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This issue includes essays by Jim Sleeper on liberal education in illiberal societies and by Rahul Sagar on the ethics of surveillance and disclosure; features by Alex Bellamy on the Responsibility to Protect at ten, Eamon Aloyo on just war theory and the unnecessary category of last resort, and Graham Long on universality and the Millennium Development Goals; a review essay by Rowan Cruft on human rights law and moral rights; and book reviews by Jack Snyder, Michael Blake, and Dan Bodansky.
The Responsibility to Protect has become an established international norm associated with positive changes to the way that international society responds to genocide and mass atrocities. With only a few exceptions, states accept that they have committed to RtoP and agree on the principle’s core elements.
Despite an apparent “emerging consensus that the post-2015 agenda should be universal,” there is less agreement over what universality means, and how this demand should be reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals.
Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle Against Climate Change Failed—and What It Means for Our Future, by Dale Jamieson
Jamieson is interested in the real rather than the ideal world. The result is a book that is uncommonly accessible to nonspecialists, and will resonate even among those working in the trenches of climate policy.
Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy by Francis Fukuyama
Where did strong, adaptable, accountable states come from, and why do some countries have them and others do not? Fukuyama discusses three main paths to statehood, of which only one is sustainable in the long run.
In this, the final contribution to our online symposium, Ratner responds to critics of his book.
I maintain contra Ratner that peace should not be characterized as a component (or, in his language, a pillar) of justice. This dispute over the relationship between peace and justice matters, I contend, even if it rarely leads to different prescriptions.
In his book, Steven Ratner impressively integrates the concerns and perspectives of international lawyers with a philosophically compelling normative analysis, demonstrating by example the importance of such an integrated assessment.