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Justifying Lockdown

Justifying Lockdown

Throughout most of the world, significant restrictions have been placed on freedoms to move about, to associate in public, and to be in many public spaces. These practices are often collectively referred to as “lockdown.” What arguments can be presented for why, given the significant costs a lockdown may impose, it can nevertheless be required?

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Inequality and Austerity: Our Weak Links in Countering COVID-19

Inequality and Austerity: Our Weak Links in Countering COVID-19

There are weeks where decades happen. These are those weeks. COVID-19 has shaken the whole world. Established orthodoxies have disappeared overnight. Our ways of living have changed overnight, and the rules of our societies and economies are being rewritten.

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Borders in the Time of COVID-19

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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Hypocritical Inhospitality: The Global Refugee Crisis in the Light of History

Hypocritical Inhospitality: The Global Refugee Crisis in the Light of History

| March 2020

Political authorities often claim that states have an absolute right to decide for themselves who enters their territory and the conditions on which they enter by mere virtue of their sovereignty. In 2018, for example, the then U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, responded to the UN’s criticism of the Donald Trump administration’s […]

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Spring 2020 (34.1)

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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Rescuing Human Rights: A Radically Moderate Approach

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

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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