now, as Americans confront a powerful executive branch pushing simplistic narratives and alternative facts. What are the responsibilities of individuals? How can we start these challenging discussions?

A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order  

Concerned about where the world is heading? Don't miss this measured and comprehensive overview from Richard Haas, in which he lays out the global situation facing President Trump and what may lie ahead. Topics include the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Russia, NATO, the UN, and the main factor behind job losses.

Global Ethics Forum Preview: Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion with Paul Bloom  

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, Yale professor Paul Bloom makes a passionate argument for rational compassion and against empathy. In this excerpt, Bloom discusses how empathy can be dangerously exploited in the name of nationalism and for political gain.

Cultural Relations and their Effects on Politics and Economics  

J. P. Singh describes himself as working at the intersection of culture and political economy, examining how ways of life and their symbolic representations bleed over into politics and economics. This discussion ranges from cultural politics in the U.S. and the UK, to Singh's book Sweet Talk on post-colonialism paternalism in trade deals, and more.

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow  

Soon, humankind may be able to replace natural selection with intelligent design and to create the first inorganic lifeforms, says Noah Yuval Harari. If so, this will be the greatest revolution since life began. But what are the dangers, and are they avoidable?

A Chaotic White House and Military Force in East Asia  

In this outspoken and thoughtful interview, former State Department adviser Eliot Cohen expresses his dismay at the chaotic and very badly run administration and discusses the threats from China and North Korea, the role of the U.S. in the world, and the different approaches to military strategy taken by the West (Clausewitz) and China (Sun Tzu).

Geoeconomics and Statecraft: Is China Outdoing the United States?  

Co-author of War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft, Jennifer Harris defines geoeconomics as the use of economic instruments to achieve specific geopolitical results. Why and how are the Chinese so good at this and how will Trump do? While the verdict is still out, says Harris, Trump's instincts run exactly 180 degrees in the opposite direction.

Trump and the Trilateral Relationship in Northeast Asia  

Asia expert and former Bush administration official Michael Green discusses the recent meeting between Trump and Abe and what may come of it, on trade in particular; the crucial trilateral alliance between the U.S., Japan, and South Korea; and finally, he offers some advice for the Trump administration going forward.

Panel Discussion on Geoengineering - Launch of Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2)  

C2G2 serves a vital purpose: connecting and mobilizing actors from many sectors of society to look at the very real possibilities of engineering the climate--a prospect which offers great potential but also great peril. This  discussion tackles geoengineering from different perspectives, including those of scientists, the Red Cross, and Greenpeace.

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