RSSSpecial Section: Postwar Justice and the Responsibility to Rebuild

The Norms and Politics of Exit: Ending Postconflict Transitional Administrations

| June 2009
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This paper examines the impact of the liberal-democratic norms governing statebuilding operations on the timing and process of exit of post-conflict international transitional administrations.

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Just and Unjust Postwar Reconstruction: How Much External Interference Can Be Justified

| June 2009
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This article discusses various approaches to “shared responsibility” in recent international reconstruction efforts in war-torn societies and speculates about how best to ensure a timely transition toward full domestic ownership of governance.

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Moral Responsibilities and the Conflicting Demands of Jus Post Bellum [Abstract]

| June 2009
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The inclusion of jus post bellum in just war theory may be justified. But, according to Evans, it becomes problematic when confronted with tenets of “just occupation,” namely that sovereignty or self-determination should be restored to the occupied people as soon as is reasonably possible.

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The Imperative to Rebuild: Assessing the Normative Case for Postconflict Reconstruction

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In view of the recent growth of peacebuilding and reconstruction missions, and the serious challenges and crises that have plagued them, the authors construct a map for understanding and evaluating the different ethical imperatives advanced by those who attempt to rebuild war-torn societies.

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Introduction [Full Text]

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This collection of articles focuses on the ethical assumptions that underpin views of postwar reconstruction, in particular on the question of whether (and under what circumstances) outsiders can legitimately take over the reins of government.

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