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Ethics in a Violent World

What Can Institutions Do? This part of the Ethics in a Violent World initiative seeks to identify and clarify the competing moral principles at work in proposals to reform the United Nations. We focus on three crucial issues:how to deal with the emergence of nonstate threats; how to implement the responsibility to protect doctrine; and how to deal with the United States' neoconservative challenge to the traditional UN norms on the use of force.

Bio-Security, Nonstate Actors, and the Need for Global Cooperation [Full Text] | 07/28/06 Bruce Jones Today, there is no greater threat posed by nonstate actors than that of bioterrorism.

The UN Charter and the Neoconservative Challenge | 12/13/05 Tom J. Farer Preventive war and democracy promotion are the two main prongs of the neocon challenge to traditional UN norms governing the use of force. Farer criticizes the neocon project and offers suggestions for shoring up the UN Charter in the face of new global threats.

"A Threat to One Is a Threat to All:" Nonstate Actors, Collective Security, and the Reform of the UN | 12/13/05 Nirupam Sen, Nancy E. Soderberg, Bruce Jones, Robert O. Keohane, Paige Arthur In this roundtable discussion, eminent authorities discuss the ethics of collective security. What constitutes a "global threat" from a nonstate actor, and who gets to define it? How might we reform international institutions to meet such threats?

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