RSSIssue 25.3

On the Political Dimension of Human Rights: A Reply to Barry and Southwood

| May 2012
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While Barry and Southwood persuasively argue that the structural pluralist account avoids a number of problems associated with the personhood account on the one hand and the practice-dependent account on the other, it confronts a problem of its own.

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Introduction

| August 2011
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The NATO-led intervention in Libya, Operation Unified Protector, is noteworthy for two central reasons. First, it is the first instance in over a decade of what Andrew Cottey calls “classical humanitarian intervention”—that is, humanitarian intervention that lacks the consent of the government of the target state, has a significant military and forcible element, and is […]

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Smart Sanctions Revisited

| August 2011
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There are considerable difficulties with targeted sanctions. Some of these difficulties may be resolved as these measures continue to be refined. Others are rooted in fundamental conflicts between competing interests or intractable logistical challenges.

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FALL 2011

FALL 2011

| August 2011
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This issue features a special roundtable on Libya and humanitarian intervention with contributions from Alex Bellamy, Simon Chesterman, James Pattison, Thomas Weiss, and Jennifer Welsh; feature articles by Ian Hurd on the ambiguous legality of humanitarian intervention, Joy Gordon on smart sanctions, and Daniel Brunstetter and Megan Braun on drones and just war; a response to Richard Miller’s “The Ethics of America’s Afghan War” by David Rodin; a review essay by Christian Barry and Nicholas Southwood on the nature of human rights; and book reviews.

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Is Humanitarian Intervention Legal?

| August 2011
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The legality of humanitarian intervention is essentially indeterminate. No amount of debate over the law or recent cases will resolve its status; it is both legal and illegal at the same time.

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What Is Special About Human Rights?

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On Human Rights, James Griffin (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), 296 pp., $50 cloth, $29.95 paper. The Idea of Human Rights, Charles Beitz (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), 256 pp., $29.95 cloth. Human rights occupy a privileged position within contemporary politics. They are widely taken to constitute perhaps the most fundamental standards for evaluating the conduct […]

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Ending War

| August 2011
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In “The Ethics of America’s Afghan War,” Richard W. Miller argues that reflecting on whether and how to end the war in Afghanistan exposes serious deficiencies in just war theory. I agree, though for different reasons than those canvassed by Professor Miller.

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<i>Why Nations Fight</i> by Richard Ned Lebow

Why Nations Fight by Richard Ned Lebow

| August 2011
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Why Nations Fight, Richard Ned Lebow (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 318 pp., $99 cloth, $29.99 paper. According to former U.S. defense secretary Robert S. McNamara, approximately 160 million people died violent political deaths in the course of the twentieth century (p. 5). Striking though the figure is, during the cold war the Strategic Air […]

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