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<i>On War and Democracy</i> by Christopher Kutz

On War and Democracy by Christopher Kutz

| December 14, 2016
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There is a fundamental ethical dilemma confronting all democratic states: if they intervene in violence-ridden contexts, then they are readily accused of double standards. On War and Democracy avoids this ethical and political dilemma by beating what could be called a double retreat.

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<i>Taking Sides in Peacekeeping: Impartiality and the Future of the United Nations</i> by Emily Paddon Rhoads

Taking Sides in Peacekeeping: Impartiality and the Future of the United Nations by Emily Paddon Rhoads

| December 14, 2016
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The norm of impartiality is pivotal to the United Nations’ activities in the areas of conflict resolution, mediation, peacekeeping, humanitarian action, and adjudication. In recent years, however, the organization’s principled adherence to impartiality has come under scrutiny.






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<i>The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World</i> by Oliver Morton

The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World by Oliver Morton

| December 14, 2016
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In this book, Morton’s central question is whether solar geoengineering ought to be part of society’s climate policy portfolio. The author educates, illuminates, and helps the reader connect the dots, but he does not take sides. Instead, he elevates the debate to a new level that acknowledges the enormous trade-offs involved.






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<i>Migration in Political Theory: The Ethics of Movement and Membership</i>, Sarah Fine and Lea Ypi, eds.

Migration in Political Theory: The Ethics of Movement and Membership, Sarah Fine and Lea Ypi, eds.

| December 14, 2016
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This collection of twelve essays by some of the most distinguished political theorists, philosophers, and legal scholars working on the normative issues surrounding borders and migration addresses a wide range of theoretical and practical topics.






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<i>The Hillary Doctrine: Sex & American Foreign Policy</i> by Valerie M. Hudson and Patricia Leidl

The Hillary Doctrine: Sex & American Foreign Policy by Valerie M. Hudson and Patricia Leidl

| December 14, 2016
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Given that much of the political science literature on women, gender, and U.S. foreign policy has primarily examined the legislative branch and public opinion, The Hillary Doctrine’s focus on the executive branch is an important and welcome contribution to the international relations field.






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<i>Realpolitik: A History</i> by John Bew

Realpolitik: A History by John Bew

| September 15, 2016
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Realpolitik is back—or if not back, at least enjoying a day in the sun more fully than it has for several decades. Chastened by the “return” of history in the new millennium, politicians, policymakers, and commentators now routinely acknowledge the value of a little more realpolitik in foreign affairs.






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<i>Can Microfinance Work? How to Improve Its Ethical Balance and Effectiveness</i> by Lesley Sherratt

Can Microfinance Work? How to Improve Its Ethical Balance and Effectiveness by Lesley Sherratt

| September 15, 2016
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By 2009 the reckless greed of subprime mortgage lenders in the United States had become clear. Housing prices had collapsed by 30 percent or more, and families, unable to keep up with their ballooning mortgage payments, were being forced from their homes.






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Equal Recognition: The Moral Foundations of Minority Rights

Equal Recognition: The Moral Foundations of Minority Rights

| June 10, 2016
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Alan Patten’s Equal Recognition is the most significant systematic attempt at deriving a theory of minority rights from the basic tenets of liberalism since Will Kymlicka’s Multicultural Citizenship was published over twenty years ago.






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