Ethics & International Affairs

Ethics & International Affairs is a magazine specializing in Politics topics.

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 1, Spring

Contemporary Just War Thinking: Which Is Worse, to Have Friends or Critics?
The increasingly widespread and energetic engagement with the idea of just war over the last fifty years of thinking on morality and armed conflict--especially in English-speaking countries--presents a striking contrast to the previous several centuries,...
Divisions within the Ranks? the Just War Tradition and the Use and Abuse of History
Plato wrote in the Republic that quarrels between fellow countrymen are wont to be more virulent and nasty than those between external enemies. (1) Sigmund Freud (and latterly Michael Ignatieff and Toni Erskine) have similarly cautioned of the malice...
Editors' Note
On January 5, 1914, Andrew Carnegie published his New Year Greeting in The Independent magazine. His message was as simple as it was optimistic. This was to be the year to end war forever. He wrote: The foulest blot remaining upon so-called civilized...
From Jus Ad Bellum to Jus Ad Vim: Recalibrating Our Understanding of the Moral Use of Force
In the preface of the 2006 edition of Just and Unjust Wars, Michael Walzer makes an important distinction between, on the one hand, "measures short of war," such as imposing no-fly zones, pinpoint air/missile strikes, and CIA operations, and on the...
Introduction: Thinking Ethically about the Use of Force
The articles gathered in this special section are the products of two years of discussion among the contributing authors, but also the result of an extended conversation between the authors and the wider community of scholars working on matters pertaining...
Just War Thinking as a Social Practice
The abstract for the International Studies Association panel that gave rise to this special section of Ethics & International Affairs referred to the "triumph" of just war theory. However, I think we ought rather to speak of just war discourse...
Poverty and Morality: Religious and Secular Perspectives
Poverty and Morality: Religious and Secular Perspectives, edited by William A. Galston and Peter H. Hoffenberg (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 312 pp., $97 cloth, $29.99 paper. This latest in the Ethikon Series in Comparative Ethics...
The Image before the Weapon: A Critical History of the Distinction between Combatant and Civilian
The Image before the Weapon: A Critical History of the Distinction between Combatant and Civilian, Helen M. Kinsella (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2011), 264 pp., $34.95 cloth. In the "human security" era (since approximately the end...
The Missing Ethics of Mining
In the middle of the 1980s the pastoralists of Essakane, Burkina Faso, were dying. Drought gripped the drylands of West Africa, crippling peoples' seminomadic livelihoods of millet farming and goat herding. When rain finally returned after three years,...
The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us about Coming Conflicts and the Battle against Fate
The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate, Robert D. Kaplan (New York: Random House, 2012), 432 pp., $28 cloth. "Suddenly," observes Robert D. Kaplan, "we were in a world in which the dismantling...