Featured Blog Posts – April 2013 Archive (51)

The Ethical Challenge in Sino-U.S. Relations: The Threat of War

The Ethical Challenge in Sino-U.S. Relations: The Threat of War


The greatest ethical challenge confronting the U.S. and China is that in both countries, decision-makers are increasingly scoping out foreign policy strategies that will inevitably lead to military conflict. On the U.S. side, decision-makers often look for military solutions to what are really political problems. They consider geopolitics, and in fact fall back on geopolitical fatalism, in…


Added by Tong Zhichao on April 30, 2013 at 11:53pm — No Comments

The Significance of September 11th attacks on United States and Indonesia Relations

The following essay was written by two female writers, one from Indonesia, and one from the United States. The Indonesian writer professes to be a follower of the Muslim religion and the American writer professes to be a follower of Christ. It is important to note that these two writers were friends face to face while the Indonesian writer spent time in America. The experiences that both of them had during their friendship have shaped both of their lives. They intend to portray the depth of…


Added by Sarah David on April 30, 2013 at 11:52pm — No Comments

The Ethical Implications of Soft Power: Reexamining the Peace Corps in Southeast Asia

As we enter Obama's second term, U.S. state-funded international volunteer programs pose the greatest ethical challenge in U.S.-ASEAN relations. Many of these programs that promote Western ideals and reaffirm U.S. power through peace-oriented development programs, have been in existence for decades. One example, the Peace Corps, was established in the wake of the Cold War, to exert U.S. soft power upon the world through cultural exchange programs. Thus, these programs have served…


Added by Isabelle Marie Lopez on April 30, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Interfaith Coalition in Creating Common Good for United States and Indonesia’s Relationship

Islamaphobia: a misconception for decades

Islamaphobia is the institutionalized fear of Islam in United States that is demonstrated through its local and foreign politics as well as its social structures. Indonesia, being a majority Muslim country that upholds Islamic values, is inevitably feared by the United States and its American people as being “terrorist…


Added by Jennifer Mogi on April 30, 2013 at 11:25pm — No Comments

North Korean Gulags: And Yet,

If the prison camps of Auschwitz were still running in full operation today, would the entire global community collectively stand by and allow them to continue? One would think not. And yet, here we stand today. Even while the bellicose and belligerent regime of North Korea once again commands the world stage through its threats and showmanship, still the issue of its extensive system of concentration camps slips through the gaps of the world’s attention. Through the testimonies of escapees…


Added by YUNSOOHONG on April 30, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Bioethical challenges and progress in Singapore and the United States

So as to achieve happiness, prosperity and

progress for our nation


-Singapore’s National Pledge-


How do we define progress? According to Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, “Singapore’s status as a world-class economy has not kept it from having a remarkably poor record in…


Added by Andie Ang on April 30, 2013 at 8:09pm — No Comments

The ethics impact on Sino-U.S. relation when Apple lost its value


Traditional ethics theory of international relation concerned much more moral significance in acts of state and diplomatic policy, its core is the relationship between the moral and interest.  At present, the scope and impact of ethics in international affairs are constantly expanding. Specification of the values of human rights, democracy, humanitarian intervention, distributive justice is undergoing a significant evolution. If the…


Added by Lu Wang on April 30, 2013 at 4:13pm — No Comments

The Great Hypocrisy: Clarifying U.S.-China relations

Between the United States of America (U.S.) and the People’s Republic of China, many people have preconceived notions about the ethical standards that each of these countries uphold. However, it is important to move away from thinking about these countries individually, because the world that we live in today is interconnected and these complex associations can often be invisible. Since no country exists in complete isolation, it is imperative for…


Added by Vivian Ng on April 30, 2013 at 3:03pm — No Comments

Poisoned Apple: avoiding toxic business practices between the U.S. and China

            The 21st century has fostered new global developments, conflicts, and partnerships, and the evolving relationship between the United States and China is riddled with all three.  In the last decade, multinational corporations based in the U.S. cut their domestic workforces by 2.9 million, while increasing employment overseas by 2.4 million, according to…


Added by Lisa Hawkins on April 30, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Corporations: An Ethical Challenge

One hundred and ninety three countries have signed onto the United Nations Charter.  Each country, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, has promised to uphold every Article of the Charter and has vowed to uphold “peace” and “security” in the world, and solve “international problems” of a “humanitarian nature.”  Yet many of these countries have failed to uphold these obligations as they have first and foremost placed the economic importance of their country before mankind.

