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Moral leadership and prospects for global peace

Sanders (left) with Nobel laureate Oscar Arias

 

During his recent visit to IU Bloomington as part of the Patten Foundation Lectures, Nobel Peace Prize winner Oscar Arias talks to Scott Sanders, distinguished professor of English, about moral and ethical leadership. Arias, a peacemaker and statesman, believes that without a new set of values for the 21st century, our world cannot survive. A former president of Costa Rica who in 1987 negotiated a peace plan for an unstable Central America, Arias says the motto of his political career goes like this: “Tell people what they need to know, not what they want to hear.” He learned that as a young man when an essay he wrote earned him the opportunity to meet a newly elected American president, John F. Kennedy.

Listen to the entire conversation or listen by topic:

Introduction
New set of values for the 21st century
Inequality
Efforts to dissolve armed forces
Arms sales by militarily powerful countries
Why there is a need to demilitarize
Responsibility is the key of the American value system
World expects moral leadership from U.S.
Dr. Arias' heroes
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Publication date: September 14, 2002
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