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Afghanistan and the Ethics of Triage

| June 23, 2017
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I wanted to continue the discussion that was started earlier this week by applying the discussion of “democracy triage” to the debate over next steps for the United States in Afghanistan. The United States is now engaged in an assessment of its 16-year effort in that country, and matching whether the means that have been […]

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Call for Applications for Fellowship Program “The Living Legacy of the First World War”

Call for Applications for Fellowship Program “The Living Legacy of the First World War”

| June 23, 2017
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Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is now accepting applications for the World War I fellowship project, “The Living Legacy of the First World War.”






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The Ethics of Saying No

| June 19, 2017
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I had the opportunity to take part in a panel discussion on democracy promotion at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, which got me to thinking about the ethics of “saying no”–that is, when should the ethical statesperson or policymaker be prepared to refuse requests for action on the grounds that aid cannot credibly be rendered […]

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Engaged Buddhism, Anger, and Retribution

| June 13, 2017
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What can Engaged Buddhism contribute to political philosophy?






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The Implications of “The World is Not a Global Community”

| May 31, 2017
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“The world is not a ‘global community.’” Last year, in attempting to discern the ethical and philosophical bases of candidate Donald Trump’s approach to world affairs, the first point I made was this: “There is no such thing as an international community. The “buck” stops with the nation-state and the nation-state decides what commitments it […]

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Upcoming Conferences of Interest 2017-2018

| May 30, 2017
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We have compiled a list of upcoming conferences related to the fields of ethics and international affairs through the middle of 2018. We hope you find something that interests you!






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What We’ve Been Reading

What We’ve Been Reading

| May 25, 2017
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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.






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Consumer Responsibility and Obscurity

Consumer Responsibility and Obscurity

| May 12, 2017
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In seeking to hold consumers responsible for their purchasing habits, some philosophers presuppose a clear distinction between “clean” and “dirty” products. In reality, however, it’s much more complicated.






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