Tag: Obama

The Ethics of Trump’s Foreign Policy vs. Obama’s Long Game

| April 2016

Much of the reaction to Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech, beyond the campaign-related questions of whether this address makes him look more presidential or electable, has focused on whether he offered coherent policy proposals. What I would like to do is briefly address the question of the ethics behind the foreign policy vision in those remarks.

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How Obama Solved U.S.-Iran Relations’ “Trolley Problem”

How Obama Solved U.S.-Iran Relations’ “Trolley Problem”

| July 2015

HUSSEIN BANAI

The announcement of a comprehensive deal on Iran’s nuclear program is a significant achievement of international diplomacy. The predicament faced—and perhaps just resolved—by Obama is akin to a famous thought exercise in moral philosophy called the “trolley problem.”

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