Intervention: From Theories to Cases [Full Text]
This leadoff piece examines the ethics of intervention in light of recent policy and academic debates on the subject.
Author(s): J. Bryan Hehir
Humanitarian Intervention: Three Ethical Positions [Abstract]
LaBerge examines the ethical positions of Rawls, Kant, John Walzer adapted from J. S. Mill, and Canadian philosopher Howard Adelman are, and writes that they constitute "an ethics of human rights, ethics of the right to a historical community, and an ethics of peace."
Author(s): Pierre Laberge
The United Nations and Global Security: The Norm is Mightier Than the Sword [Abstract]
Barnett argues that the United Nations, by operating on the principle of the consent of the parties, can encourage the development of a more stable and cooperative security architecture.
Author(s): Michael N. Barnett
Evaluating Democratic Progress: A Normative Theoretical Perspective [Abstract]
Roth argues that much of the current discourse on the diffusion of democratic norms is misleading and that only a realistic assessment of the progress of societies in transition will focus attention on the problems that remain to be solved.
Author(s): Brad R. Roth
The Rawlsian Theory of International Law [Abstract]
Teson critiques a recent article by John Rawls in which Rawls extends his acclaimed political theory to include international relations.
Author(s): Fernando R. Tesón
Nuclear Proliferation and Nuclear Entitlement [Abstract]
In this essay Lee examines three questions:1) Is nuclear proliferation dangerous? (2) Is it morally permissible for a state to acquire nuclear weapons? (3) What are morally permissible actions for states trying to keep other states from acquiring nuclear weapons?
Author(s): Steven P. Lee
International Deontology [Abstract]
Hardin discusses the forms that moral reasoning might take—from rationalist actor theory to Kantian proceduralism to ad hoc Kantianism—and the relation of Kant's dictum to the institutional nature of much of international affairs.
Author(s): Russell Hardin
International Deontology Defended: A Response to Russell Hardin [Abstract]
Donaldson argues that agreeing with Hardin to banish deontological justifications from international discussion amounts to abandoning the power of deontology to interpret political intent and to establish hard limits on political behavior.
Author(s): Thomas Donaldson
Basic Moral Values: A Shared Core [Abstract]
Without some form of objectivity, Harbour argues, there is no firm grounding other than taste for criticizing whatever constitutes another culture's values, or even for reforming one's own—and there is no firm grounding for moral objections to someone such as Hitler or Idi Amin.
Author(s): Frances V. Harbour
The Uses of Tragedy: Reinhold Niebuhr's Theory of History and International Ethics [Abstract]
As Smith points out, Reinhold Niebuhr's political ethic is closely linked to his philosophy of history. This view of history blends a dualistic understanding of human nature and rigorous contingency of experience - all sobered by a creative sense of tragedy.
Author(s): Thomas W. Smith
Prudent Statesmen: Truman, Kissinger, and Thatcher [Abstract]
Review essay of "Diplomacy," by Henry Kissinger; "Truman," by David McCullough; and "The Downing Street Years," by Margaret Thatcher.
Author(s): Alberto R. Coll