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Threats and Coercive Diplomacy: An Ethical Analysis

Threats and Coercive Diplomacy: An Ethical Analysis

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Threats of armed force are frequently employed in international affairs, yet they have received little ethical scrutiny in their own right. This article addresses that deficit by examining how threats, taken as a speech act, require distinctive moral assessment.

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Temporary Labor Migration within the EU as Structural Injustice

| June 2018
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Temporary labor migration (TLM) constitutes a significant trend of migration movements within the European Union, yet it has received scant attention in normative migration debates. By drawing on Iris Marion Young’s conception of structural injustice, this paper analyzes the injustice of TLM within the EU.

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Carbon Emissions, Stratospheric Aerosol Injection, and Unintended Harms

| December 2017
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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 2017
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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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Climate Engineering and the Playing God Critique

| September 2017
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The “playing God” critique charges that humans should not undertake to control nature in ways that overstep the proper scope of human agency. In this article, Laura M. Hartman explores the way this critique is used with respect to geoengineering, and concludes that climate interventions should be based on contextual awareness and responsive, communal responsibility.

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“Utopian in the Right Sense”: The Responsibility to Protect and the Logical Necessity of Reform

| September 2017
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In this article, Aidan Hehir writes that claims made about the success of the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) echo the pejorative conceptions of “utopianism” as advanced by E. H. Carr and Ken Booth. In order to revive RtoP, Hehir suggests a potential reform of the existing international legal order that meets Carr’s preference for normative thinking that is “utopian in the right sense.”

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Pro Mundo Mori? The Problem of Cosmopolitan Motivation in War

| June 2017
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In this feature article, Lior Erez explores the problem of motivating soldiers to fight in cosmopolitan wars. First, he argues that the problem is best framed as a political one rather than an ethical or meta-ethical one. Then, he goes on to suggest how states might close the gap between cosmopolitan demands and soldiers’ motivations, evaluating a range of options.

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Legitimate Authority and the Ethics of War: A Map of the Terrain

| June 2017
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In this article, Jonathan Parry challenges both the traditional conception of the legitimate authority criterion as well as those reductivists who reject it wholesale. Specifically, he offers a qualified defense of the authority requirement on reductivists’ own terms.

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