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What is Government Ethics?

Hana Callaghan, director of Government Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University, discusses policy, process, and politics. She reviews issues such as conflicts of interest, transparency, and the duties of loyalty and care required of public servants. Published on May 25, 2017.

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Bugs and Nukes, Ethics and Leadership by Dr. Conrad Crane

Though the Korean War was a limited conflict, there were many operational and technological temptations to expand it. America's allies feared the United States would again resort to atomic bombs as they did against Japan, and Communist enemies propagated elaborate accusations about the employment of biological warfare. Political and military leaders certainly considered using such weapons, though the reasons they never did are varied and complex. Dr. Conrad Crane will describe the practical and ethical reasoning behind strategic leaders' decisions, particularly emphasizing the pressures they faced in a limited war with the potential to be much worse. He will also discuss the research process to investigate such decision-making and the special difficulties involved in dealing with classified sources about weapons of mass destruction. The lecture is a detective story with twists and turns and more than a little luck involved. Published July 25, 2014.

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