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McCain Virtual Conference 2021, Day 7 - Dr. Ed Barrett, Dr. George Lucas, Dr. Jens David Ohlin - Ethics, Cyber Operations and Election Manipulation
The seventh panel of the 2021 McCain Conference explored the ethics of two specific and often related activities in the grey zone: cyber operations and election manipulation.  Dr...
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McCain Conference, Day 6: Dr. Ed Barrett, Dr. Tami Meisels, Dr. Michael Gross - Ethics in the Grey Zone - Hostage Taking and Media Warfare
Day five, we explored broad frameworks for ethically assessing responses in the grey zone.  Today we apply those frameworks to two specific grey zone activities--hostage taking and media...
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McCain Virtual Conference 2021, Day 5 - Dr. Ed Barrett, Dr. Helen Frowe - The Ethics of Grey Zone Operations
 On its fifth day, the McCain Conference focus shifted from spying to grey zone operations.  Like spying, limited lethal and sublethal interstate competition occurring...
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McCain Virtual Conference 2021, Day 4 - Dr. Ed Barrett, Sir David Omand, Mr. Mitt Regan - The Ethics of Human Intelligence Collection
On the final day of exploring the ethics of spying, the 2021 McCain Conference focused on ethical permissions and prohibitions that apply to human intelligence collection (HUMINT) and to...

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Trueman, Stimson, and Marshall sign the surrender of Japan

The Least Abhorrent Choice?

03-21-2021 by Shaun Baker

When gaging the morality of the use of atomic weapons to end the Asia Pacific War, one of the things we are obliged to consider is the likely consequences of other options available at the time.
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Hiroshima Dome

Were the A-Bombs the Last Resort?

03-01-2021 by David Luban

The debate has never subsided about whether it was morally justified to drop the bombs. This essay examines why it is such a hard question morally and legally then examines whether they were even militarily necessary.
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Atomic mushroom clouds over Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - Justified?

02-14-2021 by Dr. Ed Barrett

2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the most ethically controversial decisions in the history of warfare when the United States dropped atomic bombs. The Japanese regime surrendered unconditionally, thus ending the Second World War. An undeniably good consequence.
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