RSSIssue 23.3

Briefly Noted

| September 2009
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This section contains a round-up of recent notable books in the field of international affairs.

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<i>National Responsibility and Global Justice</i> by David Miller

National Responsibility and Global Justice by David Miller

| September 2009
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Miller builds on his seminal work on national identity and special duties to co-nationals to carve out a position on such issues as global poverty and immigration that is distinct from both the recent stream of cosmopolitan theories and a narrow “citizens-only” account of obligations.

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<i>The Rise of the Global Imaginary: Political Ideologies from the French Revolution to the Global War on Terror</i> by Manfred B. Steger

The Rise of the Global Imaginary: Political Ideologies from the French Revolution to the Global War on Terror by Manfred B. Steger

| September 2009
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Faced with the political, economic, and social challenges of a globalized planet, are we bereft of any coherent political guideposts or do we still possess realistic and robust idea-systems? Steger, a prolific scholar of globalization, adopts a cautiously optimistic version of the second position.

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<i>What’s Wrong with the United Nations and How to Fix It</i> by Thomas G. Weiss

What’s Wrong with the United Nations and How to Fix It by Thomas G. Weiss

| September 2009
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Drawing on his own UN experience and studying it from outside, Weiss clears away a lot of the debris of superficial critiques to uncover the deeper explanations for why the more world problems become interconnected and global in scope the less the UN seems able to cope with them.

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<i>On Torture</i> Edited by Thomas C. Hilde

On Torture Edited by Thomas C. Hilde

| September 2009
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This edited collection is an excellent addition to the literature on the torture policy of the Bush administration during its war on terror. The contributors explore the history and practice of torture beyond the U.S. and what these non-American examples say about the U.S role in this area.

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The Right to Relocation: Disappearing Island Nations and Common Ownership of the Earth

| September 2009
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Risse is concerned with humanity’s common ownership of the earth, which has implications for a range of global problems. In particular, it helps illuminate the moral claims to international aid of small island nations whose existence is threatened by global climate change–such as Kiribati.

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Justice and the Convention on Biological Diversity

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By legislating for a system of justice-in-exchange covering nonhuman biological resources in preference to a free-for-all situation, the Convention on Biological Diversity provides a small step forward in redressing the distributive justice balance.

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Treaty Norms and Climate Change Mitigation

| September 2009
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UNFCCC norms tightly constrain the range of acceptable agreements for the distribution of burdens to mitigate climate change, restricting us to two viable guiding principles: the equitable distribution of responsibilities and the right to development. Both principles place much heavier mitigation burdens on industrialized countries.

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