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Introduction: Alternatives to War

| September 2018
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Some of the most controversial foreign policy issues in the first years of the Trump administration have involved alternatives to war. This roundtable seeks to improve our understanding of the ethics of some of these alternatives.

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The Case for Foreign Electoral Subversion

The Case for Foreign Electoral Subversion

| September 2018
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In this essay Cécile Fabre argues that, under certain conditions and subject to certain constraints, foreign electoral subversion may be justified as a means to prevent or end large-scale human rights violations.

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Covert Positive Incentives as an Alternative to War

| September 2018
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In this essay, James Pattison argues that covert positive incentives are preferable to both overt incentives and covert force.

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The Ethics of Countering Digital Propaganda

| September 2018
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Corneliu Bjola argues in this essay that the concept of moral authority offers an original framework for responding to digital disinformation campaigns.

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Backfire: The Dark Side of Nonviolent Resistance

| September 2018
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In this essay, Michael L. Gross examines the ethics of provoking backfire in the context of nonviolent resistance.

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Ending Atrocity Crimes: The False Promise of Fatalism

| September 2018
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Some commentators suggest that the best way to minimize harm in atrocity situations is to let the state win as quickly as possible. Could this be a viable alternative to other options, including military intervention? This essay suggests not.

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Threats and Coercive Diplomacy: An Ethical Analysis

Threats and Coercive Diplomacy: An Ethical Analysis

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Threats of armed force are frequently employed in international affairs, yet they have received little ethical scrutiny in their own right. This article addresses that deficit by examining how threats, taken as a speech act, require distinctive moral assessment.

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The Irony of Just War

| June 2018
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This review essay examines a series of benchmark books on the ethics of war published over the past year. All three grapple with the hard facts of modern violent conflict, and they all skillfully bring diverse traditions of just war thinking into conversation with one another.

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