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The Ethics of Sweden and Finland Joining NATO

The Ethics of Sweden and Finland Joining NATO

| May 19, 2022

If, as expected, Sweden and Finland apply to join NATO this week, their membership will rattle Russia and exacerbate the geopolitical insecurities of a heavily armed nuclear power. Actions that increase the risk of any kind of war are always open to ethical questioning. How, then, do we address the ethics of their joining NATO?

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EIA Summer 2022 Remote Editorial Internship

EIA Summer 2022 Remote Editorial Internship

| April 19, 2022

Ethics & International Affairs, the journal of the Carnegie Council, seeks a remote volunteer intern for the summer.

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What We’ve Been Reading

What We’ve Been Reading

| April 11, 2022

Welcome to our roundup of news and current events related to ethics and international affairs! Here’s some of what we’ve been reading this past month.

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Expanding Protection: Global Lessons from the Ukrainian Refugee Crisis

Expanding Protection: Global Lessons from the Ukrainian Refugee Crisis

| March 23, 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has wreaked devastation and incalculable suffering, triggering the largest displacement of civilian populations in Europe in eighty years. The EU’s response may well prove to be a blueprint for dealing with future incidents of mass influx, whether from war or climate crises or any manner of catastrophe.

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Russia, Ukraine, and the Demise of Smart Sanctions

Russia, Ukraine, and the Demise of Smart Sanctions

| March 21, 2022

There is no question that the invasion of Ukraine is both illegal and immoral, and there is an understandable desire to use every tool in our toolbox in countering Russia’s aggression. But there is a real question as to whether aspects of the sanctions that are hammering Russia’s economy, or major sectors of it, are ethically defensible. 

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From Anger to Action: Moral Emotions and the Invasion of Ukraine

From Anger to Action: Moral Emotions and the Invasion of Ukraine

| March 15, 2022

For many people, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has triggered strong emotions. These emotions—moral emotions—can be helpful guides to moral action.

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Solidarity, Not Neutrality, Will Characterize Western Aid to Ukraine

Solidarity, Not Neutrality, Will Characterize Western Aid to Ukraine

| March 10, 2022

The war in Ukraine is already causing terrible human suffering, the likes of which is all too familiar from recent wars in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and elsewhere. But this war is also likely to see a significant change in humanitarianism itself. Many humanitarian organizations, and the governments funding them, will step away from the principle of humanitarian neutrality, which has so dominated western humanitarian aid in the wars of the last 30 years.

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Introduction: Moral Injury, Trauma, and War

In August 2021, the United States withdrew from Afghanistan, ending a twenty year war—the longest in American history. The past two decades of armed conflict, fought in complex environments among civilian populations, provided daily reminders of the ethical complexities of warfare. One concept that provides a promising path for reflection on such complexities is moral injury.

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