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    When liberal peoples turn into outlaw states: John Rawls’ Law of Peoples and liberal nuclearism
    Journal of International Political Theory 11 (2): 257-273. 2015.
    John Rawls’ account in Law of Peoples of a realist utopia composed of a society of liberal and decent peoples is a stark contrast to his description of “outlaw states,” which seek to undermine the legal and moral frameworks that constitute a pacific global order. Rawls argues that outlaw states cannot conceive of political accommodation with their external enemies; instead, they opt for the rule of force, terror, and brutality. Rawls even urges that liberal peoples are justified in maintaining a…Read more
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    Liberal democracy and nuclear despotism: two ethical foreign policy dilemmas
    Ethics and Global Politics 6 (3): 155-174. 2013.
    This article advances a critical analysis of John Rawls’s justification of liberal democratic nuclear deterrence in the post-Cold War era as found in The Law of Peoples. Rawls’s justification overlooked how nuclear-armed liberal democracies are ensnared in two intransigent ethical dilemmas: one in which the mandate to secure liberal constitutionalism requires both the preservation and violation of important constitutional provisions in domestic affairs, and the other in which this same mandate r…Read more
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    Reviving Nuclear Ethics: A Renewed Research Agenda for the Twenty-First Century
    Ethics and International Affairs 24 (3): 287-308. 2010.
    Since the end of the Cold War, international ethicists have focused largely on issues outside the traditional scope of security studies. The nuclear ethics literature needs to be revived and reoriented to address the new and evolving 21st century nuclear threats and policy responses