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Ethics and Foreign Policy

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Edited by: Karen E. Smith , Margot Light

ISBN13: 9780521804158
ISBN: 0521804159
Published: September 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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The promotion of human rights, the punishment of crimes against humanity, the use of force with respect to humanitarian intervention: these are some of the complex issues facing governments in recent years. The contributors to this book offer a theoretical and empirical approach to these issues. Three leading normative theorists first explore what an 'ethical foreign policy' means. Four contributors then look at potential or actual instruments of ethical foreign policy-making: the export of democracy, non-governmental organisations, the International Criminal Court, and bottom-up public pressure on governments. Finally, three case studies examine more closely developments in the foreign policies of the US, the UK, and the European Union, to assess the difficulties raised by the incorporation of ethical considerations into foreign policy.

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Introduction Karen E. Smith and Margot Light:
I. Theories:
1. Ethics, interests and foreign policy Chris Brown
2. The ethics of humanitarian intervention: protecting civilians to make democratic citizenship possible Mervyn Frost
3. A pragmatic perspective on ethical foreign policy Molly Cochran
II. Instruments and Policies:
4. Exporting democracy Margot Light
5. Ethical foreign policies and human rights: dilemmas for non-governmental organisations Margo Picken
6. The international criminal court Spyros Economides
7. Constructing an ethical foreign policy: analysis and practice from below Karin Fierke
III. Case Studies:
8. The United States and the ethics of post-modern war Christopher Coker
9. Blair's Britain: a force for good in the world? Tim Dunne and Nicholas Wheeler
10. The EU, human rights and relations with third countries: 'foreign policy' with an ethical dimension? Karen E. Smith.