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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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<i>Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World</i> by Leif Wenar

Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World by Leif Wenar

| March 10, 2017
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Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World, Leif Wenar (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015), 552 pp., $34.95 cloth. In 1865, upon witnessing firsthand the destitution of the urban poor of Moscow, Leo Tolstoy felt compelled to write What Then Must We Do? He was concerned that the condition of the poor […]

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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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