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Global Policy Innovations Program

A growing body of innovative scholarship offers promising strategies for sustainable development and a fairer globalization. Yet, these proposals have not been disseminated in a coordinated fashion. In response to this challenge, the Global Policy Innovations program provides a forum for pragmatic alternatives to the current global economic order.

Website: http://www.policyinnovations.org


Global Policy Innovations
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
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The Carnegie Council's Global Policy Innovations program aims to enhance and inform public debate on the existence of positive development alternatives by creating a centralized hub to serve two primary purposes:

1. An online magazine format to feature the work of partners associated with the project, and from the fairer globalization community more broadly.

2. A database of papers, organizations, and specialists that links the websites and databases of project partners.

Building a Foundation of Trust: U.S. - China Cooperation in Africa
April 29, 2008 09:36 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program

Last month, Li Changchun, a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau, became the latest high-level Chinese official to tour Africa. He and a group of senior Chinese leaders made a stop to inspect Chinese workers building Algeria's East-West Highway. The $11 billion thoroughfare will stretch over 1,200 kilometers, traversing Algeria from Morocco to Tunisia. According to CCTV, the highway is the largest and most technically challenging overseas project for Chinese contractors since the historic Chinese-built railroad linking Tanzania and Zambia.

Rising Sun for Electric Cars
April 28, 2008 07:55 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program

Is my sustainability work consonant with the gravity of the climate crisis and the urgency of the ecological challenges we face? At Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), as a complement to our work on renewable energy hedges, we are working to transform energy use on campus. One project underway is a system of grid-tied electric vehicles (Vehicle to Grid or V2G) combined with a solar photovoltaic charging system and smart computer control.

Russia Switches on Gas
April 18, 2008 08:42 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program

As the European Union works toward meeting its obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, switching from dirty, carbon-intensive coal to cleaner-burning natural gas has become a popular measure. At first glance, this makes perfect sense: Coal, particularly the kind still left in places like Germany, is highly polluting. Although widespread adoption of renewable energy is the ideal solution, wind, solar, and geothermal still have a ways to go before meeting European needs.

Toxic Chemical in Plastic Bottles & Cans Damaging Children's Brains & Reproductive Organs but Government & Chemical Industry Remain Unconcerned
April 17, 2008 08:44 AM - Marla Cone , Global Policy Innovations Program

A controversial, estrogen-like chemical in plastic could be harming the development of children's brains and reproductive organs, a federal health agency concluded in a report released Tuesday. The National Toxicology Program, part of the National Institutes of Health, concluded that there was "some concern" that fetuses, babies and children were in danger because bisphenol A, or BPA, harmed animals at low levels found in nearly all human bodies.

Business & Human Rights: Corporate Recognition and Responsibility
April 14, 2008 08:35 AM - Christine Bader, Global Policy Innovations Program

Christine Bader discusses the divergent perception of human rights as a matter of abuse and corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a means to "highlight whatever topics portray companies in the best light." This gap is partly due to a "vacuum of guidance" on how corporations can and should enhance the extension of human rights. Companies operate internationally in weak enforcement environments where they are sometimes called upon to pick up the slack of ineffectual governments, but a fundamental hurdle lies in the fact that the two types of institutions don't share the same "responsibilities, mandate, or expertise."

One World, Many Slogans
April 7, 2008 08:26 AM - Christina L. Madden, Global Policy Innovations Program

In the run up to the 2008 Olympic Games, international companies are going for the gold in China's market. The Olympics are an advertising dream because of the prestige associated with Olympic competition and the sheer number of people reached by the broadcast. The Games themselves are expected to break records this year, potentially attracting an audience of billions around the world. Given that the Olympic host is an emerging economy with an increasingly wealthy and expanding consumer base, companies see Olympic sponsorship as a path to increased market share.

Renewable Energy Hedges
April 2, 2008 08:37 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program

The pursuit of sustainability in the 21st century will equate economic growth with ecological improvement, not ecological destruction. The ecosphere is humanity's home, not a temporary hotel that we trash with impunity before moving on. Sustainability means equilibrating human conduct with the health and dynamics of the ecosphere, to maintain conditions favorable for life. Humanity's existence and future depend upon it.

Despite EASSy, Africa Still Listening to Radio
March 28, 2008 11:02 PM - , Global Policy Innovations Program

Construction began this month on the East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy), which promises to bring low-cost, high-speed Internet access to eight countries. Funded by telecommunications operators and development institutions, the project is scheduled for completion in late 2009 and expected to create and enhance connectivity for millions of people. Internet penetration rates are in the single digits in most of Africa, and countries on the east coast rely on slow and expensive satellite connections.

The Moral Vulnerability of Markets
March 28, 2008 10:38 PM - , Global Policy Innovations Program

Today, there seems to be no coherent alternative to capitalism, yet antimarket feelings are alive and well, expressed for example in the moralistic backlash against globalization. Because no social system can survive for long without a moral basis, the issues posed by antiglobalization campaigners are urgent—all the more so in the midst of the current economic crisis.

Fostering Ethical Globalization
March 20, 2008 10:21 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program

Tackling issues of international ethics is Michael Doyle's day job. A former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, he is currently the Harold Brown Professor of U.S. Foreign and Security Policy at Columbia University, where he teaches global governance. Policy Innovations recently sat down with Doyle to discuss globalization. Globalization means many things. Some define it as increasing international trade and migration. Others see globalization as the creation of a "global village" based on ever-expanding technological innovation.

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