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Is there a dividing line between national security and human rights?: the Obama Administration's standpoint given to the Guantanamo prisoners in reference to three different ethical views
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The Guantanamo issue refers to the classic question concerning the role of ethics in international relations. That is why the purpose of this research was to, by relating to the dilemma between national security and human rights, study the current Obama Administration's standpoint given to the Guantanamo prisoners in reference to three different ethical views.

These three ethical views are Joseph Nye's innovative perspective on morality within international relations, which constitute the theoretical frameworks of this research and they are sceptics, state moralists and cosmopolitans. With help of the descriptive and explanation approaches within ideology and argumentation method, I studied speeches of the representatives of the Obama Administration as well as executive orders and reports which focus on the Administration's statements and decisions given to the Guantanamo issue.

The analysis of the material in reference to the theorethical framework of this research, lead to a conclusion that the Obama Administration underlines the importance of both national security and human rights  given to the Guantanamo prisoners. Analysis of this research displays also that the Obama Administration has not change its line of argumentation since 2008 as well as the Administration's decisions are affected first and foremost by state moralist view point. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 44 p.
Keyword [en]
Guantanamo, Prisoners of War, National Security, Human Rights, The Obama Administration
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-18471OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-18471DiVA: diva2:604316
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Political Science
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2013-02-11 Created: 2013-02-09 Last updated: 2013-02-11Bibliographically approved

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