SEST-538 Ethics and International Security
This course focuses on the specific ethics guiding individuals in policy-making, examining cases of national security and foreign policy decisions in recent history. The literature on this topic is eclectic and extensive, ranging from philosophical and religious debates about the role of morality in international relations--such as the difference between just and unjust wars--to more specific disputes about the influence and legitimacy of norms guiding particular areas of policymaking--such as nuclear deterrence or peacekeeping operations. Most of this literature focuses on the international system or the nation-state, and is concerned with the relative morality of events, such as the Holocaust and the Vietnam War, and instruments of statecraft, such as covert intelligence operations, arms sales, and trade sanctions.
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Spring '05: Nolan, J. (description)
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