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The Perils of Virtue Signaling in Foreign Policy

| August 23, 2017
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Virtue signaling that is detached from achievable outcomes is an ethically-worse option.

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“Victory” In Mosul: Fighting Well and the Horrors of “Winning”

“Victory” In Mosul: Fighting Well and the Horrors of “Winning”

| August 2, 2017
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Mosul illustrates how victory at all costs is no victory at all, and why contemporary just war thinkers need to re-conceptualize the idea of victory.

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“Homo Economicus” and the Sanctions Tax

| July 26, 2017
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Do sanctions actually work, or do citizens in target countries simply factor the “sanctions tax” into their broader calculations of economic well-being?

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The Costs of Solar Geoengineering

The Costs of Solar Geoengineering

| July 24, 2017
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While Harvard’s research program could help us to better understand solar geoengineering, they should be careful not to oversell their program at the cost of broader climate action. Likewise, we should be careful not to think their program provides an excuse to avoid rapidly reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and carbon emissions.

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What We’ve Been Reading

What We’ve Been Reading

| July 12, 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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Afghanistan and the Ethics of Triage

| June 23, 2017
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What would a democracy triage approach to Afghanistan look like?

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The Ethics of Saying No

| June 19, 2017
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Sometimes the ethical statesperson or policymaker must be prepared to refuse requests for action on the grounds that aid cannot credibly be rendered and/or any intervention could conceivably make the situation worse.

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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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