World Affairs

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Should We Return to the Moon?

Much has been made of the US's intention to return to the moon. What did Apollo 11 mean then and what might another voyage mean now?
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Racism, Refugees, and the Ripple Effect

Nationalist rhetoric and policies are gaining traction, emboldening others to follow suit, and undermining our collective commitment to human rights.
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Discussing Scientific Consensus on Climate Change

Emphasizing consensus can motivate change, but overstating agreement undermines the public's ability to engage in policy debates. How should we proceed?
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Refusal to Repatriate: The Owning, Lending, and Stealing of Art

The ongoing debate over colonial repatriation requires that we confront our history of imperialism. On what grounds can one own another's cultural heritage?
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On Julia le Duc’s Photograph and the Choice Not to View...

What are the duties of news organizations and photographers? What are the rights of viewers? And what obligation do we have as humans to bear witness to tragedy and suffering?
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Collective Responsibility and the MMIWG Report

The recent report concerning Canada's Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has a lot to say about the legacy of colonialism.
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Press Freedom in Australia: Democracy, Transparency, and Trust

Recent government raids on news organizations in Australia prompt discussion of the boundaries of categories like the public interest and national security threats.
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Game of Thrones: Dragons, Despots, and Just War

The TV show addresses a host of philosophical issues from the principle of proportionality to jus post bellum and realpolitik.
Jacinda Ardern, leader of the NZ Labour party, was at the University of Auckland Quad on the first of September, 2017.

Jacinda Ardern, Christchurch, and Moral Leadership

In what ways did New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern display meaningful characteristics of moral leadership?
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Christchurch: White Supremacism, Politics and Moral Evil

How do we define moral evil? And how do the events that happened in Christchurch and afterwards inform this definition?