All Options Are on the Table: Threats and Coercive Diplomacy

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All Options Are on the Table: Threats and Coercive Diplomacy

Time: September 27, 2018 from 6pm to 7:30pm
Location: Carnegie Council For Ethics in International Affairs
Street: 170 E. 64th Street
City/Town: New York
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Event Type: public, affairs
Organized By: Carnegie Council
Latest Activity: Aug 15, 2018

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Are there ever justifiable reasons for issuing threats? Ethically speaking, there are many reasons to assume that threats should have little or no role in the practice of diplomacy. Ideally, disputes should be settled by consensual agreements. However, in the age of Trump, with his use of threats, bluffs, and lies, a new coercive practice of diplomacy is challenging a rules-based international order that constrained the destructive nationalism of the 20th century and brought peace to billions of people.

Is there a sound moral basis for threatening indiscriminate harm? What core concerns must be addressed if we are to make the proper and ecessary moral assessments?

Gholamali Khoshroo is permanent representative of Iran to the United Nations.

Gregory M. Reichberg is research professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

Henrik Syse is research professor at PIRO, professor of peace and conflict studies at Björknes University College in Oslo, and co-editor of the Journal of Military Ethics.

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image: Edward Duncan’s 1843 painting of Nemesis, the first British ocean-going iron warship, which was used in British “gunboat diplomacy.” Via Wikimedia Commons.

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