Ethics and Statecraft The Moral Dimension of International Affairs

ISBN-10: 0275983056

ISBN-13: 9780275983055

Edition: 2nd 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Cathal J. Nolan

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This revised edition of Ethics and Statecraft has been reorganized to better situate chapters that play to one another thematically, on peacemaking, the ethics and statecraft of war, and the statecraft of major international reform, and two new chapters, on Theodore Roosevelt and the Vietnam War, respectively, have been added to this classic work. The contributions remain centrally concerned with moral reasoning about important decisions taken by key statesmen in times of war, peace, and transformation, arguing that national leaders--including "realists"--have always concerned themselves with normative constraints on power, both their own and that of others. This book posits that the problems of ethics in international relations are always conditioned by uncertainty, actors' inexact knowledge of real-world conditions, and morally ambiguous outcomes. Contrary to the course assumptions of much "IR theory," individual leaders remain the major conduit by which ethical concerns are deployed or ignored in the foreign policy of states. To ignore moral norms, which already govern international relations, is to ignore a key dimension of the subject; such an oversight will necessarily lead to a shallow analysis and a basic misunderstanding of how and why states behave as they do.
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List price: $33.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 6/30/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Series Foreword
Foreword: Biography, Ethics, and Statecraft
Preface to the Second Edition
The Setting
The Situational Ethics of Statecraft
"Bodyguard of Lies": Franklin D. Roosevelt and Defensible Deceit in World War II
Political Leadership and "Dirty Hands": Winston Churchill and the City Bombing of Germany
No End of a Lesson: Vietnam and the Nature of Moral Choice in Foreign Policy
Power and Principle: The Statecraft of Theodore Roosevelt
The Higher Realism of Woodrow Wilson
The World Outlook of Dag Hammarskjold
Realism and Idealism in Historical Perspective: Otto von Bismarck
Konrad Adenauer, Arms, and the Redemption of Germany
Eduard Shevardnadze and the End of the Soviet System: Necessity and Choice
Select Bibliography
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