Carnegie Council Celebrates Third Edition of "Ethics and Statecraft: The Moral Dimension of International Affairs," October 2015

October 30, 2015

Ethics and Statecraft: The Moral Dimension of International Affairs, 3rd Edition: Detail from book cover

The third edition of Ethics and Statecraft: The Moral Dimension of International Affairs,edited by Cathal J. Nolan and published by Praeger, just came out in October 2015. It is also available as an e-book via

This collection of essays uses challenging cases from modern history to illuminate the most pressing moral question facing decision-makers today: how to reconcile competing claims of national security, human rights, and the use of force.

Written by a group of international scholars, it provides clear, non-partisan, and non-ideological scholarly coverage of historical as well as contemporary moral issues in international affairs. The topics range from diplomacy, military decision-making, and international law to humanitarian intervention and the definition and protection of the basic human rights.

"Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is proud to have played a pivotal role in this book's creation," says Carnegie Council President Joel H. Rosenthal, who wrote the Foreword. "We are excited to see this expanded third edition, which incorporates important new chapters."

Back in 1993, the Council sponsored an international conference at the University of Vancouver on biography, ethics, and statecraft. The conference framework was based on the existing structure and essays of this book, which was already under commission. The lively debates at the conference greatly contributed to the book, highlighting themes that appear in nearly all of the essays.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Biography, Ethics, and Statecraft
Joel H. Rosenthal
Preface to the Third Edition
Cathal J. Nolan
Cathal J. Nolan

Part I: War

1. “Bodyguard of Lies”: Franklin D. Roosevelt and Defensible Deceit in World War II
Cathal J. Nolan
2. Political Leadership and “Dirty Hands”: Winston Churchill and the City Bombing of Germany
Stephen A. Garrett
3. No End of a Lesson: Vietnam and the Nature of Moral Choice in Foreign Policy
David Armstrong
4. Noncombatant Immunity and Civilian Liability in Contemporary Asymmetric Warfare
Michael L. Gross

Part II: Peacemaking

5. Power and Principle: The Statecraft of Theodore Roosevelt
William N. Tilchin
6. The Higher Realism of Woodrow Wilson
Arthur S. Link
7. Responsibility to Protect: Preventing Genocide and Mass Atrocities
Alex J. Bellamy

Part III: Transformation

8. Realism and Idealism in Historical Perspective: Otto von Bismarck
Otto Pflanze
9. Konrad Adenauer, Arms, and the Redemption of Germany
Carl C. Hodge
10. Eduard Shevardnadze and the End of the Soviet System: Necessity and Choice
Paul Marantz

Part IV: Emerging Issues

11. “The Lady Doth Protest Too Much”: Intervention and the Turn to Ethics in International Law
Martti Koskenniemi
12. Human Security
Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh
13. Drone Ethics
Martin L. Cook
14. Ethics and Targeted Sanctions
Joy Gordon