Ethics & International Affairs Summer 2016 Issue
Ethics & International Affairs Summer 2016 Issue

Free for a Limited Time! "Ethics & International Affairs" Summer 2016 Issue

Jun 14, 2016

Ethics & International Affairs is pleased to announce the publication of the second issue in EIA's 30th anniversary volume.


This issue includes an essay by John R. Emery on the humanitarian applications of drones; a roundtable on the role of human rights in the UN's post-2015 development agenda, with contributions by Malcolm Langford, Sandra Fredman, Jaakko Kuosmanen, Meghan Campbell, Kate Donald, and Sally-Anne Way; features by Jacqueline Best on central bank accountability and Cristina Lafont on the importance of the "human" in human rights; an exchange discussing Patti Tamara Lenard's article on democracies and the power to revoke citizenship (EIA 30.1), with contributions by Elizabeth F. Cohen, Ben Herzog, and David Miller, and with a reply by Patti Tamara Lenard; and book reviews.


The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Humanitarian Drones John R. Emery The debate about drones has been slow to shift from targeted killings to the emerging category of the humanitarian drone. As technology and innovations advance, there remain critical ethical tensions associated with drones, even in their humanitarian use.


Lost in Transformation? The Politics of the Sustainable Development Goals Malcolm Langford The new Sustainable Development Goals agenda may be big, but is it truly transformative? This essay explores two common critiques: that states have created an agenda more decorative than operational, and that political compromises could undermine the strength of the agreement.

Transformative Equality: Making the Sustainable Development Goals Work for Women Sandra Fredman, Jaakko Kuosmanen, and Meghan Campbell This essay makes the case for the continued development of a human rights-based approach to the Sustainable Development Goals that will contribute to achieving gender equality and women's empowerment.

Equality as a Global Goal Edward Anderson The Millennium Development Goals were often criticized for having a "blind spot" with regard to inequality and social injustice—possibly even contributing to entrenched inequalities. This essay examines the extent to which this criticism has been addressed in the Sustainable Development Goals.

Accountability for the Sustainable Development Goals: A Lost Opportunity? Kate Donald and Sally-Anne Way This essay examines how the "politics of accountability" played out during the post-2015 negotiations on the SDGs and how this influenced the resulting compromise in the final outcome document.


Rethinking Central Bank Accountability in Uncertain Times Jacqueline Best Central banks have gained considerable authority since the 2008 financial crisis, using highly unorthodox tools to stimulate the economy and taking a greater role in financial regulation. In such a context, we need to develop a more robust form of accountability.

Should We Take the "Human" Out of Human Rights? Human Dignity in a Corporate World Cristina Lafont Recognizing corporations as legal persons with human rights may have a detrimental effect on the human rights of natural persons. If this legal development continues, human rights practice may be facing two incommensurable paths.


When Democracies Denationalize: The Epistemological Case against Revoking Citizenship Elizabeth F. Cohen What makes denationalization problematic for democratic theorists are not simply the procedures used to impose this penalty or its consequences, but also the permanence of this type of punishment.

The Democratic Roots of Expatriation Ben Herzog Patti Tamara Lenard's analysis of the right to revoke citizenship in democratic states overlooks one legitimate motivation behind expatriation: the aim to regulate national allegiance.

Democracy, Exile, and Revocation David Miller For those who set their faces against the implicit contract that democracy embodies, revocation procedures incorporating strong human rights safeguards may still be justified.

Patti Tamara Lenard Replies Patti Tamara Lenard Revocation laws are adopted among many tools to fight the threat of terrorism. Nevertheless, revocation of citizenship remains incompatible with democratic citizenship as a matter of principle.


Scientists at War: The Ethics of Cold War Weapons Research Sarah Bridger Review by Jacques E. C. Hymans Historian Sarah Bridger explores the ambivalent role of scientists in U.S. policy debates over national defense issues from the 1950s to the 1980s. This is a significant contribution to our understanding of the evolution of the scientific professions in the shadow of the national security state.

Equal Recognition: The Moral Foundations of Minority Rights Alan Patten Review by Daniel Weinstock Alan Patten's Equal Recognition is the most significant systematic attempt at deriving a theory of minority rights from the basic tenets of liberalism since Will Kymlicka's Multicultural Citizenship was published over 20 years ago.

Sexualities in World Politics: How LGBTQ Claims Shape International Relations Edited by Manuela Lavinas Picq and Markus Thiel Review by Ryan Thoreson The essays in Sexualities in World Politics argue that LGBTQ perspectives are deeply enriching for international relations theory. As the rights of LGBTQ people increasingly take hold as foreign policy concerns, these perspectives are long overdue for serious consideration by IR theorists.

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