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Grounds that should underlie Humanitarian Intervention.

In the last post, I spoke about the principles that should ideally underlie an endeavour of humanitarian intervention, and perhaps, manifest in any overarching legislation that aspires to cover the issue.

Primarily, an intervention on humanitarian grounds must pursue a “just cause”. A situation warranting intervention could be anything from a state representing…

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Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on December 3, 2012 at 1:30am — No Comments

Call for Applications: Academic Visitor Programme for Trinity Term 2013 (Start Date: 21 April), University of Oxford

The Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics hosts scholars and students wishing to engage in research in practical and applied ethics as academic visitors. The Centre is an integral part of the Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University, one of the great centres of academic excellence…

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Added by Kei Hiruta on December 3, 2012 at 7:29am — No Comments

Ways to Use the Global Ethics Network

Ways to Use the Global Ethics Network

EVENTS: Post conferences and public lectures. You can invite GEN members to attend or watch a live webcast.

VIDEO: Post video from your events and conferences, as well as clips from major video services such as…

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Added by Devin Stewart on November 27, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

JOB: Professor of international human rights, Duke University

The DUKE UNIVERSITY Sanford School of Public Policy, in conjunction with the Kenan Institute for Ethics, invites applications from scholars whose principal research, teaching, and policy interests focus on international human rights and related questions of global governance, political philosophy, or international law. The position is open rank, tenure-line. We invite applications…

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Added by Carnegie Council on November 26, 2012 at 4:06pm — No Comments

Legally Regulate, rather than Outlaw

In my Last Post, I spoke about Humanitarian Intervention and explained that though law does not permit it, practice shows that it does exist.

Having established the fact that Humanitarian Intervention does indeed exist, the issue now is not whether a state should intervene or not, rather, what the state that intervenes should conform to. Over the last 40 years, a number of…

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Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on November 26, 2012 at 1:33pm — No Comments

"The Petraeus Affair": A question of ethics, or of risk?

When news broke about "the Petraeus Affair" (as it has been deemed in many circles), my immediate reaction was one of sadness. Petraeus established himself as perhaps the most prominent example of an academic who could bridge the gap between theory and practice in a nation that recoils at the sight of most would-be leaders brandishing three letters: Ph.D. (For example, when I hear detractors refer to President Obama as overly “professorial” even though his most traditionally academic…

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Added by Travis Gidado on November 20, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Ethics, International Relations, and Global Environmental Governance

LORRAINE ELLIOTT, Professor of International Relations at the Australian National University, delivered a public lecture entitled "Ethics, International Relations, and Global Environmental Governance" in Singapore at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological…

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Added by Carnegie Council on November 20, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Humanitarian Intervention Exists

“Humanitarian intervention” is a mechanism relied upon to prevent or stop a gross violation of human rights in a state, where either the state is incapable of doing the needful for its people, or, where the state is unwilling to do the needful for its people or may be the perpetrator of human rights abuses against its people. In terms of the intent, it differs from illegal intervention in that the ultimate gain of a humanitarian intervention is for the people of the state intervened into.…

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Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on November 19, 2012 at 1:36am — No Comments

Summary of Second Annual Global Ethics Fellows Conference in New York

Our Second Annual Global Ethics Fellows Conference in New York City last week was a great success. Here is an overview of some of the proceedings.

Panel I: Cultural and Universal Norms

Panel I, led by Kei Hiruta, Helle Porsdam, Hakan Altinay, Deen Chatterjee, Aine Donovan, Fernanda Duarte,…

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Added by Devin Stewart on November 14, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Is the Al-Qaeda rising, again?

