The Dominican Republic, as it did nearly 80 years ago when offering Jewish refugees visas after the dictator Rafael Trujillo ordered an ethnic cleansing at the Haitian border, is trying to polish its international reputation after carrying out human rights violations condemned around the world. This time, it still has a chance to do the right thing by changing its policies on deportation and denationalization. My thoughts in Foreign Policy on October 8, 2015, about the country’s attempt to gloss over 11 counts of violations of the commitments it made under the American Convention on Human Rights, on which it has reneged and on what it could do to make things right (and make its public relations consultants’ job easier).
Video is now available online from the talk I gave October 14th at Fairhaven College, Western Washington University, in Bellingham.
Haiti desperately needs the world’s help. Four devastating storms last year destroyed nearly all of its crops, much of its livestock, and many of the roads that farmers need to get their goods to market. Even before the storms, Haiti only grew 40 percent of the food it needed. After years of coups, violence, mismanagement, and corruption, the challenges facing Haiti are enormous: environmental catastrophe, poverty, hunger, illiteracy, unemployment, and continuing violence. But is the kind of help the world has given so far what Haiti needs most? Many Haitians rightfully feel that international intervention in Haiti doesn’t always benefit Haiti as much as it should; funds are perpetually short, priorities not always well thought out, and the participation of Haitians in the decision process limited. How can the international community do better by Haiti? Can Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which share the island of Hispaniola, put behind them centuries of conflicts and work together to solve mutual problems? What should the priorities be for former President Bill Clinton, recently named UN Special Envoy to Haiti, as a new champion for the Caribbean nation?
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Workshop for Ethics and Business Luncheon
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Description: A stimulating preface to the critical global political, social, and economic shifts in the year ahead -with live webcast
Time: 12:00 noon to 2 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Location: Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, 170 East 64th Street / New York, N.Y. 10065
Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2010
Workshop for Ethics in Business Luncheon
Ian Bremmer, President, Eurasia Group
Georg Kell, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact
Art Kleiner, Editor-in-Chief, strategy+business
Thomas Stewart, Chief Marketing and Knowledge Officer, Booz & Company
Michele Wucker, Executive Director, World Policy Institute
This panel showcased prominent experts and their predictions about the ethical implications of global political risk for 2010. Aimed at decision makers in corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors, the panel seeks to provide a stimulating preface to the critical global political, social, and economic shifts in the year ahead.
Using Eurasia Group’s “Top Risks” as a starting point for identifying the major global challenges in 2010, the discussion examined the ethical aspects of each issue, and how best these dynamic and complex challenges can be met.