Gwilym David Blunt's Blog (4)

Charlie Hebdo, Mia Khalifa and the sacredness of vulgarity

All of us are shocked by the brutal attack on Charlie Hebdo and the continuing violence in Paris. The rallying cry of #jesuischarlie has spread across the Twitter-sphere, but this has generated a backlash. Charlie Hebdo published a great deal of offensive material over the years. People feel outraged over the murders, but do not want condone what they see as a vulgar and offensive publication.

 

I disagree.

 

Charlie Hebdo is not a publication that I have ever…

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Added by Gwilym David Blunt on January 9, 2015 at 11:39am — 1 Comment

Are we fighting a just war against the Islamic State?

For the past three weeks a multinational coalition has been engaged in an air campaign against the Islamic State. We've been told the fight will be a long one, but will it be a just one?

In the linked post I question whether air strikes are sufficient means to the end of defeating IS and protecting innocent civilians. This is not a simple theoretic question, but a pressing policy issue. The people of Kobane have been fighting a concerted IS attack for several weeks and air support has…

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Added by Gwilym David Blunt on October 13, 2014 at 6:17am — 1 Comment

Is there a genocide in Syria and Northern Iraq?

It seem that the international community is coming together to stop the so-called Islamic State (otherwise known as ISIS or ISIL). The airstrikes are continuing. It looks as though we will be…

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Added by Gwilym David Blunt on September 24, 2014 at 10:02am — No Comments

"When is Genocide Permissible?" Never.

There is something rather awkward about blogging about your other blog, but I've just posted a response to Yochanan Gordon's now deleted blog post "When is Genocide Permissible?" The answer to this question is that it is never permissible. This is should be so obvious that no one should bother asking the question. However, it's important to be able to explain why genocide is never permissible rather than to treat it as self-evident. The forensic dissection of such arguments will, ideally,…

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Added by Gwilym David Blunt on August 6, 2014 at 10:31am — No Comments

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The Ethics of Trade with China and Authoritarian Upgrading

Increased foreign investment and engagement is producing, not democratization, but "authoritarian upgrading," where selected reforms are designed to legitimize a softer authoritarianism. This presents an ethical dilemma for international trade. What direction will China, Uzbekistan, Russia, and other "upgraded authoritarian" states evolve towards in the coming decade?

The 2020 Election & the View from Overseas, with Nikolas Gvosdev

As the 2020 election begins to come into focus, Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev details the foreign policy cleavages in the Democratic Party. Plus, referencing Nahal Toosi's recent article in "Politico," he discusses the worries that many in Europe have about a Trump reelection or a progressive candidate who also questions the status quo. What's the view from abroad on this turbulent time in American politics?

Ethics & the U.S.-China Trade War, with Nikolas Gvosdev

What role should ethics play in the U.S.-China trade war? Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev looks at these economic tensions in the context of the Uyghur detention and the Hong Kong protests, different theories on integrating China into the world economy, and what it could mean to "lose" in this conflict. Is there a breaking point in terms of China's human rights policies? What's the view in Africa and Europe?

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