When the Arab Spring began, there was a lot of speculation as to the future of the Al Qaeda. Most believed that the organization would die down when the first waves of the revolutions in the Middle East came about, as the Al Qaeda was still nursing wounds from the death of its leader Osama bin Laden. The Arab Spring was perceived as a new channel for the angst of the disgruntled youth in the Middle East, who were otherwise becoming recruits in the Al Qaeda – being disillusioned with the lack…

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Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on November 13, 2012 at 1:12am — No Comments

Bahrain and the responsibility of the international community

Since February 2011 Bahrain has been the scene of ongoing protests. Protesters are calling for greater freedom and democracy, respect for human rights and the removal of the country’s self-imposed monarchy. So far the regime has responded with harsh crackdowns, imprisonments, and systematic torture. The regime proclaims that it is implementing reforms, but so far this has not happened. It even employs a number of western PR-companies to shape the international public opinion of the…

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Added by Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard on November 12, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

We should come to see climate change as the national security issue it really is

It's a fact of life. Unless it's at your doorstep, it's not a priority.

I wonder if after Sandy's rage last week there's still doubt that climate change is a national security issue? The super storm was caused by the warm up of the Caribbean.

See, Sandy's punch doesn't need to feel warm in order to be a product of global warming.

It's time that policy makers came to see climate change and global warming as the national security issues they really are. This realization…

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Added by Iveta Cherneva on November 6, 2012 at 10:36am — No Comments

On Perpetual Peace

If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood

Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,

Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud

Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,

My friend, you would not tell with such high zest

To children ardent for some desperate glory,

The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est

Pro patria mori.

From “Dulce Est Decorum Est,” by Wilfred Owen…

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Added by Travis Gidado on November 4, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Forecasting the Future of Countries

Measuring how countries perform is all the rage. Everyone from the World Bank to Bertelsmann to…

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Added by Seth Kaplan on November 4, 2012 at 10:10pm — 1 Comment

The Value of Money For Nothing

Blog post written by Donnie Maclurcan, co-founder of the Post Growth Institute

Giving things away freely – time, knowledge, possessions and money - has been and continues to be a truly valuable aspect of my freedom. My grandmother was a big inspiration. She lived simply yet, in the last years of her life, if you commented appreciatively about any item in her house she would suggest you take it. In part, her…

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Added by Jen Hinton on October 31, 2012 at 5:13pm — No Comments

Modernity and the Chinese Experience

This is a piece I wrote that was published in the SAIS Observer, a student-run monthly at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

I am one of two international students in my “Modernity and World Social Thought” class at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center; the other twenty or so are all Chinese students. Every week we talk about questions of modernity and modernization: whether a country can become technologically “modernized” without being culturally and psychologically…

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Added by William Yale on October 31, 2012 at 11:42am — No Comments

Praxis Call for Submissions

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy’s PRAXIS Journal of Human Security is announcing its call for submissions to its 2013 issue!

 

The journal will accept articles from graduate students and professionals on ALL topics of human security – which the journal defines as the intersection of humanitarian assistance, international development, human rights, and conflict resolution, with a focus on the inclusive well-being of individuals, especially the most vulnerable or…

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Added by PRAXIS:Journal of Human Security on October 27, 2012 at 11:11pm — No Comments

Apartheid in Israel?

A majority of Israeli Jews (58%) believe that there is apartheid in Israel today according to an opinion poll published by Haaretz this Tuesday. The poll has received wide attention in the international press and sparked a great deal of controversy.

The poll further finds that a majority of Israeli Jews would…

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Added by Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard on October 25, 2012 at 11:31am — 3 Comments

Global Ethics and Democracy

When I was invited to blog in this network, I decided to write on topics connected with the relation between democracy and international law, which is, currently, one of my main areas of interest. My intuition is that democracy is the only legitimate political authority - not in a sociological sense, but in a normative, moral sense: for me, there are no good arguments to justify authority besides democracy. Then, considering that our international order is essentially undemocratic, we must…

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Added by Nahuel Maisley on October 25, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Carnegie Council's Trans-Pacific Student Contest: "Ethics for a Connected World"

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its first Trans-Pacific Student Contest, a unique experiment in U.S.-Asia collaboration. The contest is part of Ethics for a Connected World, a three-year global education project to mark the Council's 2014 Centennial. Winners will receive a trip to New York City.

The contest will be conducted via Carnegie Council's online…

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Added by Carnegie Council on September 7, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

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