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Measuring Morality in Foreign Policy: Joseph Nye’s Criteria

| February 2021
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Writing in the winter/spring 2019 issue of the American Oxonian, Joseph Nye wrestles with the question: how do we measure the morality of a President’s foreign policy? He notes, “Americans constantly make moral judgments about presidents and foreign policy, but we are seldom clear about the criteria by which we judge a moral foreign policy.” […]

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What We’ve Been Reading

What We’ve Been Reading

| February 2021
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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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Revisiting the Ethical Calculus: Which Obligations Take Precedence?

| January 2021
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Five years ago, I posed a question which continues to have relevance today. This evening, President Joe Biden is signing executive orders returning the United States to the Paris climate accords and to take other steps to reverse actions taken by his predecessor which were based on an “America First” calculus. Yet, as the new […]

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Jon Finer and the Doorstep

| January 2021
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Jon Finer, who has been nominated to serve as the deputy national security advisor in the Biden/Harris administration, gave an interview with GlobalBrief in 2020. He was asked about the impact of domestic politics and trends on U.S. foreign policy formulation. Finer’s response is worth perusing: In some ways, the traditional divide between American foreign […]

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Can Staying at Home be Saving Lives and Avoiding Killing? COVID-19, Lockdowns and the Doing/Allowing Distinction

Can Staying at Home be Saving Lives and Avoiding Killing? COVID-19, Lockdowns and the Doing/Allowing Distinction

| December 2020
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Lockdown and its purpose have been summarized in five words that have echoed from the mouths of politicians, public health bodies, and social media accounts of large companies and private citizens: “Stay at home. Save Lives.” This essay argues that some lockdown measures are neither standard cases of saving nor standard cases of refraining from doing harm.

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How Will the Biden Administration Adjudicate a Clash of Values?

| December 2020
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Simplistic assessments of U.S. foreign policy like to paint the policy divide BETWEEN values and interests. The reality is that policy often must choose between different and competing values. Last month, we noted the “ethical tensions” emerging between different camps that will most likely comprise the Biden/Harris administration’s national security team. Writing in Politico, Nahal […]

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EIA Spring 2021 Remote Editorial Internship

EIA Spring 2021 Remote Editorial Internship

| December 2020
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Ethics & International Affairs, the journal of the Carnegie Council, seeks a remote volunteer intern for the spring semester. The goal of the journal is to integrate rigorous thinking about principles of ethics and justice into discussions of the practical policy dilemmas that frequently arise in global politics. Some topics that the journal commonly publishes on include the ethics of war, the responsibility to protect, international migration, climate change, human rights, and emerging technology.

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Competing Ethics in the Biden Administration?

| November 2020
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Writing in The Atlantic, Thomas Wright outlines three broad “camps” vying for influence over the foreign policy and national security policies of the Biden/Harris administration. There are the “restorationists”–the same term used by the Carnegie Council report for those who seek to return U.S. foreign policy to its broad, pre-2016 parameters; there are the reformers […]

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