On rare occasions one comes across a book that functions excellently as a textbook and that also has the conceptual clarity and sophistication to enlighten even the most senior of researchers and professors. Mark R. Amstutz has written such a book. Journal Of Peace Research Amstutz successfully demonstrates that the study of international ethics requires not just knowledge of moral theory but also the wisdom to apply principles to thorny practical and political decisions. Millennium:Journal Of International Studies Amstutz's insistence on the central place of morality is a welcome and well-reasoned addition to the liberal-realist debate in interantional theory... Amstutz animates his treatise with more than a dozen short representative case studies ranging from U.S. intervention in Haiti to Thucydides's History of the Peloponnesian War. Supplementary examples are useful and illustrative, especially the intricate weave of morality and ethics issues from nuclear weapons and the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) to the problems of human rights abuses and economic sanctions. Highly recommended. CHOICE Amstutz uses argument and case studies to show that moral values are an essential element of international relations and that international ethics are foundational to global politics. Reference and Research Book News Praise for earlier editions: Provides a well-written overview of key debates that effectively employs a number of post-Cold War case studies to generate a series of 'moral reflections' on international ethical dilemmas... International Affairs Praise for earlier editions: Provides a well-written overview of key debates that effectively employs a number of post-Cold War case studies to generate a series of 'moral reflections' on international ethical dilemmas. International AffairsVom Verlag:
A fourth edition of this book is now available. Now in a comprehensively revised and updated edition, this text cogently demonstrates that moral values and ethical reasoning are indispensable in global politics. Mark R. Amstutz explores two distinct dimensions of international political morality: the role of moral norms in foreign affairs and the ethical foundation of the rules and structures of global society. The author considers important conceptual and philosophical challenges posed by the plurality of values in the international community, but his primary goal is to describe and assess the nature, role, and impact of international political morality on international relations. Through the use of balanced arguments and a wide-ranging selection of case studies, Amstutz illustrates the place of moral norms in international relations. He presents the concepts, theories, methods, and traditions of ethical analysis and then applies them to case studies in the areas of political reconciliation, human rights, war, unconventional military operations, foreign intervention, economic sanctions, justice among states, and global justice. His clearly written study will be of special interest to students and practitioners of international affairs who are concerned with the role of political morality and ethical judgment in global affairs.
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