Home to one of the…


Added by Shehnoor Grewal on April 30, 2013 at 1:36pm — No Comments

If you give a gal a sensor pod: Ethical issues for US resource sharing in the ASEAN community

Sirilak Chumkiew studies computational biology for her PhD program at Walailak University in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. Recently, she has been performing water quality research in Bandon Bay, the Gulf of Thailand. If she collects enough water quality data to establish a pattern, she aims at developing a flood detection system to help local aquaculture farmers prevent loss of crops during severe flooding.

Researchers typically use various forms of sensors to gather information…


Added by Sherri Lynn Conklin on April 30, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Social Responsibility and the Environment: An Ethical Challenge for U.S.-China Relations

Since the 1970s, climate change has played a major role in international relations and policy for both developed and developing countries. The fear of climate change’s impacts has spawned numerous agreements, conventions, protocols, and bilateral and multilateral meetings to provide short- and long- term solutions to tackle this problem. However, despite these efforts, climate change remains a looming international threat, and it seems that those fears stemming from environmental issues…


Added by Susana L on April 30, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Does the United States have an ethical obligation to support Taiwan?

On November 28th, 2012 the Taiwanese band Mayday took to the stage to play a concert. For Mayday, this was no big deal. Fans in Taiwan routinely queue up at 7-11 hours before tickets go on sale, and Mayday songs are a staple in just about every KTV club on the island. Lead singer Ashin and company are seasoned pros, but this concert was nonetheless a little different than the others. Why?

Because it didn’t take place in Taipei. Or Kaohsiung. Or anywhere else in Taiwan. Or Asia,…


Added by Yuching Kao on April 30, 2013 at 8:28am — No Comments

Confronting Traditions and Contextualizing Modernity: The Challenges of Protecting Women’s Human Rights in Southeast Asia

“The central moral challenge of this century is gender inequity. In the nineteenth century it was slavery, in the twentieth century it was totalitarianism, and in this century it is the oppression of women and girls throughout the world.” – Sheryl WuDunn


Women and girls in Southeast Asia face gender–based discrimination, harassment, extortion, and are among the top victims of physical and sexual violence in the world, putting them at an increased risk of poverty, ill…


Added by Julio Amador III on April 30, 2013 at 6:40am — No Comments

The Greatest Challenge Facing U.S.-Taiwan Relations

The Greatest Challenge Facing U.S.-Taiwan Relations


    When it comes to the bilateral relations between the U.S. and Taiwan (the Republic of China), there have been numerous controversial issue-areas. For example, under the framework on its One-China Policy, the U.S. has revoked its diplomatic recognition and broken off political ties with Taiwan back in 1978. Later on the bilateral relations were continued based on the Taiwan Relations Act, a domestic law…


Added by David Li on April 30, 2013 at 4:35am — No Comments

Effects of Collectivist vs. Individualist Approaches to Ethics on Sino-US Relations

             One of the greatest sources of tension between United States and China relations is fundamentally different societal views on ethics. Historically, China has viewed the goal of ethics has reflected the collectivist approach of maintaining a stable and harmonious society, while in the United States the individualist view of ethics tends to focus on the individual and their morals. These distinct viewpoints lead to radically different views on the role of government, the rights of…


Added by Matthew Stephen Werth on April 29, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Sewing Dissension: The Struggle for Labor Rights in Cambodia's Garment Industry

           If you are browsing around the latest clothing lines from stores such as H&M, Nike, or Walmart, there’s a good chance that you will notice some items with a label saying “Made in Cambodia.”  Labels with origins in other countries are not surprising; at present the majority of garments sold in the US are manufactured in other areas, mostly Asia. In 2011, Cambodia exported over 2,000 million dollars worth of products to the US, making it the 6th largest apparel…


Added by Abigail Gregg on April 29, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Nationalism and the Past: The Ethics of War Memory in Trans-Pacific Politics


The diversity and sheer number of overlapping ethical challenges currently facing trans-Pacific relations make it difficult to pluck out just one to explore at the exclusion of all else.  There is, however, one recurring ethical question that stands out for its pervasiveness, its persistence, and its ability both to transcend and to shape all the others.  We will call…


Added by James Giguere on April 29, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The Failure to Act

The greatest ethical challenge facing the world today is the need to protect human rights. The international community has been complacent too many times throughout history while horrific atrocities were inflicted upon innocent people. As is seen in the current conditions in Syria, genocide, mass murder, and tortuous methods have been used on countless people without the international community interceding. As members of the human family, the international community has the responsibility to…


Added by Jordin Albers on April 29, 2013 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: The Terrorists Next Door?

The bombings at the Boston Marathon brings homegrown terrorism back into the spotlight. Suspects…


Added by Jocelyne Cesari on April 29, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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