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Ukraine: An Ethical Response

Ukraine: An Ethical Response

| March 8, 2022
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With the invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Russian president Vladimir Putin resumed his use of force against Ukraine that began with the seizure of Crimea in 2014. As we examine the question of ethical policy responses to the invasion, we must first address Russia’s justifications for acting.

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Ethical Fandom in an Era of State-Owned Teams: The Case of Newcastle United

Ethical Fandom in an Era of State-Owned Teams: The Case of Newcastle United

| January 28, 2022
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Many sports teams are owned by individuals and companies that engage in legally and morally dubious activities. For players and for fans, it is important to look at the source of the riches that are funding the world’s most beautiful, ubiquitous, and profitable game, as well as the motivations of the owners of these clubs.

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Secretary-General selection process and the P5 stranglehold on power

Secretary-General selection process and the P5 stranglehold on power

| December 9, 2021
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On September 10, 2021, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 75-325. Behind the resolution, which concerns the selection process for the Secretary-General, were two months of intense negotiations between the Security Council (read: the five permanent members) and the General Assembly (read: the other 188 states). In particular, the hotly contested paragraph on a female Secretary-General shows that when push comes to shove, the P5 will choose power over gender equality.

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Is a Bad Deal Better than no Deal?: A Perspective from Africa on the G7’s Agreement to Restructure International Corporate Taxation

Is a Bad Deal Better than no Deal?: A Perspective from Africa on the G7’s Agreement to Restructure International Corporate Taxation

| November 22, 2021
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On June 5, 2021, the G7 finance ministers reached a landmark agreement to restructure the global system of corporate taxation. While this has been widely hailed as a breakthrough toward a more equitable way of taxing the digital economy and a triumph of multilateralism in the first year of the post-Trump era, the truth is much more complicated than it seems, particularly for countries in Africa and the Global South.

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Equity and Vaccine Allocation:  Beyond Ethics in Prioritization to Equitable Production, Distribution, and Consumption

Equity and Vaccine Allocation: Beyond Ethics in Prioritization to Equitable Production, Distribution, and Consumption

| July 12, 2021
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As COVID-19 surged around the world, it exposed terrible global health inequalities that have hindered our ability to adequately respond to the pandemic. With climate change increasing our exposure to risks from the natural world and rising drug resistance limiting our treatments’ effectiveness against pathogens, the world must better prepare for and respond to pandemics in the future by addressing these inequalities.

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Realism in the Age of Cyber Warfare

Realism in the Age of Cyber Warfare

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World politics is currently undergoing an epic transformation that has rekindled the age-old realist-liberal debate. Two trends are driving this change. The first is a shift in the international distribution of power. The second trend is a cybertechnological revolution.

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Black Lives Matter: Taking Stock of An International Moment

Black Lives Matter: Taking Stock of An International Moment

| March 25, 2021
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Black Lives Matter is more than a statement. It is even more than a movement. It is a moment of great consequence in our history as a nation. How we choose to address it will help to define us for a generation and will be remembered for decades to come.

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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 21, 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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