What We’ve Been Reading

| November 2016
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Welcome to our roundup of news and current events related to ethics and international affairs! Here’s what we’ve been reading this November:

VICE News: The CIA officially identifies the architects of its post 9/11 torture program

The CIA has released the names of the two Air Force strategists who helped design its counterterrorism interrogation program after 9/11.

Read more on the ethical quandary surrounding torture and information extraction in Ethics & International Affairs:

How Norms Die: Torture and Assassination in American Security Policy by Christopher Kutz

Torture and the “Distributive Justice” Theory of Self-Defense: An Assessment by Whitley Kaufman

“Torture Lite”: A Response by David Sussman

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Wall Street Journal: Donald Trump Win to Upend Trade Policy

During his campaign Trump vowed to overhaul America’s role in trade partnerships, and it remains to be seen how large a blow his administration will deal to global trade.

Read more on the ethics of international trade in Ethics & International Affairs:

Risse on Justice in Trade by Helena de Bres

The Resource Curse and the Separation of Powers by Thom Brooks

Trade Rules, Intellectual Property, and the Right to Health by Lisa Forman

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The Economist: The Battle for Russia’s History

Manipulating Russian history, and rewriting the human rights abuses of the Soviet Union, is the next logical step for Vladimir Putin in his quest to consolidate his power over Russian civil society.

Read more on human rights and memory in Ethics & International Affairs:

Why Human Rights Are Called Human Rights by Alan Sussman

What Future for Human Rights? by James W. Nickel

The Future of the Human rights Movement by Beth A. Simmons

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The Guardian: US rethinks Syria policy but further military intervention is unlikely

As President Obama’s tenure winds down, his administration is reassessing its options with regard to Syria.

Read more on the ethics of military interventions in Ethics & International Affairs:

Against Democratic Interventionism by Anna Stilz

The Ethics of Intervention by Nikolas Gvosdev and Thomas Nichols

Is Humanitarian Intervention Legal? by Ian Hurd

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BBC: Migrant crisis: Hungary MPs reject Orban anti-refugee bill

The Hungarian Parliament failed to pass an anti-immigration bill proposed by Prime Minister Victor Orban’s governing party Fidesz.

Read more on refugees and citizenship in Ethics & International Affairs:

The Normative Terrain of the Global Refugee Regime by Alexander Betts

Lost in Transformation? The Politics of the Sustainable Development Goals by Malcolm Langford

Democracies and the Power to Revoke Citizenship by Patti Tamara Lenard

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NYTimes: Donald Trump Could Put Climate Change on Course for ‘Danger Zone’

No one knows how a Trump administration will handle global warming but, judging by his calling human-caused climate change a “hoax” during the campaign, the consequences could be severe.

Read more about the future of climate change in Ethics & International Affairs:

Moral Collapse in a Warming World by Clive Hamilton

The Dawning of an Earth Ethic by Scott Russell Sanders

Three Questions on Climate Change by Clare Palmer

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Devex: Secretary-General Guterres will ‘insist’ on gender parity for senior UN positions

Although the UN did not choose a woman to be the next Secretary-General, there are indications that Guterres is committed to gender equity in all high-level UN positions.

Read more on feminism and gender equality in Ethics & International Affairs:

Swedish Feminist Foreign Policy in the Making: Ethics, Politics, and Gender by Karin Aggestam and Annika Bergman-Rosamond

Does the United Nations have a real feminist in the next Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres? by Ourania Yancopoulos

Transformative Equality: Making the Sustainable Development Goals Work for Women by Sandra Fredman, Jaakko Kuosmanen, and Meghan Campbell

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