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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


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.

Global Ethics Forum Preview: Kumi Naidoo on Human Rights and the Impact of Climate Change  

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, former Greenpeace executive Kumi Naidoo discusses his life of activism, from fighting apartheid in South Africa to his focus on the environment. In this excerpt, Naidoo tells journalist Randall Pinkston why he sees the fight against climate change as part of the worldwide struggle for human rights.

Data for the People: How to Make our Post-Privacy Economy Work for You  

I want people to be empowered by the data they create and not to be stifled by the data they create, says Andreas Weigend, one of the world's top experts on the future of big data, social mobile technologies, and consumer behavior. Learn more about this important issue, which affects us all.

Alexander Görlach on Threats to Liberal Democracy  

In this wide-ranging and lively discussion, Alexander Görlach, founder of the debate magazine The European, tackles the rise of populism and the far right in Europe, Brexit, the results of the U.S. election, the refugee crisis, and more.

A Conversation with Robert Quinn on Scholars at Risk  

Scholars at Risk provides temporary teaching positions and advisory services to hundreds of threatened scholars around the world. Quinn describes how its caseload has doubled recently, largely because of Syria and Turkey. He also discusses challenges for U.S. colleges, from fake news, to Trump's immigration policies, to free speech on campuses.

The Secret War in Laos and the Role of the CIA  

Josh Kurlantzick, author of a new book on the U.S. secret war in Laos from 1961-73, notes that the war was responsible for greatly increasing the power of the CIA. Today the CIA, together with Special Forces, has become the tip of the spear in the U.S. war on terror, he continues, and it's very unlikely that it will be de-fanged under the new administration.

Global Ethics Forum Preview: Powerplay: The Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia with Victor Cha  

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, Georgetown's Victor Cha discusses the complex relationships America has with its East Asian allies. In this excerpt, Cha says that a dangerous environment in post-World War II Asia, in part, led to an American powerplay, rather than a more inclusive institution.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar Reflects on the Democratic Transition  

What were Myanmar's major challenges during its transition to democracy--and indeed to this day? What was the U.S. role in the transition? What is the situation with the Rohingya minority? How will the Trump administration approach Myanmar, and Southeast Asia in general? For answers, don't miss this discussion with Ambassador Mitchell.

Trump in Asia: Back to the Future?  

In many ways, we're back to the future of reassuring every friend and ally--and adversary--that U.S. constancy is there, says Chris Nelson. In some sense, that's the case for every new administration. But the difference this time is that during the campaign Trump did not present well as far as Asian observers, especially Republicans, were concerned.

Sensible Advice for Trump's Asia Policy  

Hopefully, 'America First' really means peace through strength; it means putting our economy and our economic policy at the forefront of our strategy; it means staying strong but using our force in only the most judicious manner. Asia-Pacific security expert Patrick Cronin analyzes the situation in Asia and offers practical advice for the new administration.

The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics  

How exactly should we define populism? What led to its current resurgence in Europe and the United States, on both the right and the left? And in particular, how can we explain the Trump phenomenon? For answers, don't miss this fascinating discussion with author and journalist John Judis.

Freedom of Expression in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Beyond  

Freelance journalist Ismail Einashe sees a dangerous backsliding of democracy and free media in sub-Saharan Africa, alongside an increase in Internet access and the influence of foreign media organizations. Two weeks into the new administration, are there parallels in the United States?

Shalini Kantayya: The Intersection of Ethics, the Environment, and Economics  

I think we as a movement have not done a good job of making climate change a kitchen-table issue, of making this an economic issue for working families, and that is what it is. This is about taking money from the 1 percent and putting it in the hands of the many, says filmmaker Shalini Kantayya.

Global Ethics Forum Preview: Islamic Exceptionalism with Shadi Hamid  

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, Brookings Institution's Shadi Hamid discusses the exceptionalism of Islam and what that means for law and governance. In this excerpt, Hamid tells a story to illustrate the degree to which Islamic history still resonates today.

Europe's Last Chance: Why the European States Must Form a More Perfect Union  

To avoid disaster, the EU needs to become a real federation, argues Guy Verhofstadt. That means a small, real European government controlled by two bodies, a parliament representing the citizens and a senate representing the Member States, with a real budget, with a defense union--with everything that is needed to make the Union more effective.

Instability on the Korean Peninsula and the Trump Administration  

North Korea is one of the most serious security risks facing the new U.S. administration and South Korea has a political vacuum at the top after impeaching its president. What are the possible scenarios over the next few years? Don't miss this in-depth conversation with Devin Stewart and Korea expert Scott Snyder.

Will Trump be a Madman in Asia?  

Are there advantages to Trump being seen as an unpredictable madman when dealing with Asia, as Nixon was once described in relation to Vietnam? Or will it just make things worse? Devin Stewart discusses Trump's potential foreign policy approaches to Asia with former State Department official Daniel Markey.

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