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Annual Morgenthau Memorial Lecture Series Resources

Ethical Considerations: Law, Foreign Policy, and The War on Terror
11/02/2006
Former Navy General Counsel Alberto Mora fought to stop policies that authorized cruelty toward terror suspects. "Cruelty harms our nation's legal, foreign policy, and national security interests," says Mora. "I can't put it any plainer tha…
Ethical Considerations: Law, Foreign Policy, and the War on Terror
11/02/2006
Former Navy General Counsel Alberto Mora fought to stop policies that authorized cruelty toward terror suspects. "Cruelty harms our nation's legal, foreign policy, and national security interests," says Mora. "I can't put it any plainer tha…
Universalism and Jewish Values
05/15/2001
Though they lacked any state or territory of their own, Jews nevertheless created a distinctive political philosophy, one that deserves systematic scholarly attention.
Kosovo: An Assessment in the Context of International Law
05/12/2000
South African jurist Richard J. Goldstone, co-chairman of the International Independent Inquiry on Kosovo, traces the troubled history of the Albanian province of Kosovo after it was incorporated into the new Yugoslavia in 1945.
National Interest in the Information Age
05/12/1999
Nye provides several reasons why the information age is likely to enhance rather than diminish American power.
Directions in U.S. Foreign Policy: Interests and Ideals
05/12/1998
On the one hand, more people (in Africa, Asia, and elsewhere) are living in democracies, thanks in large part to globalization. On the other, there has been an erosion of national sovereignty, with governments ceding power to international …
The Future of the United States as a Great Power
05/26/1996
William Pfaff points to the danger the U.S. will face if it continues to hark back to a mythical, isolationist past. He urges American leaders to take up the moral and political responsibility demanded of a great power, which includes encou…
Intervention: From Theories to Cases
05/26/1994
J. Bryan Hehir argues that the legal norm against intervention in other nations' affairs is eroded once it becomes impossible to ignore the moral imperatives to rescue those in need and/or end violations of human rights. That said, he …
Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points after 75 Years
05/12/1992
Although much of Wilson's thinking is still relevant, he in no way anticipated "such horrors as the Holocaust, or the famine in Somalia, or the swirl of hatreds within countries and the refugees stumbling across borders"; nor did he have an…
Speaking Truth to Power: The Quest for Equality in Freedom
05/12/1991
Former Council president Robert J. Myers discusses the legacy of Hans J. Morgenthau: his realist doctrine and its influence on American foreign policy; some enduring dilemmas of American democracy; and the the mass destruction of humanity t…
The Political Ethics of International Relations
05/22/1987
Leading international relations theorist Stanley Hoffmann argues that the greatest danger to ethical thinking in international affairs is "disembodied idealism," i.e., posing ethical solutions to political problems without first coming to g…
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