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Borders in the Time of COVID-19

Borders in the Time of COVID-19

| March 2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of the significance of borders. While much attention has been paid to debates surrounding Donald Trump’s campaign promise to build an “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful southern border wall,” the current crisis reveals that governments seeking to restrict mobility rely only partly (and increasingly rarely) on brick and mortar.

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A Luxury Carbon Tax to Address Climate Change and Inequality: Not All Carbon Is Created Equal

A Luxury Carbon Tax to Address Climate Change and Inequality: Not All Carbon Is Created Equal

| March 2020
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Just as there is income inequality, there is also inequality in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. A luxury carbon tax is worth considering. It can help to reduce emissions, stimulate low-carbon innovation, raise revenues, and address concerns about environmental justice and broader inequalities.

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The Coronavirus and Trust in the Process of International Cooperation: A System Under Pressure

The Coronavirus and Trust in the Process of International Cooperation: A System Under Pressure

| February 2020
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On January 30, 2020, the WHO Director-General declared the coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) under the International Health Regulations. How do we assess the response of the WHO and major states?

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Book Symposium: A Discussion on Clifford Bob’s <em>Rights as Weapons</em>

Book Symposium: A Discussion on Clifford Bob’s Rights as Weapons

| November 2019
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The editors of Ethics & International Affairs are pleased to present an online exclusive book symposium featuring responses to Rights as Weapons: Instruments of Conflict, Tools of Power, a provocative new book by Clifford Bob. NEW: Now featuring a rejoinder from Clifford Bob.

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<em>Rights as Weapons</em>: A Rejoinder

Rights as Weapons: A Rejoinder

| November 2019
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It is an honor for Ethics & International Affairs to have chosen my book, Rights as Weapons: Instruments of Conflict, Tools of Power, for an online symposium. I am grateful to the six respondents for their insightful and challenging reactions.

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Rethinking the Politics of Rights

Rethinking the Politics of Rights

| November 2019
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Many international human rights advocates have long assumed that rights are natural, universal, indivisible, and absolute–or, as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights puts it, recognition of the “equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”

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Law, Morality, and Culture in <em>Rights as Weapons</em>

Law, Morality, and Culture in Rights as Weapons

| November 2019
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I distinctly remember meeting Clifford Bob three years ago at an International Studies Association conference, and learning about the fascinating ways in which Catalan nationalists employed animal rights to advance their causes. I am happy to see the broader project published in his excellent new book, Rights as Weapons.

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Ends and Means: A Response to <em>Rights as Weapons</em>

Ends and Means: A Response to Rights as Weapons

| November 2019
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In Clifford Bob’s latest book, Rights as Weapons, he argues that rights are not political ends in themselves but are rather an effective means by which to win political conflicts. To make this argument, Bob sets aside the moral and ethical aspects of rights and instead focuses on their political components, providing a “systematic account” for the mechanism of political usages of rights.

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