What We’ve Been Reading

| March 2019
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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 month:

Metadata collected through the Freedom Act Program is used to map social networks to identify associates of terrorism suspects (Photo Credit: Mike MacKenzie via Flickr)

The New York Times: Disputed N.S.A. Phone Program Is Shut Down, Aide Says

The future of the 2015 Freedom Act Program comes under question as the White House might not be seeking to renew its legal authority after its expiration at the end of the year.

Read more about surveillance and privacy in Ethics & International Affairs:

Toward a Human-centric Approach to Cybersecurity (2018: Volume 32.4)

Book Review: Ethics in an Age of Surveillance: Personal Information and Virtual Identities by Adam Henschke (2018: Volume 32.1)

Against Moral Absolutism: Surveillance and Disclosure After Snowden (2015: Volume 29.2)


Soviet inspectors analyzing U.S. Pershing II missiles prior to their destruction in accordance with the INF Treaty (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Wall Street Journal: Russia Suspends Nuclear Missile Treaty With U.S.

President Vladimir V. Putin has formally suspended Russia’s observance of the INF treaty following U.S. withdrawal, heightening the threat of a new arms race.

Read more about nuclear weapons and non-proliferation in Ethics & International Affairs:

Carnegie Council Interview: Implications of the INF Withdrawal, with Jonathan Cristol (March 2019)

Justice and Fairness in the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime (2013: Volume 27.3)

Reviving Nuclear Ethics: A Renewed Research Agenda for the Twenty-First Century (2010: Volume 24.3)


A distressed refugee vessel discovered by the US Navy (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Al Jazeera: Refugees in Libya ‘tortured’ for breaking out of detention center

Several Libyan refugees were allegedly tortured for breaking out of a detention center and protesting in Libya earlier this week, once again inviting international scrutiny about the arbitrary and indefinite detention of refugees and migrants by the country’s Department of Combatting Illegal Migration.

Read more about the current global refugee crisis and refugee protection in Ethics and International Affairs:

Book Review: Refuge: Rethinking Refugee Policy in a Changing World by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier (2018: Volume 32.3)

Securing Protection for De Facto Refugees: The Case of Central America’s Northern Triangle (2017: Volume 31.2)

Shame on EU? Europe, RtoP, and the Politics of Refugee Protection (2017: Volume 31.1)

The Normative Terrain of the Global Refugee Regime (2015: Volume 29.4)


Measles vaccine campaign in Sierra Leone (Photo Credit: CDC Global via Flickr)

AFP: UN warns of ‘complacency’ as measles cases soar worldwide

2018 saw a drastic increase in the number of reported measles cases worldwide, and UNICEF warned that conflict, complacency, and the growing anti-vaccine movement continue to threaten the progress made thus far to tackle the disease.

Read more about the global health system in Ethics and International Affairs:

Book Review: The Global Health Crisis: Ethical Responsibilities by Thana Cristina de Campos (2018: Volume 32.1)

Book Review: Disease Diplomacy: International Norms and Global Health Security by Sara E. Davies, Adam Kamradt-Scott, and Simon Rushton (2017: Volume 31.3)

Book Review: The Human Right to Health by Jonathan Wolff (2013: Volume 27.3)

Trade Rules, Intellectual Property, and the Right to Health (2007: Volume 21.3)


United Nations Security Council chamber within the UN Headquarters at New York (Photo Credit: Zack Lee via Flickr)

Reuters: U.S., Russia fail in rival bids for U.N. action on Venezuela

The United Nations Security Council has yet to pass a resolution on Venezuela—after drafts by both the United States and Russia were respectively vetoed on Thursday (28th February)—delaying responses towards the growing political and humanitarian crisis in the South American country.

Read more about the Security Council and global power politics in Ethics and International Affairs:

Reforming the Security Council through a Code of Conduct: A Sisyphean Task? (2018: Volume 32.4)

Security Council Reform: Past, Present and Future (2011: Volume 25.4)

Book Review: After Anarchy: Legitimacy and Power in the United Nations Security Council by Ian Hurd (2008: Volume 22.4)


 

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