Ethics & International Affairs

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Third Edition

Joel H. Rosenthal and Christian Barry, Editors

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The third edition of Ethics & International Affairs provides a fresh selection of classroom resources, ideal for courses in international relations, ethics, foreign policy, and related fields. Published with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, this collection contains some of the best contemporary scholarship on international ethics, written by a group of distinguished political scientists, political theorists, philosophers, applied ethicists, and economic development specialists. Each contributor explores how moral theory can inform policy choices regarding topics such as war and intervention, international organizations, human rights, and global economic justice. This book provides an entry point into these key debates and offers a platform for further discussion.

Published in cooperation with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

Table of Contents


Part One: Conflict and Reconciliation

1. In Defense of Realism: A Commentary on Just and Unjust Wars
David C. Hendrickson

2. The Slippery Slope to Preventive War
Neta C. Crawford

3. Reckoning with Past Wrongs: A Normative Framework
David A. Crocker

Part Two: Grounds for Intervention

4. Humanitarian Intervention: An Overview of the Ethical Issues
Michael J. Smith

5. The Moral Basis of Humanitarian Intervention
Terry Nardin

6. Responsibility to Protect or Trojan Horse?: The Crisis in Darfur and
Humanitarian Intervention after Iraq
Alex J. Bellamy

7. Ecological Intervention: Prospects and Limits
Robyn Eckersley

Part Three: Governance, Law, and Membership

8. The Legitimacy of Global Governance Institutions
Allen Buchanan and Robert O. Keohane

9. On the Alleged Conflict between Democracy and International Law
Seyla Benhabib

10. “Saving Amina”: Global Justice for Women and Intercultural Dialogue
Alison M. Jaggar

11. Who Should Get In? The Ethics of Immigration Admissions
Joseph H. Carens

Part Four: Global Economic Justice

12. Models of International Economic Justice
Ethan B. Kapstein

13. The Invisible Hand of the American Empire
Robert Wade

14. Accountability in International Development Aid
Leif Wenar

15. World Poverty and Human Rights
Thomas Pogge

16. Do We Owe the Global Poor Assistance or Rectification?: Response to Pogge
Mathias Risse

17. Baselines for Determining Harm: Reply to Risse
Thomas Pogge



"A fantastic, easily accessible and well-written series of contributions."—International Journal

"This extensively revised edition of a well-known collection of essays more than meets the already high standard of earlier versions. The seventeen essays collected here bring expert focus on the key ethical issues of the day, with contributions from most of the major authorities in the field. This is an essential teaching collection for courses on ethics and international affairs and international political theory more generally."—Chris Brown, professor of international relations, London School of Economics

"The newest edition of Ethics and International Affairs is an invaluable resource for course instructors and researchers in this rapidly expanding field. The new preface helpfully situates 'international ethics' within the broader study of world politics. Each of the chapters offers sophisticated normative analysis of important ethical issues in international relations, from some of the most distinguished scholars in the field today. As an instructor for a graduate course in International Ethics, I am delighted to find so many of the wonderful EIA articles I include on my reading list . . . together in one volume."—Fiona Robinson, associate professor and director of graduate studies, Carleton University

"This collection of essays, from leading scholars in their field, represents the best of contemporary writing on normative issues in global affairs. They chart with clarity and insight some of the most important current debates about how the world might become more just."—Tim Hayward, professor of environmental political theory, University of Edinburgh


Alex J. Bellamy Seyla Benhabib Allen Buchanan Joseph H. Carens Neta C. Crawford David A. Crocker Robyn Eckersley David C. Hendrickson Alison M. Jaggar Ethan B. Kapstein Robert O. Keohane Terry Nardin Thomas Pogge Mathias Risse Michael J. Smith Robert Wade Leif Wenar

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About the Author

Joel H. Rosenthal is president of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He also serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Politics at New York University and as chair of the Bard College Globalization and International Affairs Program.

Christian Barry
is a senior research fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at The Australian National University.

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