Ethics and International Affairs explores the extent and limits of contemporary international ethics and examines the ways in which the international community has responded to some of the most crucial challenges of the last ten years.
At the center of the book is a discussion of how responsibility is viewed at individual, national, and international levels when facing the pressing problems of human rights, humanitarian intervention, environmental issues, considerations of gender, international economic justice, matters of war and peace, and the plight of refugees. While some authors revisit the very conception and interpretation of international ethics, others focus on the necessity to push for the better implementation and improvement of existing international norms.
The result is an examination of how ethics are defined in today’s specific contexts and how an understanding of the ethical may be developed from the articulation of the dilemmas encountered.
Jean-Marc Coicaud is a Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace, Washington DC, while on leave from the United Nations University, Tokyo, where he is a Senior Academic Officer in the Peace and Governance Programme. Daniel Warner is Deputy to the Director for External Relations and Special Programs at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva.