Making Drones Accountable, Ebola, Liberia, and Development Aid, and Much More: Read All about it in “Ethics & International Affairs” Spring Issue

(PRWEB) March 12, 2015

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is pleased to announce the publication of the winter issue of its journal, “Ethics and International Affairs.”

It 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 by John Williams on space, drones, and just war; and book reviews. The entire issue is free online for a limited time. To access it, go to


Ebola, Liberia, and the “Cult of Bankable Projects”

Shefa Siegel

Instead of addressing core issues of state failure, development aid continues pushing narrowly focused agendas that have little meaning in places where institutions and infrastructure are broken.


Toward a Drone Accountability Regime

Allen Buchanan and Robert O. Keohane

The key principle of a Drone Accountability Regime should be transparency, and its central agent should be an Ombudsperson with broad authority to investigate situations and publicize her findings.

Accountability for Targeted Drone Strikes Against Terrorists?

Neta C. Crawford

The problem of terrorism can and probably ought to be approached from both war and law enforcement paradigms, not merely the former one, as Buchanan and Keohane argue.

The Informal Regulation of Drones and the Formal Legal Regulation of War

Janina Dill

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.

Targeted Killing: Accountability and Oversight via a Drone Accountability Regime

David Whetham

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.

Toward a Drone Accountability Regime: A Rejoinder

Allen Buchanan and Robert O. Keohane

Buchanan and Keohane appreciate the fact that their proposal initiated a lively discussion of the characteristics of a Drone Accountability Regime, and of the international political and legal context within which its provisions should be framed.


From Moral to Political Responsibility in a Globalized Age

Richard Beardsworth

In a world beset by empirical global problems and global collective inaction, we need less to speak of the moral responsibility of political agents than to develop a new language of political responsibility that has purchase on practical politics.

Distant Intimacy: Space, Drones, and Just War

John Williams

Critical engagement with the concept of space, rooted in political geography, augments established ethical critiques of drone strikes. As drone use grows, it is crucial that ethical assessment adapts to the distinctive spatial relationship between drone operators and their targets.


Power in Concert: The Nineteenth-Century Origins of Global Governance by Jennifer Mitzen

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.

The Endtimes of Human Rights by Stephen Hopgood

Review by Clifford Bob

Is the Human Rights “project” coming to an end? Hopgood believes it has sold its moral clarity for an alliance with interventionist liberal states.

Accountability for Killing: Moral Responsibility for Collateral Damage in America’s Post-9/11 War by Neta C. Crawford

Review by Saba Bazargan

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.


Short reviews by the journal editors of Socializing States: Promoting Human Rights Through International Law by Ryan Goodman and Derek Jinks and Maxwell’s Demon and the Golden Apple: Global Discord in the New Millennium by Randall Schweller.

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