Bioethics in the Second Cold War

The field that came to be known as bioethics in the late 1960’s is an integral part of the liberal international order intentionally developed in the aftermath of the catastrophe of World War II. Following the Russian war in Ukraine there is every reason to believe that the set of norms and institutions that preserved peace in Europe through the first Cold War will be revised according to new assumptions that will structure international relations in a second Cold War. In the second Cold War new alliances will be formed and Russian isolation may resemble that of the period after the Bolshevik Revolution. Bioethics will need to adapt to the conditions of the new Cold War, as it was shaped by the conditions of the last.