RSSIssue 24.4

Briefly Noted

| December 2010
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Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, Timothy Snyder (New York: Basic Books, 2010), 544 pp., $29.95 cloth. “When meaning is drawn from killing,” observes Timothy Snyder, “the risk is that more killing would bring more meaning.” Although Nazism and Stalinism are ostensibly separated by an ideological gulf, this brute fact binds the human nightmares unleashed […]

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<i>Women and States: Norms and Hierarchies in International Society</i> by Ann E. Towns

Women and States: Norms and Hierarchies in International Society by Ann E. Towns

| December 2010
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This new work by Ann Towns is an intelligent and timely addition to interdisciplinary scholarship that is interested in the relationships between the status of women, state behavior, and approaches to global governance.

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<i>Genocide: A Normative Account</i> by Larry May

Genocide: A Normative Account by Larry May

| December 2010
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Larry May’s “Genocide: A Normative Account” is not a study of genocide per se, but rather an attempt to draw attention to the conceptual and practical difficulties and “puzzles” of conceptualizing and prosecuting genocide under international law.

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<i>The Birthright Lottery: Citizenship and Global Inequality</i> by Ayelet Shachar

The Birthright Lottery: Citizenship and Global Inequality by Ayelet Shachar

| December 2010
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“The Birthright Lottery” puts forward an account of birthright citizenship as analogous to inherited property, and proposes a birthright privilege levy on citizenship inheritance that citizens of affluent countries should contribute to alleviate global inequalities of wealth and opportunity.

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Implementing the Responsibility to Protect: Where Expectations Meet Reality [Full Text]

| December 2010
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Scholars of RtoP need a much deeper understanding of both how norms evolve and the competing normative commitments that drive those who remain skeptical of endowing the international community with a responsibility to protect.

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Common Health Policy Interests and the Shaping of Global Pharmaceutical Policies

| December 2010
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The division of interests in key health policy areas are not necessarily between rich and poor countries, but between pharmaceutical industry interests and health policy interests on the one hand, and national industrial and trade policy interests and public health policies on the other.

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The Politics of Carbon Leakage and the Fairness of Border Measures

| December 2010
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It is possible to design fair border measures that address carbon leakage, are consistent with the leadership responsibilities of developed countries, do not penalize developing countries, and ensure that consumers take some responsibility for the emissions outsourced to developing countries.

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The Responsibility to Protect: Growing Pains or Early Promise?

| December 2010
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The ability of RtoP to deliver has been mixed, but it is a bit early in RtoP’s young life to judge what it will be when it grows up as a mature policy tool. There is reason to question, as well, whether Somalia and Darfur are the best tests of RtoP’s potential.

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