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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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<i>Preventive Force: Drones, Targeted Killing, and the Transformation of Contemporary Warfare</i>, Kerstin Fisk and Jennifer M. Ramos, eds.

Preventive Force: Drones, Targeted Killing, and the Transformation of Contemporary Warfare, Kerstin Fisk and Jennifer M. Ramos, eds.

| June 9, 2017
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This collection of eleven original articles presents a wide variety of perspectives on what the moral and legal framework for preventive use of force by drones should look like. The most important chapter, however, thoughtfully questions the entire premise of using preventive force to combat terrorism.

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<i>Rethinking the New World Order</i> by Georg Sørensen

Rethinking the New World Order by Georg Sørensen

| June 9, 2017
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This book provides an elegant account of the nature and inherent tensions in global order. By engaging with ongoing theoretical debates between liberal optimists and skeptical realists, the author seeks to bridge many divides in the field of international relations.

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<i>Targeted Killing: A Legal and Political History</i> by Markus Gunneflo

Targeted Killing: A Legal and Political History by Markus Gunneflo

| March 10, 2017
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Targeted Killing: A Legal and Political History, Markus Gunneflo (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), 290 pp., $110 cloth. Targeted killing is one of the most controversial topics in contemporary legal, ethical, and political discussion, and the literature on it has grown enormously over the past decade. Markus Gunneflo’s Targeted Killing: A Legal and Political History is […]

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<i>The Global Transformation: History, Modernity and the Making of International Relations</i> by Barry Buzan and George Lawson

The Global Transformation: History, Modernity and the Making of International Relations by Barry Buzan and George Lawson

| March 10, 2017
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The Global Transformation: History, Modernity and the Making of International Relations, Barry Buzan and George Lawson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), 421 pp., $29.99 paper, $98 cloth. This important and impressive book argues that international relations as we know it today was born in the nineteenth century. Buzan and Lawson argue that both the substance […]

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