International Ethics

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2008-02-28
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
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Now in a comprehensively revised and updated edition, this text cogently demonstrates that moral values and ethical reasoning are indispensable in global politics. Mark R. Amstutz explores two distinct dimensions of international political morality: the role of moral norms in foreign affairs and the ethical foundation of the rules and structures of global society. The author considers important conceptual and philosophical challenges posed by the plurality of values in the international community, but his primary goal is to describe and assess the nature, role, and impact of international political morality on international relations. Through the use of balanced arguments and a wide-ranging selection of case studies, Amstutz illustrates the place of moral norms in international relations. He presents the concepts, theories, methods, and traditions of ethical analysis and then applies them to case studies in the areas of political reconciliation, human rights, war, unconventional military operations, foreign intervention, economic sanctions, justice among states, and global justice. His clearly written study will be of special interest to students and practitioners of international affairs who are concerned with the role of political morality and ethical judgment in global affairs.

Author Biography

Mark R. Amstutz is professor of political science at Wheaton College

Table of Contents

List of Casesp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Morality and Foreign Policyp. 7
Morality and Ethicsp. 7
The Nature and Bases of Political Moralityp. 10
The Development of a Moral Foreign Policyp. 16
NATO Intervention in Kosovop. 20
Strategies of Ethical Decision Makingp. 27
Ends-Based Actionp. 28
The Ethics of Nuclear Deterrencep. 30
Rule-Based Actionp. 34
Famine Relief for Soviet Russiap. 36
Tridimensional Ethicsp. 38
The Ethics of Strategic Defensep. 40
The Role of Ethical Traditionsp. 43
The Nature and Role of Ethical Traditionsp. 44
Realismp. 46
The Peloponnesian Warp. 48
Idealismp. 52
President Carter's Human Rights Policyp. 55
Principled Realismp. 58
Ethics and the Bush Doctrinep. 60
The Ethics of Political Reconciliationp. 65
Reckoning with Past Regime Offensesp. 65
The Quest for Political Reconciliationp. 68
Retributive Justicep. 70
Prosecuting Rwanda's Genocide Offendersp. 71
Restorative Justicep. 74
South African Reconciliation through Truth and Reparationsp. 76
Reconciliation through Political Forgivenessp. 81
Political Forgiveness and the Bitburg Dilemmap. 83
The Ethics of International Human Rightsp. 87
The Idea of Human Rightsp. 89
Caning in Singaporep. 93
International Humanitarian Lawp. 95
Human Rights and Foreign Policyp. 98
The Rwanda Genocide and the Failure to Preventp. 102
Promoting Human Rightsp. 104
The Ethics of Warp. 109
Three Moralities of Forcep. 110
The Ethics of the Persian Gulf Warp. 116
The Ethics of Preemptive and Preventive Warp. 120
Regime Change in Iraqp. 124
The Ethics of Military Operations Other than Warp. 131
Insurgency and Counterinsurgencyp. 132
Ethics and the Reagan Doctrinep. 135
Terrorism and Counterterrorismp. 139
The Ethics of Torture and Targeted Killingp. 142
The Ethics of Interventionp. 151
Sovereignty and Noninterventionp. 152
Arguments for Noninterventionp. 154
Three Types of Interventionp. 160
Political Interventionp. 161
U.S. Intervention in Haitip. 161
Strategic Interventionp. 163
U.S. Intervention in Grenadap. 164
Humanitarian Interventionp. 168
U.S. Intervention in Somaliap. 170
The Ethics of Economic Sanctionsp. 175
The Aims and Effects of Economic Sanctionsp. 176
The Effectiveness of Economic Sanctionsp. 179
U.S. Economic Sanctions against Cubap. 181
The Morality of Economic Sanctionsp. 185
Economic Sanctions and South African Apartheidp. 189
Pursuing International Justicep. 195
Justice and the International Communityp. 196
Rawls's Theory of International Justicep. 200
The Ethics of Foreign Aidp. 202
Individuals and the International Communityp. 206
Challenges to U.S. Immigration Policyp. 211
The Ethics of Global Societyp. 217
The Development of Global Governancep. 218
Protecting Global Public Goodsp. 222
Managing Global Climate Changep. 225
International Legal Accountabilityp. 229
The Detention of Augusto Pinochetp. 232
Conclusionp. 241
Notesp. 247
Indexp. 281
About the Authorp. 289
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