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Ethics does its work in international relations by granting and withdrawing legitimacy. Discuss. (150 words)

Topic: ethical issues in international relations

7. Ethics does its work in international relations by granting and withdrawing legitimacy. Discuss. (150 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of ‘Philosophical Mondays’ in Mission-2022 Secure.

Key Demand of the question: To write about the role of ethics in international relations

Directive word: 

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

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by writing about the overall role of ethics in international relations.

Body:

With examples, substantiate on the point as to how ethics grants and withdraws legitimacy to international acts and relations. Use examples to explain your points. Mention that not always the legitimacy and ethics are considered in international relations.

Conclusion:

Mention the importance of upholding ethics in international relations.