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


Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations  

From massive leaps in technology to ever-increasing globalization to the acceleration of climate change, workplace, politics, geopolitics, and ethics are all going through tectonic shifts. Why is this happening? Why was 2007 such a turning point and what's next? Thomas Friedman makes sense of it all, and offers hope going forward.

Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2017  

The world is entering a geopolitical recession, i.e. an unwinding of the old global order, says political scientist Ian Bremmer, in his grimmest forecast ever. Topics include the potential challenges from a Trump administration, President Obama's legacy of a more fractured world, human rights in the Middle East, and the fate of liberalism.

Andreas Hatzigeorgiou on Global Cities, Migration, and Stockholm's Economy  

Stockholm is now the fastest growing capital in Europe, and Andreas Hatzigeorgiou brings a useful international perspective to his position as chief economist at the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. In this wide-ranging conversation he discusses Stockholm's enormous success as a tech hub, Sweden's immigration policies, and much more.

Indonesia's Growing Islamist Populism  

November and December 2016 saw mass demonstrations in Jakarta, the largest protests in Indonesia's history. The demonstrators demanded that the city governor, an ethnic Chinese and a Christian, be prosecuted and then arrested for blasphemy against Islam. What are the forces behind these confrontations and what will be the consequences?

Women's Rights are Human Rights: Global Challenges to Reproductive Health  

How will the Trump presidency affect women's rights, not only in the U.S. but around the world? Will the Sustainable Development Goals really succeed in improving women's health and reducing gender inequalities? Emotions run high on these issues. How can we find common ground? Don't miss this important discussion.

GroundTruth's Charles Sennott on the Future of Journalism  

Despite all the challenges, right now is one of the most exciting moments for a new generation to redefine journalism, says Charles Sennott. The core goals of great journalism will never change--being there on the ground, giving voice to the voiceless--but the way we can push stories out through social media is extraordinary.

Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion  

We often think that empathy, our capacity to feel someone's pain, is the ultimate source of goodness. Nothing could be farther from the truth, argues psychology professor Paul Bloom. Scientific studies show that empathy is a capricious and irrational emotion that can cloud people's judgement and even lead to violence and cruelty.

Global Ethics Forum Preview: Terrorism and Rogue Justice with Karen Greenberg  

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, Fordham Law's Karen Greenberg discusses ISIS in Europe and America and ways to counter violent extremism. In this excerpt, Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University School of Law, tells Stephanie Sy about trends that she sees among Americans convicted of trying to join terrorist groups.

A Conversation on Effective Altruism with Jennifer Rubenstein  

The term effective altruism means that individuals should be sure to maximize the good they do, by donating to the most cost-effective charities, for example, rather than those that are simply emotionally satisfying. The term effective altruism means that individuals should be sure to maximize the good they do, by donating to the most cost-effective charities, for example, rather than those that are simply emotionally satisfying. What are the promises and pitfalls of this approach? Find out more, with this thoughtful podcast.

Risks to U.S.-China Relations Under Trump  

Where are U.S.-China relations right now and where are they headed? I don't think we should give up hope in some way forward. But it's very tough, especially given what we know of the personalities of the two leaders involved, says China expert Wasserstrom. Going beyond the headlines, he provides valuable background information and insights.

The Ethics and Governance of Geoengineering  

The definition of geoengineering is large-scale human intervention with the Earth in order to change the climate, says Janos Pasztor, and to manage the world's climate responsibly, we may have to deploy it someday. If we do, the most important issue will be governance: How do you decide how far to go? When do you start? When do you stop?

Foreign Fighters, Homegrown Terrorism, and the Prevention of Violent Extremism  

What are the driving forces behind the increase in homegrown terrorism and what can be done to stop it? Ali Soufan and Seamus Hughes, veterans in preventing violent extremism, explain the complexities and challenges of this global threat.

Global Ethics Forum Preview: The Ethics and Governance of Geoengineering with Janos Pasztor  

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, Janos Pasztor, director of the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Project, discusses new technology and our changing climate. In this clip, Pasztor, who is also senior advisor to the UN secretary-general on climate change, gives Stephanie Sy an introduction to geongineering.

Jamal Sowell on Leadership, Veterans, and Escaping the Bubble  

I want to do everything I can to make a difference on the Earth while I'm still here, says Jamal Sowell. Currently a fellow at Indiana University, he discusses his journey from shy boy to student body president, from U.S. Marine to the University of Florida's staff, and offers advice on how to serve, lead, and succeed.

Artificial Intelligence: What Everyone Needs to Know  

We're asking the wrong questions about artificial intelligence, says AI expert Jerry Kaplan. Machines are not going to take over the world. They don't have emotions or creativity. They are just able to process large amounts of data and draw logical conclusions. These new technologies will bring tremendous advances--along with new ethical and practical issues.

Global Ethics Forum Preview: The Pros, Cons, and Ethical Dilemmas of Artificial Intelligence with Wendell Wallach  

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, Yale University's Wendell Wallach discusses the ethics of artificial intelligence, touching on workplace automation, self-driving cars, and the future of war. In this excerpt, Wallach tells Stephanie Sy why he and many other experts are worried about lethal autonomous weapons, more commonly known as killer robots.

The Indispensable Role of Trust: A Conversation with Judge William Webster  

Don't miss this candid conversation with Judge Webster, current chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, and former director of both the CIA and the FBI, the only person to hold both these positions. He discusses James Comey's handling of Hillary Clinton's emails, covert operations such as Abscam, and much more.

A Conversation on Climate Change and Forced Displacement with David Sussman  

Conflict and war are often talked about as main drivers of forced displacement, but researcher David Sussman also points to climate change and consumerism as major factors. How is this playing out in Latin America and the Pacific islands? And, in regards to these issues, what can we expect from the Trump administration?

Global Ethics Forum Preview: A Conversation with Krista Tippett on Becoming Wise  

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, Krista Tippett, host of radio program On Being, talks religion, politics, and how to build a more hopeful future. In this excerpt, Tippett and Stephanie Sy discusses the importance of channeling passion and conviction into meaningful dialogue in today's polarized world.

Perceptions of Muslims and Islam in the U.S. in Light of Trump's Victory  

What will Trump's victory mean for American Muslims? How have attitudes towards them changed over the years? (The answer may surprise you.) How does this moment compare to the Red Scare of WWI and after? And how can U.S. Muslims counter any hate that may arise? Don't miss this enlightening discussion.

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