Gwilym David Blunt
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Ayesha Jamal commented on Gwilym David Blunt's blog post Charlie Hebdo, Mia Khalifa and the sacredness of vulgarity
"It was great reading your article! You've made a great point;even though one can never justify terrorism, media should try to avoid hurting the sentiments of people by abusing their religious figures!"
Jan 12, 2015
Gwilym David Blunt's blog post was featured

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 rated highly, but vulgarity is one of…See More
Jan 9, 2015
Gwilym David Blunt posted a blog post

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 rated highly, but vulgarity is one of…See More
Jan 9, 2015
Valentine Olushola Oyedipe commented on Gwilym David Blunt's blog post Are we fighting a just war against the Islamic State?
"I quite share your sentiment Mr. Blunt.Truly its high time we started putting boots on the ground with the proviso that the War against ISIL is conducted in a just manner.The De-humanization and sacrilegious acts in Iraq and Syria are just too…"
Oct 13, 2014
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Oct 13, 2014
Gwilym David Blunt's blog post was featured

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 not yet…See More
Oct 13, 2014
Gwilym David Blunt posted a blog post

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 not yet…See More
Oct 13, 2014
Gwilym David Blunt's blog post was featured

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 arming the moderate Syrian opposition, while assisting the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi forces. There may be boots on the ground soon, if…See More
Sep 24, 2014
Gwilym David Blunt posted a blog post

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 arming the moderate Syrian opposition, while assisting the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi forces. There may be boots on the ground soon, if…See More
Sep 24, 2014
Al LeBlanc liked Gwilym David Blunt's blog post "When is Genocide Permissible?" Never.
Aug 8, 2014
Carnegie Council liked Gwilym David Blunt's blog post "When is Genocide Permissible?" Never.
Aug 6, 2014
Gwilym David Blunt's blog post was featured

"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,…See More
Aug 6, 2014
Gwilym David Blunt posted a blog post

"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,…See More
Aug 6, 2014
Gwilym David Blunt posted a status
"My answer to Yochanan Gordon's 'When is Genocide Permissible?" Spoiler: Never, but one word answers don't cut it http://j.mp/1svJ5E5"
Aug 6, 2014
Al LeBlanc left a comment for Gwilym David Blunt
"Welcome to GEN !  Al"
Jan 2, 2014
Gwilym David Blunt is now a member of Global Ethics Network
Jan 2, 2014

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Temporary University Lecturer
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University of Cambridge
What are your interests and areas of expertise in international relations?
Ethics, Human Rights, Migration, Poverty, War
Tell everyone a little about yourself and what you hope to gain from the Global Ethics Network.
I'm currently a Leverhulme Early Career in the Department of POLIS, University of Cambridge. I lecture on Ethics and World Politics. My research interests involve global poverty and the ethics of political violence. I hope my association with the GEN helps to produce a better synthesis between theory and practice regarding problems of global poverty.

Gwilym David Blunt's Blog

Charlie Hebdo, Mia Khalifa and the sacredness of vulgarity

Posted on January 9, 2015 at 11:39am 1 Comment

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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Are we fighting a just war against the Islamic State?

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 6:17am 1 Comment

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…

Continue

Is there a genocide in Syria and Northern Iraq?

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 10:02am 0 Comments

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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"When is Genocide Permissible?" Never.

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 10:31am 0 Comments

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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