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Ukraine: A Federalist Future? | 04/23/2014 Rene Wadlow One possibility of lowering tensions in Ukraine on a longer-term basis is the start of discussions on a federal-decentralized government structure that would not divide the country but would foster local and regional autonomy. However, although federalism is not a first step to Ukraine's disintegration, neither is it a "magic solution."

Jingo Unchained: What World War I Wrought | 04/17/2014 Zach Dorfman When we think about the centenary of World War I in 2014, we should consider first and foremost what it has meant for the life of our republic, and how the corrosive actions of a few can have enormously outsized consequences for the rest of us. One hundred years later, we are still fighting for or against Woodrow Wilson's war.

Dance of the Furies: Michael Neiberg on Europe and the Outbreak of World War I | 04/16/2014 Michael Neiberg, Mladen Joksic "It is impossible for me to see how a Second World War, a Holocaust, a Cold War, a globally-engaged United States, and decolonization could happen without the First World War. In fact, in my view we can gain a lot of clarity by seeing the two world wars as one war, almost as a second Thirty Years War."

Ukraine, The Great Powers, Budapest, and "Astheneia" | 04/16/2014 Nikolas K. Gvosdev Was it unethical for the United States to give Ukraine non-binding security guarantees as an inducement for giving up nuclear weapons?

On the Moral Implications of Torture and Exemplary Assassination | 04/10/2014 Paul W. Blackstock First published in May 1970 during the Vietnam War, this WORLDVIEW magazine article is just as relevant today.

The Lost Promise of Patriotism: Jonathan Hansen on World War I (Part II) | 03/24/2014 Jonathan Hansen, Zach Dorfman "What does it mean to be patriotic in a nation founded on a set of putative universal principles and composed primarily of immigrants and their descendants? This is a timeless question that first came to a head in World War I and received renewed attention (though not much debate) in the wake of 9/11."

The Ethics of Avoiding Conflict with China | 03/19/2014 Nikolas K. Gvosdev Is there a policy prescription that can avoid turning predictions of a Sino-American clash into a self-fulfilling prophecy?

The Lost Promise of Patriotism: Jonathan Hansen on World War I (Part I) | 03/17/2014 Jonathan Hansen, Zach Dorfman Jonathan Hansen refers to a group of American scholars, public intellectuals, and social reformers—such as W. E. B. Du Bois, Eugene V. Debs, Jane Addams, and Randolph Bourne—as "cosmopolitan patriots." What were their reactions to World War I and how were they different from their peers? To find out, read this fascinating interview.

Taking Effective and Practical Steps Regarding Ukraine | 03/11/2014 M. Thomas Davis, Jeffrey D. McCausland Putin's ultimate goal is to avoid having a Ukraine that is a Western outpost on his border. He needs to be shown that the policies he is now pursuing, if aggressively continued, will result in the very outcome he wants to avoid. The U.S. and its allies must take steps that create conditions and provide time for him to seriously think about it.

Rein in Ukraine's Neo-Fascists | 03/06/2014 David C. Speedie For a new government to succeed in Ukraine, it's important that the nation's neo-fascist, anti-Semitic, and anti-Russian parties are marginalized, writes David Speedie.

The Secret of Political Jiu-Jitsu | 03/05/2014 Mladen Joksic, Srdja Popovic "While oppression may appear to be a display of the government's power, skilled activists know that it's actually a sign of weakness."

To End All Wars: Adam Hochschild on World War I | 02/27/2014 Adam Hochschild, Mladen Joksic The consequences of World War I are still with us, says Adam Hochschild. Are we in danger of making the same mistakes again? Why were Europeans so eager to go to war? What happened to those who publicly opposed it? Read the answers to these questions and more in this fascinating interview.

Secrecy and Privacy in the Aftermath of Edward Snowden | 02/18/2014 George R. Lucas, Jr. In order to be morally justifiable, any strategy or policy involving the body politic must be one to which it would voluntarily assent when fully informed about it. What, however, is inherent in being fully informed when it comes to surveillance?

Norway’s Sovereign Wealth Fund and Global Justice: An Exchange | 02/11/2014
Dozens of countries have established Sovereign Wealth Funds. Just how should the money be spent, and how good are national claims to this money in the first place? Four experts respond to Chris Armstrong's "Ethics & International Affairs" article, "Sovereign Wealth Funds and Global Justice."

Honorable Mention, "Moral Leadership" Essay Contest, 2013 | 01/31/2014
Ebuka Francis Okoli cites examples of many inspiring moral leaders, including Mother Teresa, Peter Benenson, founder of Amnesty International, and Dora Nkem Akunyili, former head of Nigeria's Food and Drug Administration.

1st Prize Undergraduate Category, "Moral Leadership" Essay Contest, 2013 | 01/31/2014
"All I ask of you today is to think these three questions through: Why do you believe in your morals? Why should I believe in your morals? Are you sure it's not because everybody else thinks so?; and it is your ability to answer these three questions that makes you a moral leader that I would want to follow."

3rd Prize High School Category, "Moral Leadership" Essay Contest, 2013 | 01/31/2014
"For me, a moral leader is any individual, big or small, who can change at least one person's life for the better. Without fame and money, the doctor changed the lives of so many children, pushing himself to be there when no one else was, arms always spread out to catch anyone who fell."

2nd Prize High School Category, "Moral Leadership" Essay Contest, 2013 | 01/31/2014
"Why can't economics and social justice have similar creeds? In my future, I hope I can see a world in which they can. The society that we should strive for should exhibit moral behavior in all fields and in all groups of people. Businessmen, politicians, doctors, lawyers, and teachers alike should all make ethical decisions."

2nd Prize High School Category, "Moral Leadership" Essay Contest, 2013 | 01/31/2014
"It may be yet another morning in Fairfax, Virginia, but there is yet another massacre happening in Egypt. In Syria. In Somalia. The world is, now more than ever, desperately in need of moral leadership to stop these atrocities from happening."

1st Prize High School Category, "Moral Leadership" Essay Contest, 2013 | 01/31/2014
In a world where journalists are crucial in shining a light on immoral actions by both local and national governments, countries such as Turkey and China are fighting to restrict the media. Despite threats of losing their jobs and being imprisoned, these journalists risk everything in the name of freedom. Truly, these journalists display moral leadership.

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