Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Ethics Articles

Ethics and War

Integrity and Ethical Leadership
General Anthony M. Taguba, US Army retired, author of an internal U.S. Army report on abuse of detainees held at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, talks with Kirk O. Hanson, executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University
Kirk Hanson
Dilemma of Iraq
Former White House Chief of Staff and member of the Iraq Study Group Leon Panetta discusses how to stabilize Iraq and stop polarization at home.
Suruchi Bhutani
Time for a Unifying National Debate on the 'War on Terror'
A look at the ethical implications of rhetoric about combatting terrorism.
David DeCosse
Ethics of U.S. Withdrawal From Iraq
An exploration of the potential consequences of withdrawal for the U.S. military, for Iraqis, and for world stability.
Peter Minowitz
Responsibility and the 'War on Terror'
How, ethically, did the United States get to where we are now in the conflict with Islamic terrorists? And where, ethically, do we go from here?
David DeCosse
Bomb is ticking; do you OK torture?
Who is responsible for prisoner abuse in Iraq? Is there ever a time when torture is acceptable?
Rob Elder
Shopping for Non-violence
Non-violence is often considered impractical, but using selections from Mahatma Gandhi's "Love Versus War and Dictators," Ms. Bignell presents non-violence as the more desirable path to follow.
Katie Bignell
Who are the insurgents?
If the Iraqis are the insurgents, how come we're the ones shooting up their country and trying to get them to adopt our kind of government?
Rob Elder
Totaling Up; It Was an Unjust War
Application of just war principles to the war in Iraq.
David DeCosse
Freedom, Part II, Is The Hardest
Rebuilding Iraq should be a priority.
Rob Elder
Lost in the 'Logic of War'
War to remove Saddam Hussein from power without the approval of the United Nations is deemed an unjustified, disproportionate, and reckless response to Saddam's violations of justice.
David DeCosse
Russian Hostage Rescue Shows the Danger of 'non-lethal' Weapons
Ethical issues in the deployment of supposedly non-lethal weapons.
Margaret R. McLean and S.L. Bachman
Where are the questions about war and ethics?
An analysis of the decision to go to war with Iraq.
Rob Elder
Can You Hear Me Now? Marketing a War With Iraq
Should war be sold like toothpaste?
Miriam Schulman
Who will blow the whistle if surveillance oversteps?
How does an open society deal with the probability of future terrorist attacks without compromising the privacy and civil liberties of its own citizens?
Rob Elder
Racial Profiling in an Age of Terrorism
Chief Deputy Attorney General of California Peter Siggins discusses the ethical and legal aspects of profiling in the context of national security concerns.
Peter Siggins
Ethics and Technology in the Wake of September 11th
Co-chair of the President's Council of Advisors in Science and Technology discusses issues raised by the terrorist attacks.
E. Floyd Kvamme
Killing in the Name of God: The Problem of Holy War
A look at war in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions.
David Perry
Privacy vs. Security
The Center's Framework for Ethical Decision making is applied to privacy vs. security concerns in the wake of the terrorist attacks.
Bharath Krishnamurthy
Just War Theory Calls for Restraint: Stop the Starvation, Win the War
An application of just war principles to the war in Iraq.
Rob Elder
Difficult Decisions: Ethical Issues for the American Media in Times of National Crisis
How media managers should exercise freedom of the press in war time.
Rob Elder
Free Speech and Decorum: Some Thoughts on How We Talk About Terrorism
Is free speech the only principle to consider in covering the terrorist attacks?
Miriam Schulman
Ethical Issues in Counterterrorism Warfare
Applying just war theory to the war against terrorism.
Martin Cook
We Must Stand Up for the Innocent while Demanding Justice
A reflection on the internment of the Japanese in World War II and its implications for the treatment of other foreign nationals in war time.
James Purcell
Osama bin Laden and the Duty to Forgive
Christian ethics requires that we learn to love our enemies through spiritual practices.
William Spohn
Repugnant Philosophy: Ethics, Espionage, and Covert Action
Substantive ethical analysis of intelligence operations
David Perry