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


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.

Global Ethics Forum Preview: The Needs of Refugee Women and Children in the Global Humanitarian Crisis with Sarah Costa  

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, Women's Refugee Commission executive director Sarah Costa, describes the tragedy of the migrant crisis. In this excerpt, Costa shares some shocking numbers about refugees, with a special focus on the hardships of women and children.

What is Populism?  

There's a wave of populist leaders around the world right now, from Erdogan to Trump. What defines a populist exactly, and why are they so dangerous? Learn more in this most timely interview.

Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle over Islam Is Reshaping the World  

Many liberals hope that Islam will follow the same trajectory as Christianity and the West: a reformation and eventually secularization. But we should beware of assuming that all societies will follow the same path, says Shadi Hamid. Indeed he has come to the reluctant conclusion that Islam will be resistant to secularization for a long time to come.

Global Ethics Forum Preview: New Paradigms for Refugee Camps and Humanitarian Aid with Kilian Kleinschmidt  

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, Kilian Kleinschmidt, the former head of the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, discusses a new paradigm for humanitarian aid. In this excerpt, Kleinschmidt talks to Stephane Sy about specific, common-sense ways to give refugees a sense of dignity.

Powerplay: The Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia  

Why is there no NATO in Asia? After World War II, why did the United States opt for bilateral relationships with countries like Japan and South Korea? As Georgetown's Victor Cha explains, this was a powerplay by the Americans to contend with a dangerous and complex East Asia. Does this arrangement still make sense today?

Managing Resource Conflict with a Human Rights Approach  

Earth Institute research scientist Joshua Fisher explores the links between natural resource management, conflict, and climate change in this conversation with Senior Fellow Devin Stewart. With a focus on gold mining in Papua New Guinea, how can governments, corporations, and citizens work together to build trust?

China, Japan, and America: Three Tigers on One Mountain?  

I don't think you can write about China and Japan without writing also about the United States, says journalist Richard McGregor. How has this complicated and high-stakes relationship evolved under Xi, Abe, and Obama? Is there room on the mountain for three tigers?

Global Ethics Forum Preview: The Invention of Russia with Arkady Ostrovsky  

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, Economist editor Arkady Ostrovsky discusses the war in Ukraine, Gorbachev's vision, and how Vladimir Putin maintains absolute control. In this excerpt, Ostrovsky illustrates the highly unusual way that the Russian media and security services shaped the narrative in the run-up to the annexation of Crimea and the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

Inside an Apple iPhone Factory in China  

What really goes on in an Apple factory in China? In this fascinating conversation, Carnegie Council Senior Fellow Devin Stewart talks to Dejian Ken Zeng, a grad student who went undercover at an iPhone factory in Shanghai, about 12-hour workdays, his minimalist life in the dorms, and why it's so hard to organize a labor movement in China.

Peacemakers in Action: An In-depth Discussion of Religious Peacebuilding  

Don't miss this remarkable conversation with Joyce Dubensky, CEO of Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, and one of Tanenbaum's peacemakers, Rev. Bill Lowrey, who spent a decade in South Sudan. They explain the work of Tanenbaum's international network of peacemakers--the people on the ground who never quit.

Global Ethics Forum Preview: Time to Wake Up with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse  

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island passionately argues for the need for Congressional action on climate change. In this excerpt, Senator Whitehouse, speaking with Carnegie Council Senior Fellow Ted Widmer, discusses exactly why Republican senators have been so resistant to climate bills.

The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era  

BC--before the Constitution--the history of the world was the history of kings, emperors, and tsars. AD--after the document--the world would never be the same again, says Constitutional law scholar Akhil Reed Amar. And the Constitution is particularly important in a fraught presidential election like this one.

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