U.S. Foreign Policy
Interview in World Affairs Commentary by RAHIM KANANI.
RAHIM KANANI: As you observe U.S. foreign policy in the context of the recent and continued uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa, his ethical argument how would you assess the Obama Administration’s current posture towards the crises?
JOEL ROSENTHAL: For an administration that came to power promising a new posture of “engagement,” the recent crises offer an opportunity that President Obama could have barely imagined when he went to Cairo in 2009.
Transcript of interview with Alan Chartock, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, first broadcast on February 24, 2011.
I would like to begin my presentation by telling you a bit about the Carnegie Council—and specifically, the word “ethics” in our title. This simple word, “ethics,” informs our approach. It is my hope that will also add value to our discussion today.
By ethics, I do not mean simply compliance with law. Compliance is of course an essential part of ethics. But it is only a beginning. Compliance is a floor, a minimum upon which to build. Many actions in government, business, or private life comply with the law but are not optimal from an ethical perspective.
What does one need to know to be a leader in the field of public policy? I want to argue for the centrality of ethics as a basic component of leadership training for anyone pursuing a career in public and international affairs.
If you are a student, please take a moment to ask yourself what you have learned about ethics in your time in the classroom. If you are a teacher or administrator, consider what your curriculum covers in this regard.
Transcript of an interview with The Current, Columbia University’s undergraduate journal of contemporary politics, culture, and Jewish affairs.
THE CURRENT: What does it mean for the Carnegie Council to be “the voice for ethics in international policy”?
JOEL ROSENTHAL: This organization is unique in trying to link the concept of ethics to public policy at the international level. We’re traditional in our approach. We start with Socrates and the question of how should one live, the “ought” question—what is the ideal?
A discussion between Joel H. Rosenthal, Michael J. Smith, William F. Felice, and Donald Eastman that took place March 8, 2005.
It was the third in a four-part series entitled “America and the World: Ethical Dimensions of Power.”