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What are your interests and areas of expertise in international relations?
Culture, Democracy, Development, Diplomacy, Ethics, Globalization, Human Rights, Innovation, Peace, Security, War
Tell everyone a little about yourself and what you hope to gain from the Global Ethics Network.
I am a student at the University of Bath studying Politics and International Relations. For me, The Global Ethics Network is a great opportunity to connect with other students and scholars worldwide.

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Flowers for Harleys: The U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement Comes into Effect

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 9:00am 0 Comments

Five years after its proposal, the trade agreement between the United States and Colombia came into force on May 15 with the export of Colombian flowers to the United States and an expected shipment of Harley-Davidson motorcycles to Colombia. It was a topic of contention at the 2012 Summit of the Americas that took place in the Colombian city of Cartagena: Will the free trade agreement…

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Hollande and Europe: A change of direction or just a new face?

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

The victory of anti-austerity Socialist leader François Hollande in the French presidential election has sparked discussion about the future of European economic policy. Winning 51.62 percent of the vote, Hollande's campaign was founded on the promise to introduce "a new direction to Europe," with a focus on growth and investment, in lieu of the austerity policies of outgoing French…

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Cuba and Drugs Dominate the Sixth Summit of the Americas

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 10:00am 0 Comments

The sixth Summit of the Americas took place in Cartagena, Colombia on April 14–15 and raised some interesting questions about the future of U.S. policies in the region.

Global drug policy appeared to dominate center stage as the American "war on drugs" was criticized for its lack of evident success. Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina encouraged the introduction of global drug…

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A Conversation with Thomas Pogge

Posted on January 25, 2012 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

Yale University Professor Thomas Pogge spoke at Carnegie Council on January 19, and I summarize here his talk on why Ethics…

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The Living Legacy of WWI: Jane Addams & Her Cosmopolitan Ethics, with Seiko Mimaki

"What distinguished Addams from other peace advocates was her strong emphasis on the crucial role of marginalized people, such as women, immigrants, and workers, in the peacemaking process," says Seiko Mimaki. Her views are highly relevant today, when people see themselves as abandoned by global elites. Unlike that of Woodrow Wilson, her vision of cosmopolitanism "pursued freedom and opportunity for everyone, not just for a privileged few."

What do Americans (Republican Voters) Actually Think?

We hear all sorts of assumptions as to what American voters—and now specifically Republican voters who may or may not serve as the basis for President Trump's support—think and believe about U.S. foreign policy. Do they have affection for Putin and Russia? Are they skeptical of free trade?

The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It, with Yasch Mounk

Harvard's Yascha Mounk argues that liberalism and democracy are coming apart, creating new forms of illiberal democracy (democracy without rights) and undemocratic liberalism (rights without democracy). Populist leaders are flourishing; indeed, Hungary is on the verge of descending into dictatorship, with shamefully little criticism from the Europe or the U.S. What are the causes of this phenomenon? What can we do about it?

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