Ethical Issues in Foreign Policy


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Professors John Norton Moore and David Little

University of Virginia School of Law

January 2012

This class, co-taught by Professors John Norton Moore and David Little, will explore ethical issues in foreign policy. The first session will provide an overview addressing the issue “What Does It Mean to Think Ethically in Foreign Affairs.” The next four sessions will explore the ethical implications of four specific foreign affairs decisions and issues. These will include (1) President Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, (2) decisions to “stress” detainees for intelligence in the war on terror by the United States and Israel, (3) the decision to intervene militarily in Iraq in March 2003, and (4) decisions regarding the response of the international community to the crisis in Rwanda in 1994.

Ethical Issues in Foreign Policy meets January 16-20, from 1:30-4:00 PM, at the University of Virginia School of Law.