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Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War

Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War

| March 10, 2022
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The concept of “forever war” has moved from the margins to the mainstream in recent years. In his important new book Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War, Samuel Moyn puts the law of armed conflict at the center of the forever war.

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The “Third” United Nations: How a Knowledge Ecology Helps the UN Think

The “Third” United Nations: How a Knowledge Ecology Helps the UN Think

| March 10, 2022
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The United Nations is unique in its capacity to convene global discourse, particularly conversations to address global problems that humanity must face together. If the United Nations is to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, pandemics, and climate change,” as Tatiana Carayannis and Thomas G. Weiss put it in The “Third” United Nations, those conversations must succeed at identifying viable global solutions, and solutions that reflect reasonable consideration of perspectives of people all over the earth.

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Delta Democracy: Pathways to Incremental Civic Revolution in Egypt and Beyond

Delta Democracy: Pathways to Incremental Civic Revolution in Egypt and Beyond

| March 10, 2022
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Delta Democracy makes important contributions to scholarly literature and to our understanding of international development and foreign policy concerning the complex role of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Egypt and elsewhere.

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A Magna Carta for Children? Rethinking Children’s Rights

A Magna Carta for Children? Rethinking Children’s Rights

| December 16, 2021
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Children’s rights present a unique challenge. On the one hand, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history, with every country having ratified it except the United States. On the other hand, more than thirty years after the CRC was adopted, children’s rights continue to make many adults, from policymakers to parents, uneasy.

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New Pandemics, Old Politics: Two Hundred Years of War on Disease and Its Alternatives

New Pandemics, Old Politics: Two Hundred Years of War on Disease and Its Alternatives

| December 16, 2021
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Written for a general audience, Alex de Waal’s New Pandemics, Old Politics explores why in the twenty-first century responses to infectious disease outbreaks and pandemics continue to be guided by an outdated script.

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Neither Settler nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities

Neither Settler nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities

| December 16, 2021
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The constitution of political community in the aftermath of colonialism was the foremost challenge for postcolonial leaders who had been shaped by anti-colonial struggles premised on the modern notion of political self-determination.

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War by Agreement: A Contractarian Ethics of War

War by Agreement: A Contractarian Ethics of War

| October 20, 2021
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Since the 1970s, when the Vietnam War sparked massive opposition across the United States, philosophers and other academics have written a great deal about the theory of war. At the same time, there has been a parallel flourishing of writing on contractarianism in philosophy and political theory. But there has been no systematic or sustained work that combines both areas of inquiry—a contractarian treatment of the laws of war—until now.

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On Obedience: Contrasting Philosophies for the Military, Citizenry, and Community

On Obedience: Contrasting Philosophies for the Military, Citizenry, and Community

| August 12, 2021
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Pauline Shanks Kaurin has written an important, engaging, and timely book on obedience. As her book’s subtitle suggests, it is a work of military ethics that is also concerned with civil matters.

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