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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
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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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The Ethics of Kin State Activism: A Cosmopolitan Defense

The Ethics of Kin State Activism: A Cosmopolitan Defense

| December 2019
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A notable feature of nationalism’s contemporary resurgence is the rise of “kin state activism.” This essay proposes a set of four cosmopolitan criteria that can enable us to recognize and combat the dangers posed by certain forms of kin state mobilization without forgoing the opportunities presented by other forms.

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A Human Rights Approach to Conflict Resolution

A Human Rights Approach to Conflict Resolution

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The role of human rights abuses in the causes, dynamics, and consequences of conflict illustrate the importance of a human rights approach to conflict resolution: if human rights are part of the problem, they must be part of the solution.

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Artificial Intelligence: Power to the People

Artificial Intelligence: Power to the People

| June 2019
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Before we can assess how artificial intelligence will affect IR over the coming decades, we first need a clear understanding of what AI is and is not. As a way of introducing the roundtable on “AI and the Future of Global Affairs,” Heather M. Roff brings some conceptual clarity to the discussion and argues that much of the AI landscape revolves around epistemological questions that are not, in fact, particular to AI.

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Humor, Ethics, and Dignity: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

| March 2019
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This essay explores humans’ unique ability to understand context, something that is evident in both humor and ethics, and something that AI lacks.

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Seventy: Progress and Challenges

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Seventy: Progress and Challenges

| December 2018
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In this essay, Ş. İlgü Özler examines global progress toward achieving the ideals enshrined in the UDHR, which was adopted seventy years ago in 1948.

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The Empire of International Legalism

| September 2018
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In this essay, Ian Hurd uses the provocative term “empire” to show how the international legal system is also a political system based on the dominance of law over politics for governments around the world.

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Introduction: Alternatives to War

| September 2018
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Some of the most controversial foreign policy issues in the first years of the Trump administration have involved alternatives to war. This roundtable seeks to improve our understanding of the ethics of some of these alternatives.

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