RSSIssue 23.2

The Imperative to Rebuild: Assessing the Normative Case for Postconflict Reconstruction

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In view of the recent growth of peacebuilding and reconstruction missions, and the serious challenges and crises that have plagued them, the authors construct a map for understanding and evaluating the different ethical imperatives advanced by those who attempt to rebuild war-torn societies.

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Introduction [Full Text]

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This collection of articles focuses on the ethical assumptions that underpin views of postwar reconstruction, in particular on the question of whether (and under what circumstances) outsiders can legitimately take over the reins of government.

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The Global War on Terror: A Narrative in Need of a Rewrite

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This essay focuses on how the global war on terror was constructed and how it has set down deep institutional roots both in government and popular culture. The war on terror represents an “extraordinarily powerful narrative,” which must be rewritten in order to change policy dynamics.

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Ethical Competence in International Relations [Full Text]

| June 2009
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In order to participate effectively in international relations, this essay argues that international actors of all kinds, including states, international organizations, corporations, and individuals, have to acquire the skills necessary to protect freedom and diversity in the modern world.

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