Tag: syria

The Perils of Virtue Signaling in Foreign Policy

| August 2017

Virtue signaling that is detached from achievable outcomes is an ethically-worse option.

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The Ethics of Saying No

| June 2017

Sometimes the ethical statesperson or policymaker must be prepared to refuse requests for action on the grounds that aid cannot credibly be rendered and/or any intervention could conceivably make the situation worse.

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The Risks of the “Shaming” Approach to Policy

| July 2015

The Bosnian tragedy is a case where unwillingness to really get involved should have been the spur to finding a compromise.

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On Law, Policy, and (Not) Bombing Syria

On Law, Policy, and (Not) Bombing Syria

| September 2013

The question of whether the US should use its military against Assad is separate from the questions of legal interpretation. The legal question does not address the likely consequences of the use of force.

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