Josef Korbel School of International Studies - Ethics of Engagement

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Thomas Schelling testifies before Congress in October, 1969

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Below you will find anonymous questions and answers posted to this site as well as reflections we have collected from the policy engaged scholars. Anyone can ask an anonymous question and our Ethical Engagement Panel responds, also anonymously. You can learn more about members of this panel on our About page). For the reflections, policy engaged scholars, many from our Ethical Engagement Panel, have responded to a similar set of questions about how they have managed an ethically challenging moment. We hope these serve as resources to assist academics in reflecting on and improving their own engagement practices. On this page, you can scroll through these resources are listed chronologically.

Questions

Date submitted: April 10, 2022

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Compensation for meetings/presentations

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Date submitted: February 28, 2022

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Political Economy Analysis with an International Organization

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Date submitted: June 16, 2020

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Proper disclosure vs. taking credit for behind-the-scenes policy advice

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Date submitted: March 30, 2020

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Misuse of research by violent actors

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Date submitted: March 14, 2020

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Is there an ethical issue involved in looking at the pandemic as a research opportunity?

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Date submitted: March 7, 2020

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Engagement with Trump Administration

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Date submitted: January 21, 2020

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How much do I need to know to engage media

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Date submitted: January 6, 2020

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Consulting fees/rates

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Date submitted: November 22, 2019

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How to be relevant when researching both sides of a conflict

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Date submitted: November 18, 2019

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Engaging with media from authoritarian regimes

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Date submitted: October 24, 2019

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Changing assessments based on sponsor sensitivities?

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Date submitted: October 4, 2019

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Help? I’m trapped in a broom closet!

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Date submitted: September 9, 2019

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Can I go back to the editors of a website and defend a point?

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Date submitted: September 5, 2019

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Conflict of interest?

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Reflections

Engaging with identity politics during times of heightened polarization

Nadia Brown

The challenges:

  • How to show the value of diversity and intersectionality for policymaking in an era of heightened polarization.
  • How to effectively contribute to the policy arena as a black feminist when your expertise is in question from the gate given who you are.
  • How to push against situations where your identity brings diversity,

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Engaging to Reform U.S. Democracy Promotion

Catherine Herrold

Associate Professor of Public Administration and International Development

Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs

Background and Policy Setting

Catherine Herrold studies how local civic actors—including nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), grassroots groups, and philanthropic foundations—promote economic development and democratic political reform. Her first book project examined how leaders of Egyptian NGOs and foundations understood the concept of “democracy” and promoted it in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings. In

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Engaging on the Creation of Cybersecurity Norms

Martha Finnemore

The challenge: How to advise on complex phenomena (creating cybersecurity norms) when the narrative surrounding them is oversimplified.

  • In particular, it is difficult to explain to policymakers the intersubjectivity of norms and their sociological basis in a way that is immediately policy relevant.
  • The “problem” in question often involves many dimensions not related to

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Engaging to Encourage a Global NATO

James Goldgeier

The challenges:
  • How to present novel, controversial ideas without damaging one’s credibility in the policy circles in which one travels
  • How to present views that may be considered extreme, with the goal of reframing the policy space on a particular issue
The background and policy setting:

James Goldgeier has worked for many years

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