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This issue includes an essay by Shefa Siegel on “Liberia, Ebola, and the ‘Cult of Bankable Projects’”; a symposium on imagining a “Drone Accountability Regime,” featuring a lead article by Allen Buchanan and Robert O. Keohane, and with responses from Neta C. Crawford, Janina Dill, and David Whetham; features by Richard Beardsworth on moral and political responsibility in world politics and John Williams on space, drones, and just war; and book reviews.
How does the proposed drone accountability regime relate to existing international treaty and customary law governing the use of force, including the use of lethal drones? The ethical implications of the regime would largely depend on its relationship with existing law.
Using a drone as a component of a military operation does not automatically make that action a “targeted killing.” Much of the public concern about drones is actually an objection to this type of attack, not drones themselves.
Accountability for Killing: Moral Responsibility for Collateral Damage in America’s Post-9/11 Wars by Neta C. Crawford
For Crawford, we ought not to regard instances in which civilians are mistakenly targeted or instances in which more civilians are killed collaterally than had been anticipated as mere tragic accidents.
REVIEW BY ANDREAS OSIANDER
Mitzen contends that when states publicly commit to joint action in pursuit of a common goal, this fact will exert an influence on their behavior that is not captured by the conventional focus on their self-interest or self-perception.
Ethics & International Affairs, the journal of the Carnegie Council, seeks a part-time summer intern.
The Responsibility to Accompany: A Framework for Multilateral Support of Grassroots Nonviolent Resistance
If grassroots nonviolent movements are to flourish, more strategic, calibrated forms of external assistance will prove critical.
The climate problem is usually misdiagnosed as a traditional tragedy of the commons, but this obscures two deeper and distinctively ethical challenges. We must call for a global constitutional convention focused on future generations.