Special Section on Ethical Traditions and World Change
Moral Renewal: The Lessons of Eastern Europe [Abstract]
Nardin uses the Eastern European experience of the late 1980s and the works of Adam Michnik and Vaclav Havel to demonstrate the traditional cosmopolitan Kantian notion of morality in the "appeal to universal human values."
Applying Confucian Ethics to International Relations [Abstract]
The Confucian concept of morality and ethics, which dictated both domestic and international policies, maintained that through good government and internal peace and prosperity, China would play a leadership role in the world and serve as a universal paradigm for other nations.
Normative Prudence as a Tradition of Statecraft [Abstract]
Coll clearly advocates the Aristotelian notion that "moral principles are ultimately realized only in specific acts which human beings choose to carry out." He cites Washington, Lincoln, and Churchill as examples of leaders whose moral wisdom in political reasoning led to a statecraft explicitly derived from prudence.
"The Vision Thing": Charles Taylor Against Inarticulacy [Abstract]
In response to Charles Taylor's book "Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity," Becker defends the Western view of ethical conceptions based on our unique identity, reasoning, and historical heritage.
Hegel and International Ethics [Abstract]
Brown attempts to clarify Hegelian ideas of absolute knowledge and self-knowledge that lead to the model of the modern state as "the vehicle for the self-expression of spirit...governed only by the requirements of reason" upon which Hegel grounds international ethics.
The Crisis of Communism and the Future of Freedom [Abstract]
Russia's struggle to find its new identity in the aftermath of Communism's collapse is analogous to America's historical experience of drawing on religious and cultural roots in moving toward democracy.
The New Containment Myth: Realism and the Anomaly of European Integration [Abstract]
Kegley argues for a focus on promoting the success of Russia while using the relative success of European integration as grounds to work within a transnational collaboration framework based on Kennan's initial recommendations.
Science, Technology and Death in the Nuclear Age: Hans J. Morgenthau on Nuclear Ethics [Abstract]
Russell probes Morgenthau's realist ethics and the underpinnings of the nuclear threat in a technologically evolving modern world with increasingly obsolescent national boundaries.
Communitarianism, the Vatican, and the New Global Order [Abstract]
Phillips traces the history of communitarianism through Aristotelian and Judeo-Christian writings, clarifying the proper function of the community in helping individuals help themselves by mobilizing church resources and countering anti-religious movements such as Nazism and communism.
Insiders and Outsiders in International Development Ethics [Abstract]
Crocker concludes that international and regional progress are closely interrelated. Universalists and ethnocentrists must converge to "think and act globally, regionally, nationally, and locally."
Markets, Poverty Alleviation, and Income Distribution: An Assessment of Neoliberal Claims [Abstract]
The author advocates that governments ensure the involvement of the poor not only in the market reforms but most importantly in the policy-making process. The poor will demonstrate a higher level of success in the emerging economies than many expect.
Do International Ethics Matter? Humanitarian Politics in the Sudan [Abstract]
The authors argue that, while all historical situations are in some sense unique, Sudan is not so idiosyncratic that the lessons and the precedents cannot be replicated elsewhere to protect civilians caught between warring sides in civil wars.
USAID's Democratic Pluralism Initiative: Pragmatism or Altruism? [Abstract]
Green evaluates the efficacy of USAID against the ethical and practical issues likely to influence its future success.
The Decline of International Studies [Abstract]
With the world looking to the U.S. for strategic leadership in ethics and power, Americans cannot afford to deny American youth a strong foundation and education in international studies.