Welcome to our roundup of news and current events related to ethics and international affairs! Here’s some of what we’ve been reading this past month:
In his first interview on network news since his inauguration, President Biden said his administration will not lift sanctions on Iran to get it back to the negotiating table. Instead, he expects Iran to stop enriching uranium before the two countries can negotiate U.S. reentry into a 2015 nuclear agreement, which former President Trump left in 2018. This conflicts with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s same day announcement that the U.S. must lift sanctions before Iran meets its commitments under the 2015 agreement.
Read more about the ethics of economic sanctions and their use as foreign policy tools in Ethics & International Affairs:
As Myanmar experiences massive pro-democracy protests against the military’s February 1 coup d’état, the plight of the 1 million Rohingya refugees living in neighboring Bangladesh only continues. Following this power grab by the same military which brutally drove them from their native Rakhine State in 2017, the prospect of return has been made all but unimaginable in the near future. Those few refugees who have been allowed to return have been put in camps and handed National Verification Cards identifying them as “stateless.”
Read more about Southeast Asian politics and the ethics of displacement in Ethics & International Affairs:
The last few weeks have seen Russia’s largest protests in recent memory and the detaining of over 11,000 protestors. After the poisoning and recent arrest of main Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, three weekends of nationwide, unsanctioned protests have made many wonder whether this is a watershed in Putin’s twenty-year rule. The ultimate political significance of this energy and enthusiasm has yet to be decided.
Read more about Russian politics and the ethics of civil disobedience in Ethics & International Affairs:
The Ethics of (Un)Civil Resistance (2019: Volume 33.3)
Backfire: The Dark Side of Nonviolent Resistance (2018: Volume 32.3)
Russia and the Liberal World Order (2018: Volume 32.1)
More shots of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine are finally arriving in the EU after a slow and confusing start to the bloc’s vaccination drive. The monumental difficulties of this global inoculation campaign both strain and expose the various systems of trade, infrastructure, and healthcare in place around the world. Tangible political controversy and consequences are coming from slow vaccination campaigns in Europe and the U.S., especially when compared to the relatively successful COVID-19 responses of Israel, Australia and New Zealand, and much of East Asia.
Read more about the ethics of global health and trade in Ethics & International Affairs:
Freedom and Justice in Trade Governance (2020: Volume 34.3)
COVID-19, the UN, and Dispersed Global Health Security (2020: Volume 34.3)
Global Health Governance in International Society by Jeremy Youde (2019: Volume 33.2)