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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


Asha Castleberry on Trump's Generals and the Fight Against ISIS  

Asha Castleberry, Fordham professor and U.S. Army veteran, gives detailed updates of the campaigns against ISIS in Mosul and Raqqa and the endlessly complicated Syrian Civil War. She also discusses the ups and downs of Trump's strategy in the Middle East and the influence of Secretary Mattis and National Security Advisor McMaster.

Global Ethics Forum Preview: Homo Deus with Yuval Noah Harari  

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, best-selling author Yuval Noah Harari discusses the ethical implications of the next phase of human development. In this excerpt, Harari explains how new technologies and intelligent design will have unintended consequences.

Crisis of the Liberal Order  

What explains the global resurgence of populism and the rise of political actors on the right? And what are the effects on longstanding alliances, international institutions, and accepted norms? Don't miss this lively conversation with Leon Botstein, president of Bard College, and international affairs expert Walter Russell Mead.

Shades of Red and Blue: State of the Union  

When the Nixon administration fell into a chasm of disgrace, many felt that not only the Republican Party had been tarnished, but the presidency itself. Yet, the "ship of state" remained on an even keel. Can America still govern itself effectively? Hear from John W. Dean, Hendrik Hertzberg, and John Podhoretz. This program is part of the Shades of Red and Blue series, presented by The Ethics Centre, and co-sponsored by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and Bard Globalization and International Affairs program. This program was recorded on April 1, 2017.

Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West  

From January 2015 to July 2016, 239 people in France died in terrorist attacks. In this gripping talk, leading French scholar Gilles Kepel explains the causes behind this new wave of violent jihad and discusses why Europe is the main target.

Global Ethics Forum Preview: China's Role in the World with Orville Schell  

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, Asia Society's Orville Schell discusses liberalism's decline, China-U.S. relations, and Xi Jinping's worldview. In this excerpt, Schell talks with journalist Stephanie Sy about his own background and how that has shaped his thinking on human rights in China.

Shades of Red and Blue: Global Security  

For more than half a century, the United States has shouldered a disproportionate share of global security burdens. As China rises and Russia reasserts its place in the world, can America control its destiny? Hear from Thomas N. Nichols, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Elmira Bayrasli, Walter Russell Mead, and James Ketterer. This program is part of the Shades of Red and Blue series, presented by the Ethics Centre, and co-sponsored by Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program.

#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media  

How is today's Internet driving political fragmentation, polarization, and even extremism—and what can be done about it? Legal scholar Cass Sunstein shares the results of his research.

Global Ethics Forum Preview: Cultural Relations and their Effects on Politics and Economics with J. P. Singh  

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, J. P. Singh, director of the Institute for International Cultural Relations, discusses how culture affects all aspects of society. In this excerpt, Singh talks with journalist Randall Pinkston about how organizations like his can defend liberal values in these challenging times.

Shades of Red and Blue: Fake News, Free Speech, and the Media  

This program is part of the Shades of Red and Blue series, presented by the Ethics Centre, and co-sponsored by Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program. It features Salman Rushdie, Leon Botstein, Lachlan Markay, M. Z. Hemingway, and Matthew Continetti speaking on fake news, free speech, and the media.

Limiting Civilian Casualties as Part of a Winning Strategy  

"Limiting civilian casualties is always morally and ethically the right thing to do," declares Joseph Felter, speaking from both the results of his research and personal military experience. "But in some situations, in some types of conflicts—asymmetric conflicts, counterinsurgencies, the types of conflicts we have seen in Iraq and Afghanistan, for example—it is also part of winning."

The Coming War with China? The Ethics of Confrontation in the Pacific  

Are the United States and China on the brink of war? Can the two nations avoid miscalculation and instead find common ground? Find out what this expert panel has to say.

Democracy and the Deep State in Myanmar  

In this fascinating interview, Maureen Aung-Thwin, founder of the Burma Project at Open Society Foundations, describes how the Project helped Burma's transition to democracy starting in 1993, and what the situation is today. Our aim was to put ourselves out of a job, says Aung-Thwin, and you could say we succeeded--but there's still a lot of work to do.

The Intersection of Religion, Identity, and Peacemaking with Rev. Robert Chase  

Rev. Robert Chase has spent 10 years as director of Intersections International, working "to bring disparate groups together in search of peaceful and socially just resolution to long-held conflicts." In this wide-ranging talk, he discusses his time in Pakistan and Kazakhstan, working with New York's Muslim community, and how then-Senator Obama inspired him in 2004.

Global Ethics Forum Preview: A Conversation on Scholars at Risk with Robert Quinn  

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, Scholars at Risk executive director Robert Quinn discusses how his organization is helping professors and students around the world. In this excerpt, Quinn tells journalist Stephanie Sy the inspiring story of a human rights researcher from Afghanistan who was saved by the program.

A Conversation on Statelessness with Kristy A. Belton  

There are over 10 million stateless people around the world, says researcher Kristy A. Belton, with, often, limited access to banking, education, health care, and countless other services. What does this situation look like in the Dominican Republic and Haiti? How can civil society and the world's "citizens" help to address this problem?

Easternization: Asia's Rise and America's Decline from Obama to Trump and Beyond  

"Financial Times" chief foreign affairs commentator Gideon Rachman says, "We've reached the point where the West's grip on world affairs begins to loosen." China's economic rise is, indeed, a big reason for this shift, but how do Brexit, Crimea, and "red lines" fit into the story? What will be the effect on Southeast Asia, Australia, and Africa?

Megatech: Technology in 2050  

In this insightful interview, "Economist" executive editor Daniel Franklin discusses driverless cares, gene-editing, artificial intelligence, and much more. Are we entering an "accelerando" stage of technological change? And what are the ethical implications?

Local Politics and Criminal Justice Reform with Mohammed Alam  

With his roles at Center for Court Innovation, focusing on criminal justice reform, and with the Young Democrats, working to find the next generation of progressive New York politicians, Mohammed Alam is at the center of some of America's most pressing debates. As the federal government goes in a different direction, what can be done at the local level?

Global Ethics Forum Preview: Threats to Liberal Democracy with Alexander Görlach  

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, Harvard’s Alexander Görlach discusses the rise of populism, fake news, and other threats to liberal democracy around the world. In this excerpt, journalist Stephanie Sy talks with Görlach about how his upbringing in Germany influenced his worldview.

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