CURRENT ISSUE

Spring 2020 (34.1)

| March 2020

The editors of Ethics & International Affairs are pleased to present the Spring 2020 issue of the journal! The highlight of this issue is a roundtable organized by Alex J. Bellamy entitled “World Peace (And How We Can Achieve It).”  The collection considers how states and societies can build and sustain peace, with contributions from Alex J. Bellamy, Pamina Firchow, Nils Petter Gleditsch, A. C. Grayling, and Jacqui True. Additionally, the issue includes essays by Luke Glanville on the global refugee crisis and denial of hospitality; Mathias Risse on Pompeo’s Commission on Unalienable Rights and its framing of human rights; and Julia Gray on the life spans of international organizations. It also contains a review essay by Adam Henschke on whistleblowing, and book reviews by Clair Apodaca, Raslan Ibrahim, and John Mueller.

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Book Reviews

Rescuing Human Rights: A Radically Moderate Approach

| March 2020

With the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 and the ratification of the nine core international human rights treaties over the subsequent six decades, human rights are no longer a simple matter of internal state affairs.

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Towards a Westphalia for the Middle East

| March 2020

Could the Peace of Westphalia, which ended the Thirty Years’ War in Central Europe in 1648, serve as a source of inspiration for new ideas, instruments, and methods for peacemaking in the Middle East today?

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Clear and Present Safety: The World Has Never Been Better and Why That Matters to Americans

| March 2020

It has been said before but cannot really be said too often: By a large number of measures, human welfare has massively improved over the course of the past couple of centuries.

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Unjust Borders: Individuals and the Ethics of Immigration

| December 2019

This book poses a central question: How should individuals respond to unjust immigration policies? Hidalgo argues that individuals are not morally obligated to comply with unjust immigration laws, and that in many cases individuals are morally obligated to resist them.

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Narratives, Priorities and Defense Spending

| April 2020

Is the experience of the Covid-19 pandemic, more than any reports issued by think tanks and platforms developed by candidates, going to have major changes in how Americans perceive foreign policy? David Barno and Nora Bensahel make the following critical observation in a recent essay for War on the Rocks: A poll taken in February […]

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Hungary and the Values Test

| March 2020

In the wake of the Hungarian parliament’s vote to allow the executive to rule by decree, Fred Kaplan argues that it is time to consider expelling Hungary from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on the grounds that the country no longer upholds the liberal-democratic values that should form the basis of the security association. He […]

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Borders in the Time of COVID-19

| March 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of the significance of borders. While much attention has been paid to debates surrounding Donald Trump’s campaign promise to build an “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful southern border wall,” the current crisis reveals that governments seeking to restrict mobility rely only partly (and increasingly rarely) on brick and mortar.

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