CURRENT ISSUE

Winter 2017 (Issue 31.4)

| December 8, 2017

We are pleased to announce the publication of the Fall 2017 issue of Ethics & International Affairs! This issue contains essays by Jonathan D. Caverley on how to slow the proliferation of major conventional weapons and Janos Pasztor on why international governance of geoengineering is so desperately needed; a roundtable on the overlapping relationship between the laws and the ethics of war, with contributions from David LubanValerie MorkeviciusJames Turner Johnson, and Edward Barrett; a feature by Christopher J. Preston comparing the moral culpability of a carbon emitter versus that of a benevolent climate engineer, with responses from Holly Lawford-SmithSikina Jinnah and Douglas Bushey, and Mike Hulme; and book reviews from Michael GoodhartRyan JenkinsSophie RosenbergAnna Stilz, and Matt Zwolinski.

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FEATURES

Carbon Emissions, Stratospheric Aerosol Injection, and Unintended Harms

| December 8, 2017

In this article, Christopher J. Preston compares the culpability for any unintended harms resulting from stratospheric aerosol injection versus culpability for the unintended harms already taking place due to carbon emissions. To make this comparison, both types of unintended harms are viewed through the lens of the doctrine of double effect.

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Rising Powers, Responsibility, and International Society

| September 8, 2017

This article examines statements made by rising powers Brazil, China, and India in UN Security Council meetings between 2011 and 2016 to identify their perspectives on which international actors are responsible and what constitutes responsible action. Gaskarth then analyzes these statements in light of English School theory on responsibility and international society.

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BLOG

Munich Security Conference: Mixed Messages on American Values, Engagement

| February 19, 2018

The executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government are sending mixed messages on upholding the liberal world order. What will other states do to ensure their strategic autonomy?

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American Engagement: When It Comes to Foreign Policy, Does America Deserve Trump?

| February 9, 2018

In a recent op-ed, two former American Foreign Service officers made a very compelling argument in support of greater American engagement globally and renewed U.S. democracy support abroad. Amb. Adrian Basora and Amb. Ken Yalowitz argue that the current global authoritarian offensive is a U.S. national security threat and conclude that “business and economic thought […]

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ROUNDTABLE: LAWS OF WAR AND JWT

Introduction: The Roles of International Law and Just War Theory

This roundtable explores the complex relationship between the laws of war and just war theory, and emphasizes the continuing importance of maintaining parallel ethical and legal conversations on how wars should be fought.

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Just War Theory and the Laws of War as Nonidentical Twins

| December 8, 2017

In this essay, David Luban examines the similarities, but even more the dissimilarities, between just war theory and the laws of war. Specifically, he argues that, unlike just war theory, the laws of war require binary, on-off answers, come in packages, and are often detached from their original rationale.

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Looking Inward Together: Just War Thinking and Our Shared Moral Emotions

| December 8, 2017

In this essay Valerie Morkevicius argues that just war thinking serves a social and psychological role that international law cannot fill. Law is dispassionate and objective, while just war thinking accounts for emotions and the situatedness of individuals. She proposes four ways that just war thinking can move beyond the law by focusing on moral emotions.

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A Practically Informed Morality of War: Just War, International Law, and a Changing World Order

| December 8, 2017

Just war, international law, and world order are all historically conditioned realities that interrelate with one another in complex ways. This essay explores their historical development and current status while critically examining their interrelationship.

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On the Relationship Between the Ethics and the Law of War: Cyber Operations and Sublethal Harm

| December 8, 2017

This essay examines the 2013 Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare in order to illustrate the importance of both ethical and legal perspectives on norms governing the initiation and conduct of a new form of interstate conflict.

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BOOK REVIEWS

Reconstructing Human Rights: A Pragmatist and Pluralist Inquiry into Global Ethics by Joe Hoover

| December 8, 2017

In Reconstructing Human Rights, Joe Hoover locates the value of human rights in the work that they do in the world. He seeks to develop a pragmatic account that makes sense of rights as they are without attempting to deny the various tensions and contradictions that they present.

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Ethics and Cyber Warfare: The Quest for Responsible Security in the Age of Digital Warfare by George Lucas

| December 8, 2017

George Lucas’s Ethics and Cyber Warfare contributes much-needed scaffolding for discussions about cyber governance. He introduces a new category of cyber conflict, identifies emerging norms in cyberspace, and provides a qualified defense of the National Security Administration’s surveillance infrastructure.

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Justice in Conflict: The Effects of the International Criminal Court’s Interventions on Ending Wars and Building Peace by Mark Kersten

| December 8, 2017

In this book, Mark Kersten convincingly shows that the implications of pursuing “during-conflict justice” are varied and fluid rather than dichotomous and deterministic. The nuanced analysis is a refreshing contribution to the growing literature on the politics of international criminal justice.

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The Theory of Self-Determination, Fernando R. Tesón, ed.

| December 8, 2017

This volume brings together international lawyers and philosophers, both skeptics and proponents, to debate the right to self-determination, enhancing our understanding of the normative issues surrounding this topic and achieving a distinctively interdisciplinary tone.

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Basic Income: A Radical Proposal for a Free Society and a Sane Economy by Philippe van Parijs and Yannick Vanderborght

| December 8, 2017

Basic Income offers by far the most comprehensive and up-to-date discussion of universal basic income (UBI) available today, including a fascinating intellectual history of UBI, the major arguments for and against it, and the ethical issues it poses.

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