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Russia’s Blood Fossil Fuels

Russia’s Blood Fossil Fuels

| June 23, 2022

Since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the question of whether to continue importing Russian oil and gas has been at the center of public debates in most Western countries. Is it morally permissible to continue trading with Russia—to be more precise, is it morally permissible to buy Russia’s most prized hydrocarbon commodities?

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The Ethics of Sweden and Finland Joining NATO

The Ethics of Sweden and Finland Joining NATO

| May 19, 2022

If, as expected, Sweden and Finland apply to join NATO this week, their membership will rattle Russia and exacerbate the geopolitical insecurities of a heavily armed nuclear power. Actions that increase the risk of any kind of war are always open to ethical questioning. How, then, do we address the ethics of their joining NATO?

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Expanding Protection: Global Lessons from the Ukrainian Refugee Crisis

Expanding Protection: Global Lessons from the Ukrainian Refugee Crisis

| March 23, 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has wreaked devastation and incalculable suffering, triggering the largest displacement of civilian populations in Europe in eighty years. The EU’s response may well prove to be a blueprint for dealing with future incidents of mass influx, whether from war or climate crises or any manner of catastrophe.

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Russia, Ukraine, and the Demise of Smart Sanctions

Russia, Ukraine, and the Demise of Smart Sanctions

| March 21, 2022

There is no question that the invasion of Ukraine is both illegal and immoral, and there is an understandable desire to use every tool in our toolbox in countering Russia’s aggression. But there is a real question as to whether aspects of the sanctions that are hammering Russia’s economy, or major sectors of it, are ethically defensible. 

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From Anger to Action: Moral Emotions and the Invasion of Ukraine

From Anger to Action: Moral Emotions and the Invasion of Ukraine

| March 15, 2022

For many people, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has triggered strong emotions. These emotions—moral emotions—can be helpful guides to moral action.

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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

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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EIA Spring 2022 Issue–Out Now!

EIA Spring 2022 Issue–Out Now!

| March 10, 2022

The editors of Ethics & International Affairs are pleased to present the Spring 2022 issue of the journal! The issue looks at moral injury and war, universal jurisdiction, international humanitarian law, and much more. Access the table of contents here.

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Identity and Shared Humanity: Reflections on Amartya Sen’s Memoir

Identity and Shared Humanity: Reflections on Amartya Sen’s Memoir

| March 10, 2022

The concept and implications of our shared humanity are central to the questions of where we belong, who we are, and how we relate to others. This idea features prominently in Amartya Sen’s work and it runs through his recent memoir Home in the World. Sen’s memoir is a compelling read, giving a fascinating view of the making of a great mind, a Nobel Laureate in welfare economics who is one of the foremost public intellectuals of our time.

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