The People's Choice: Carnegie Council's Top Ten for 2009

Jan 04, 2010, 08:00 ET from Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

NEW YORK, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 2009 was a hard year on many fronts and this is reflected in our audience favorites. Concerns include making sense of the financial crisis; predicting future risks; and coming up with new strategies for the 21st century. To watch, listen, and read all these and more, go to

No. 7 on the list, "Top Risks and Ethical Decisions, 2009," was so popular that on January 13, a similar panel will discuss "Top Risks" for 2010 (with live webcast). For more details see our web calendar:

    1. The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
    Niall Ferguson, Harvard University (video, audio, transcript)
    The economies of China and America are so entwined that neither can
     afford to let the other fail.

    2. The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century
    George Friedman, Strategic Forecasting, Inc. (video, audio,
    Which nations will be the winners and losers? These predictions may
     surprise you.

    3. Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery
    Siddharth Kara, Free the Slaves (video, audio, transcript)
    The biggest illegal business after drugs, sex slaves generated
     profits of $35.7 billion in 2007.

    4. On Promoting Democracy
    Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study (article)
    States are not the only, or even the most important, agents of regime

    5. Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for
    Dambisa Moyo, economic specialist, Sub-Saharan Africa (video, audio,
    Decades of international aid have only made things worse in Africa.

    6. The Balance between Risk and Return Is Everybody's Business
    Ann Rutledge, R&R Consulting (article)
    Risk has shifted from corporations to individuals, and many ordinary
     Americans got burned.

    7. Top Risks and Ethical Decisions, 2009
    Ian Bremmer, Eurasia Group; Art Kleiner, Booz & Company; Michele
     Wucker, World Policy Institute; Thomas Stewart, Booz & Company
     (video, audio, transcript)
    This expert panel predicts risks for what they agree will be a very
     tough year.

    8. The Crisis of Islamic Civilization
    Ali A. Allawi, former Iraq government official (video, audio,
    What caused the decline of Islamic civilization and how can it be

    9. The Crisis of American Foreign Policy: Wilsonianism in the Twenty-
     First Century
    Anne-Marie Slaughter, U.S. State Department (video, audio,
    Who's right, the neocons or the liberal internationalists?

    10. Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?
    Michael Sandel, Harvard University (video, audio, transcript)
    A lively debate with the audience on what we owe to society.

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