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Reconstructing Globalization in an Illiberal Era

Reconstructing Globalization in an Illiberal Era

| September 2018
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George F. DeMartino examines recent books from Dani Rodrick and Joseph Stiglitz, both of whom press the case for a reconstructed globalization that generates benefits for all and not just for corporate and financial elites, but offer diverging prescriptions for how to achieve it.

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The Irony of Just War

| June 2018
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This review essay examines a series of benchmark books on the ethics of war published over the past year. All three grapple with the hard facts of modern violent conflict, and they all skillfully bring diverse traditions of just war thinking into conversation with one another.

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Toward a Global Water Ethic: Learning from Indigenous Communities

| June 2018
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This review essay draws on three important new contributions to the water governance literature to suggest that insights from indigenous communities’ more holistic and long-term relationship with water could help advance the adoption of a new global water ethic.

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How Should We Combat Corruption? Lessons from Theory and Practice

| March 2018
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In this review essay, Gillian Brock surveys four recent books on corruption, all of which offer important insights.

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Poverty Alleviation, Global Justice, and the Real World

Poverty Alleviation, Global Justice, and the Real World

| September 2017
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For nearly half a century, political theorists have wrestled with the problem of global social justice, producing ever more elaborate and analytically-sophisticated models, but without engaging significantly with, or materially influencing, real-world politics. In this review essay, Chris Brown considers one of the latest contributions to this literature.

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The Ethics of Insurgency

The Ethics of Insurgency

| September 2017
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In this review essay, James Turner Johnson considers two recent books on the ethics of insurgency warfare. He draws on the deep history of moral and legal thought on the subject to forcefully defend many of the standards laid out in the classical just war tradition and enshrined in international law.

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Shifting International Security Norms

Shifting International Security Norms

| June 2017
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In this review essay, Denise Garcia draws on two recent books to argue that new technology can reinforce security norms just as easily as it can undermine them. Additionally, she shows that contestation is a natural part of the process by which norms are reformed or replaced, and that this leads to ethical progress over the long term.

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Immigration Ethics and the Context of Justice

Immigration Ethics and the Context of Justice

| March 2017
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This review essay by Linda Bosniak engages David Miller’s recent book Strangers in our Midst. Specifically, Bosniak highlights the tensions inherent in Miller’s contextualist political theory of immigration.

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