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Solidarity, Not Neutrality, Will Characterize Western Aid to Ukraine

Solidarity, Not Neutrality, Will Characterize Western Aid to Ukraine

| March 10, 2022
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The war in Ukraine is already causing terrible human suffering, the likes of which is all too familiar from recent wars in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and elsewhere. But this war is also likely to see a significant change in humanitarianism itself. Many humanitarian organizations, and the governments funding them, will step away from the principle of humanitarian neutrality, which has so dominated western humanitarian aid in the wars of the last 30 years.

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A No-Fly Zone in Ukraine?  The Perils of Escalation Should Convince Us Otherwise

A No-Fly Zone in Ukraine? The Perils of Escalation Should Convince Us Otherwise

| March 9, 2022
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As the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine unfolds, we have witnessed multiple calls for the West to implement a no-fly zone. How do we ethically evaluate the decision of whether or not to implement a no-fly zone in Ukraine? What criteria are most important to think through the choice? To answer these questions, I turn to jus ad vim, the set of moral principles governing the decision to use limited force.

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First Georgia, Then Ukraine: How Russian Propaganda Justifies Invasions

First Georgia, Then Ukraine: How Russian Propaganda Justifies Invasions

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The morning that Russia invaded Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared on Russian television outlining his rationale for war. While concern for what was about to befall Ukrainians and Ukraine dominated many peoples’ minds, politicians and scholars alike were left scratching their heads at Putin’s stated justifications.

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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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