The Ethics of Foreign Policy

The Ethics of Foreign Policy

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This ground-breaking volume considers the ethical aspects of foreign policy change through five interrelated dimensions: conceptual, security, economic, normative and diplomatic. Defining ethics and what an ethical foreign policy should be is highly contested. The book includes many very different viewpoints to reflect the strong divergence of opinion on such issues as humanitarian intervention, free trade, the doctrine of preemption, political corruption and human rights. The thematic approach provides this volume with a clear organizational structure, giving readers a balanced overview of a number of important conceptual and practical issues central to the ethical analysis of states' conduct and foreign policy making. An impressive group of international scholars and practitioners, including a New Zealand Foreign Minister, a US National Security Advisor, and an ICJ Justice, makes this volume ideally suited to courses on international relations, security studies, ethics and human rights, philosophy, media studies and international law.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 266 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 25.4mm | 538g
  • Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Aldershot, England, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0754643778
  • 9780754643777
  • 2,398,575

Table of contents

Contents: Introduction: the ethical context of foreign policy, David B. MacDonald and Robert G. Patman. Part 1 Morality and War on Terror: Exceptionalism, the Holocaust, and American foreign policy, David MacDonald; The America who would be king: in praise of moral restraint, or concerns of an acolyte of Thomas Hobbes, James R. Flynn; Ethics and national security in the age of international terrorism, Barry Cooper. Part 2 Moral and Global Security: The ethics of the 'new international policing', B.K Greener-Barcham; Liberal interventionism versus international law: Blair's wars against Kosovo and Iraq, Nicholas J. Wheeler and Rachel J. Owen; Morality, media and international conflict, Jeremy Hall. Part 3 Morality, Culture and Economics: How to be good: morality in Japan's and Germany's foreign policy, Dirk Nabers; Interdependence, states and community: ethical concerns and foreign policy in ASEAN, Simon S.C. Tay; The ethical challenge of trade policy, Andrew Stoeckel; The ethical challenges of political corruption in a globalized political economy, Alfredo Rehren. Part 4 Morality, Law, and the Practitioners: The ethical challenges of terrorism and rogue regimes, Richard V. Allen; The ethics of foreign policy, Hon. Phil Goff; International security and the law: is international law still relevant during armed conflict?, K.J. Keith; Pious hope or realist instrument? Challenges from the pursuit of international criminal justice, Susan Lamb. Conclusion: Some reflections on ethics and foreign policy, Stephen Haigh, David B. MacDonald and Robert G. Patman; Index.
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'Addresses a central issue of our time - whether in a globalized world any country can consistently pursue an ethical foreign policy. The international team of academics and practitioners do not always agree on what ethics are, still less how to reconcile them with national interests, but they do show clearly why they can never be ignored.' Peter Calvert, University of Southampton, UK '...a ground-breaking attempt to examine the ethical aspects of foreign policy. It exposes the inadequacy of realism and questions the ethical legitimacy of national interest as a benchmark to foreign policy.' The Round Table
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About Assoc Prof David B. MacDonald

David B. Macdonald, University of Guelph, Canada, Robert G. Patman and Betty Mason-Parker both from the Department of Political Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand.
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