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Fall 2014 (Issue 28.3)

| September 3, 2014

This issue features an essay by Mark Osiel on identifying the perpetrators of atrocity crimes; a centennial roundtable on climate change featuring Stephen M. Gardiner, Scott Russell Sanders, Paul Wapner, Clive Hamilton, Clare Palmer, Daniel Mittler, and Thomas E. Lovejoy; a feature article by Christian Enemark on “Drones, Risk, and Perpetual Force”; a review essay by Sir Richard Jolly on global governance; and book reviews.

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THE EIA BLOG

The Ethics of Intervention

An overly literal application of just war concepts might eliminate many of the proposed and recently undertaken U.S. interventions; on the other hand, using them as the foundation for debate could help policy-makers overwhelmed in the face of calls to action.

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Why Fossil Fuel Divestment Is Working

| October 14, 2014

Fossil fuel divestment has its limitations and will only be successful in conjunction with broader action. Nonetheless, the movement is already having significant positive impacts and is continuing to grow and learn.

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Why Climate Change Divestment Will Not Work

| September 22, 2014

Instead of devoting scarce resources toward a divestment campaign, we need to direct attention to the more urgent and effective task of placing a price on carbon.

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BOOK REVIEWS

The Confidence Trap: A History of Democracy in Crisis from World War I to the Present by David Runciman

| September 4, 2014

This book provides a clear and plausible articulation of democracy’s central dilemma, paired with a far less definite treatment of its implications for the conduct of public affairs, either in the past or today.

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The Vulnerable in International Society by Ian Clark

| September 4, 2014

As Clark shows, order is much more than balancing, deterrence, diplomacy, peace, and war. How international society manages global problems should be of major concern to all of us.

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Just Freedom: A Moral Compass for a Complex World by Philip Pettit

| September 4, 2014

An innovative and resonate work, this book explores new ground in Pettit’s ongoing attempt to articulate the importance of republicanism in the modern age.

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ROUNDTABLE: THE FACTS, FICTIONS, AND FUTURE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

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Ethical Enhancement in an Age of Climate Change

| September 4, 2014

The world is dashing toward greater and more devastating climate intensification. Nonetheless, opportunities for moral action abound.

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A Call for a Global Constitutional Convention Focused on Future Generations

| September 4, 2014

The climate problem is usually misdiagnosed as a traditional
tragedy of the commons, but this obscures two deeper and distinctively ethical challenges. We must call for a global constitutional convention focused on future generations.

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Moral Collapse in a Warming World

| September 4, 2014

When it comes to climate change, moral corruption prevails not because the situation is inherently murky, but because confusion has been deliberately sown.

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Three Questions on Climate Change

| September 4, 2014

Climate change will have highly significant and largely negative effects on human societies into the foreseeable future, effects that are already generating ethical and policy dilemmas of unprecedented scope, scale, and complexity.

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The Changing Ethics of Climate Change

| September 4, 2014

Traditional framings of climate change action being about future generations or simply another dimension of the North-South divide in global geopolitics are not irrelevant today, but they
are no longer sufficient.

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A “Natural” Proposal for Addressing Climate Change

| September 4, 2014

One of the fundamental challenges of climate change is that we contribute to it increment by increment, and experience it increment by increment after a considerable time lag.

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ESSAYS

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Who Are Atrocity’s “Real” Perpetrators, Who Its “True” Victims and Beneficiaries?

| September 4, 2014

Modern law’s response to mass atrocities vacillates equivocally in how it understands the dramatis personae to these expansive tragedies, at once extraordinary and ubiquitous.

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Why Human Rights Are Called Human Rights

| June 12, 2014

No one can engage in commerce when deprived of liberty or autonomy. No one can create or imagine or love when consumed by fear. We need human rights to permit ourselves the possibility of being human.

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Drones and the Question of “The Human”

| June 12, 2014

In our headlong embrace of drone technology, we are forgetting to ask two basic questions: What is a drone? And what does it mean that the once obvious boundary separating human and machine intelligence is being diminished?

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