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Ethics and the Foundation of Global Justice

Ethics and the Foundation of Global Justice

| September 8, 2017
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Can the idea of justice be global in scope? In this essay, Amartya Sen challenges the dominant theories of justice in contemporary political philosophy, asserting that the pursuit of justice does not depend on the existence of a sovereign state.

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After Liberal Hegemony: The Advent of a Multiplex World Order

After Liberal Hegemony: The Advent of a Multiplex World Order

| September 8, 2017
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In this essay, Amitav Acharya argues that as the U.S.-dominated world order comes to an end, liberal values and institutions will not disappear, but will have to coexist and enmesh with the ideas and institutions of the rising powers. This “multiplex world” carries both risks and opportunities for managing international stability.

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A Better Process, a Stronger UN Secretary-General: How Historic Change Was Forged and What Comes Next

A Better Process, a Stronger UN Secretary-General: How Historic Change Was Forged and What Comes Next

| June 9, 2017
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In the past, UN secretaries-general were chosen on the basis of a haphazard and secretive process behind closed doors. Yet over the last two years, the UN forged dramatic change and created a more open, transparent, and inclusive selection process. This essay explores why and how reform finally happened, and what comes next.

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Securing Protection for De Facto Refugees: The Case of Central America’s Northern Triangle

| June 9, 2017
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The Northern Triangle of Central America is one of the most violent regions of the world. However, those fleeing the violence are unable to find adequate protection either within their own countries, in the broader region, or internationally. This essay calls for updating the definition of the term “refugee” under international law, as well as greater domestic recognition of the violence.

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Human Rights, Global Ethics, and the Ordinary Virtues

| March 10, 2017
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Drawing on research from site-visits to eight countries, this essay explores whether human rights has become a global ethic, and, if so, how the concept of human rights influences or structures private moral decision-making.

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Heeding the Clarion Call in the Americas: The Quest to End Statelessness

| March 10, 2017
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In 2014, the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees launched the #IBelong Campaign to eradicate statelessness by 2024. Given that UN Secretary-General António Guterres and others have identified the Americas as having the potential to be the first region to end statelessness, this essay evaluates the region’s progress towards that goal.

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Rethinking the Concept of a “Durable Solution”: Sahrawi Refugee Camps Four Decades On

Rethinking the Concept of a “Durable Solution”: Sahrawi Refugee Camps Four Decades On

| March 10, 2017
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The Sahrawi people have been housed in refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria since 1975. This essay uses the case of the Sahrawi to illustrate the problematic nature of refugee camps, which are intended to serve a transitional purpose but ultimately become de facto long-term solutions, depriving refugees of their political and social rights indefinitely.

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Ending Statelessness Through Belonging: A Transformative Agenda?

| December 14, 2016
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The subject of belonging conjures up a realm of emotions. This essay explores statelessness through the prism of belonging, asking whether the United Nations Refugee Agency’s reframing of statelessness as an issue of belonging can be successful in eradicating statelessness globally.

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