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


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.

Global Ethics Forum Preview: Return to Cold War with Robert Legvold  

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, Columbia University's Robert Legvold discusses the troubling state of U.S-Russian relations. In this excerpt, Legvold, author of Return to Cold War, offers some thoughts on how to get the conversation moving in the right direction, while acknowledging mistakes on both sides.

Karen Greenberg on Islamist Terrorism and Rogue Justice  

What attracts young people to radical Islamist terrorism? Targeted killings, indefinite detention, mass surveillance--have Americans allowed too much power to be vested in the presidency? How are different governments grappling with the tension between civil rights and security? Security expert Karen Greenberg discusses these difficult questions.

Major Security Challenges for the Next President  

Afghanistan; terrorism; U.S.-Russia relations; Col. McCausland gives an expert analysis of all these security challenges and more. Yet he concludes on a hopeful note: We need to remember that we are a great country. There are a lot of reasons to be optimistic. We endured in the past and by golly, we're going to endure in the future.

How to Achieve Military Victory and Maintain National and Personal Ethics  

Moshe Yaalon: Military excellence has handed us an advantage on the battlefield, but this edge can only be maintained if we preserve our ethical superiority. And as the war on terror develops and intensifies, so must our determination to deliver an unequivocal moral response to the challenges it brings.

Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World  

In today's connected world--a cosmopolis dominated by the four superpowers Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon--what we need is to have more but also better free speech, declares Garton Ash. The West, particularly the U.S., should strive to promote global free speech, and we must foster a robust civility despite our differences.

Global Ethics Forum Preview: The Industries of the Future with Alec Ross  

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, Johns Hopkins University's Alec Ross discusses artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and the dangers of our new technologies. In this excerpt, Ross, formerly Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's senior advisor for innovation, speaks about big data and how it is changing norms like privacy.

The Will to Lead: America's Indispensable Role in the Global Fight for Freedom  

The world is on fire, says Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former secretary general of NATO and former prime minister of Denmark. He goes on to make a strong case for the U.S. to be world policeman to restore international law and order: I don't see any capable, reliable, and desirable candidate for that function other than the United States.

Karin Aggestam on Sweden's Feminist Foreign Policy  

In 2015, the newly formed Swedish government not only declared that it was going to be a feminist government but its foreign minister, Margot Wallström, announced that it would be adopting a feminist foreign policy. What does this mean, both in theory and practice, and how are these policies working out? Lund University's Professor Aggestam explains.

Jayson Browder on a New Generation of Veteran Leaders  

U.S. Air Force veteran Jayson Browder discusses his work at Veterans in Global Leadership, which helps veterans become tomorrow's leaders. He also talks about the dishearteningly low percentages of veterans at elite schools and on Capitol Hill, and No One Left Behind, which lobbies for U.S. visas for Iraqi and Afghani interpreters.

Kumi Naidoo on Human Rights and the Impact of Climate Change  

Kumi Naidoo's activism began at 15 years old, when he risked his life to protest against apartheid in his native South Africa. The former president of Greenpeace hasn't stopped since. In this inspiring and wide-ranging conversation, we learn why he considers climate change to be the most important human rights issue of our time.

The Pros, Cons, and Ethical Dilemmas of Artificial Intelligence  

From driverless cars to lethal autonomous weapons, artificial intelligence will soon confront societies with new and complex ethical challenges. What's more, by 2034, 47 percent of U.S. jobs, 69 percent of Chinese jobs, and 75 percent of Indian jobs could all be done by machines. How should societies cope and what role should global governance play?

Measuring Positive and Negative Peace with the Global Peace Index  

If you're running a business you need metrics to succeed, and it's the same with peace, says Steve Killelea, founder of the Global Peace Index. The Index provides empirical ways to measure both negative peace--the absence of violence and fear of violence--and positive peace-- attitudes, institutions, and structures which create and sustain peace.

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