Superpower Ethics: An Introduction [Abstract]
| December 2, 1987
Aristotle's "virtue," Kant's "good intent," and the "good result" of the consequentialists are inadequate to determine right on the superpower playing field. In reference to this insufficiency, Nye sketches the arguments of the subsequent articles on the state of superpower ethics.
Superpower Ethics: A Third World Perspective [Abstract]
In 1987, the philosophies of a U.S. grounded in political liberalism and a Soviet Union grounded in economic redistribution were at odds. Mazrui argues that each superpower's actions ultimately supported the other's philosophy.
Superpower Ethics: Western European Dilemmas: Man, State, and History [Abstract]
Hassner reflects upon the profound differences among the European views of the superpowers and the challenge the United States and the Soviet Union face in establishing a common ethics.
Is Democratic Theory for Export? [Full text]
A feature of American political consciousness is a desire to propagate democracy throughout the world. In our enthusiasm to share what we enjoy, Barzun notes that little attention is paid to exactly what we are trying to distribute.
Ethics and Etiquette of Third World Debt [Abstract]
Third World debt, seen as distant from the realm of international affairs and ethics, is often subject to abstract economic analysis. Bauer argues that the way in which debt is addressed by debtors and lenders is heavily politicized and should be subjected to ethical scrutiny.
Living with Iran [Abstract]
Beeman uses Islamic history to show how contentious stances have evolved towards the West and how ignorance of that history has handicapped the United States in developing effective policies towards Iran.
Some Christian Reminders for the Statesman [Abstract]
Coll sees in the Christian worldview three core values that can be used to discern moral political actions: the importance of history, the ubiquity of tragedy, and practical wisdom.
Helsinki, Human Rights, and the Gorbachev Style [Abstract]
Korey traces the evolution of the dispute over the Helsinki Accord and discusses Gorbachev's uneven attempts to improve the Soviet Union's recognition of human rights.
Norms and Values: Rethinking the Domestic Analogy [Abstract]
Kratochwil argues that a social-scientific study of the behavior of regimes, and how they exercise power, is a useful method to challenge the exaggerated view of international relations as a "normless anarchy."
Polish Catholicism Under Fire [Abstract]
Despite the restraining force of totalitarianism, Poland's religiosity evolved swiftly in the forty years after the World War II, producing a pope and empowering an enduring and peaceful political movement.
Rubberband Humanitarianism [Abstract]
Bruce Nichols explores the way in which the concept of humanitarian aid has been stretched beyond recognition for political ends.
Is There An Ethic To NATO? [Abstract]
Phillips suggests ways to reaffirm the rule of law and the commitment to social justice and to build such values into Western foreign policy, rather than use them as public relations tinsel.