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Taking the Habermasian Road: A Response to John S. Dryzek (Online Exclusive)

| May 2012
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While Dryzek’s new focus could indicate the advent of “normal science” in conceptualizing transnational public spheres, it leads to inconsistencies within his theoretical framework.

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The Ethics of America’s Afghan War

| June 2011
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To address the concerns of those whose futures are at stake, moral inquiry into America’s Afghan war must consider specific and detailed alternatives, not just “Stay or go.” I will argue that the United States has had a moral duty, at least since the end of 2010, actively to pursue negotiations with the Taliban and […]

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Liberal Loyalty: Freedom, Obligation, and the State by Anna Stilz

| June 2011
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In this highly engaging book, Anna Stilz seeks to offer a liberal solution to
the problem of political obligations. As she points out, a liberal who argues
that citizens have special obligations to their state and compatriots faces two
challenges: the “cosmopolitan challenge” casts doubt on the possibility
of reconciling liberal universal values with special concern for one’s compatriots;
the “particularity objection” deems it impossible to construct a liberal
argument that will show why citizens have obligations to a particular state, rather
than to any state that promotes freedom and equality.

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Global Democratization: Soup, Society, or System?

| June 2011
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John Dryzek identifis and compares three emerging ways of thinking about democracy in global politics—as a soup, a society, and a system.

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Minding the Gap: Global Finance and Human Rights

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Although there now exists a large and growing body of literature and initiatives on finance and human rights separately, the integration of the two fields has so far been shallow and narrowly focused around a few key areas that are most easily comprehensible to those without specialist financial knowledge. Large swaths of the financial system […]

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Online Exclusive: Choosing What to Do in Afghanistan: A Reply by Richard W. Miller [Full Text]

| June 2011
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In responding to some especially important doubts and disagreements in the rich comments on my essay on America’s Afghan war, my refrain will be, “Take account of the specific features of the particular choice in question.” So it will help, at the outset, to distinguish my central claims about choices in Afghanistan from others that […]

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