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Ethics and International Affairs: A Reader
Ethics and International Affairs: A Reader
Edited by Joel H. Rosenthal
Georgetown University Press, 1995, 303 pp

This reader contains selected essays from the journal Ethics and International Affairs, which for the last eight years has published some of the best writing on moral questions in global politics. Beginning with Robert Myers on Hans Morganthau's legacy, one is reminded of how much the ethical landscape has changed in the short time since the journal's founding. While the Cold War was still on, the East-West power struggle made realism a sensible framework for American foreign policy, and moral debates inevitably returned to the question of nuclear weapons. Given the way the conflict ended, no one on the left can any longer claim moral equivalence between East and West. But the right as well has had to question the imperatives of realism now that there are none of the overarching power-political imperatives that simplified earlier moral choices. The book's second and third parts deal with the newly changed agenda: culture and its implications for nationalism and human rights, democracy, and new possibilities for collective security and the defense of human rights.