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The Ethics of Insurgency

The Ethics of Insurgency

| September 8, 2017

In this review essay, James Turner Johnson considers two recent books on the ethics of insurgency warfare. He draws on the deep history of moral and legal thought on the subject to forcefully defend many of the standards laid out in the classical just war tradition and enshrined in international law.

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<i>Lawfare: Law as a Weapon of War</i> by Orde Kittrie

Lawfare: Law as a Weapon of War by Orde Kittrie

| September 8, 2017

Orde Kittrie’s impressive new book describes the various uses of law to accomplish military aims in international affairs. It offers a systematic, detailed, and visionary synthesis and should be required reading for any military strategist or scholar of armed conflict.

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<i>Disease Diplomacy: International Norms and Global Health Security</i> by Sara E. Davies, Adam Kamradt-Scott, and Simon Rushton

Disease Diplomacy: International Norms and Global Health Security by Sara E. Davies, Adam Kamradt-Scott, and Simon Rushton

| September 8, 2017

In Disease Diplomacy, the authors provide an empirically rich and theoretically sophisticated account of the reform of the International Health Regulations. The book also makes valuable contributions to academic debates on agenda-setting in global health and global health security.

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<i>When Norms Collide: Local Responses to Activism against Female Genital Mutilation and Early Marriage</i> by Karisa Cloward

When Norms Collide: Local Responses to Activism against Female Genital Mutilation and Early Marriage by Karisa Cloward

| September 8, 2017

In this book, Karissa Cloward employs a mixed-methods study to examine the ways that local communities react to transnational activism and international norm promotion. In doing so, the author provides a blueprint for achieving meaningful change in advancing human rights and reducing violence against women.

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<i>Power Shift: On the New Global Order</i> by Richard Falk

Power Shift: On the New Global Order by Richard Falk

| September 8, 2017

Richard Falk’s most recent book is full of interesting insights and displays an impressive degree of rhetorical power. Collectively, these essays demonstrate, rather convincingly, what a precarious world we live in.

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Briefly Noted

Briefly Noted

| September 8, 2017

A brief book review of Susan P. Murphy’s Responsibility in an Interconnected World: International Assistance, Duty, and Action.

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“Victory” In Mosul: Fighting Well and the Horrors of “Winning”

“Victory” In Mosul: Fighting Well and the Horrors of “Winning”

| August 2, 2017

Mosul illustrates how victory at all costs is no victory at all, and why contemporary just war thinkers need to re-conceptualize the idea of victory.

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The Costs of Solar Geoengineering

The Costs of Solar Geoengineering

| July 24, 2017

While Harvard’s research program could help us to better understand solar geoengineering, they should be careful not to oversell their program at the cost of broader climate action. Likewise, we should be careful not to think their program provides an excuse to avoid rapidly reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and carbon emissions.

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