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Discuss in detail the role and significance of morality in international politics.

Topic : ethical issues in international relations

6. Discuss in detail the role and significance of morality in international politics. (250 words)


Why the question:

The question is based on the theme of morality in international politics.

Key Demand of the question:

The question is straightforward and is about discussing the role of morality in international politics and its significance.


Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:


International ethics is an area of international relations theory which concerns the extent and scope of ethical obligations between states in an era of globalization


Start by explaining what is International Morality? –  International Morality consists of moral principles which are endorsed by a number of nations. The rules of customary International Law reflect International Morality. One of the major sources and sanctions of International Law has been International Morality. International Morality acts as a factor or limitation of international relations. It acts as a limitation on National Power. But at the same time it can enable a nation to project and justify its policies as policies based on moral principles. As such, it is essential for us to examine the nature of International Morality in international relations. Give examples from the current global politics that showcase the importance and significance of Morality in the international politics.


Conclude by suggesting the importance and need of it in the era of global politics.