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Whose Sovereignty? Empire Versus International Law [Full Text]
Where there is an imperial project afoot (on the part of the United States) to develop a version of global (cosmopolitan) right to justify its self-interested interventions, it is dangerous to abandon the default position of sovereignty and the principle of nonintervention in international law.
Interim Imposition [Full Text]
Can a disastrous policy of illegally invading and occupying a distant country without a legitimate casus belli nevertheless have some good as its unintended consequence? Yes, but one should not generally count on it.
Occupation as Liberation: International Humanitarian Law and Regime Change [Abstract]
The law of military occupation, a doctrine developed at a time when war itself was not illegal, became something of an embarrassment after the UN Charter established a broad prohibition on the use of force.
Toward Establishing a Universal Basic Health Norm [Abstract]
"In this article, I argue that under current resource constraints, institutional arrangements seeking to ensure commonly accepted egalitarian goals would engender the decrease of health status of many who do not currently enjoy particularly high levels of health."
Report from South Africa
Reflections on Journalism in the Transition to Democracy [Full Text]
In South Africa, journalists by and large emerged from many years of fighting against state, corporate, and political pressures under apartheid in the 1990s with a fierce commitment to independence.
The Politics of Conceptualizing Islam and the West [Full Text]
Are critiques of the "West" peculiar to the Muslim world? Are they a reflection of a simple discontent with the international order or a conservative rejection of Western-originated, universal modernity? How should Western intellectuals and leaders respond to the Muslim critiques?
Empire Versus Multitude: Place Your Bets [Abstract]
Julian Bourg reviews Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire, by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri; Negri on Negri, by Antonio Negri and Anne Dufourmantelle; Time for Revolution, by Antonio Negri; Debating Empire, edited by Gopal Balakrishnan; and Empire’s New Clothes: Reading Hardt and Negri, edited by Paul Passavant.
Desolation and Enlightenment: Political Knowledge After Total War, Totalitarianism, and the Holocaust, by Ira Katznelson [Excerpt]
How is it possible to champion liberalism and democracy in such a poisonous atmosphere? This was the challenge that faced a select group of intellectuals in the aftermath of World War II.
Shattered Voices: Language, Violence, and the Work of Truth Commissions, by Teresa Godwin Phelps [Excerpt]
In an era when truth commissions are at the fulcrum of "transitional justice," soliciting the testimony of victims and commanding that of perpetrators in forums other than criminal trials may achieve a dimension of justice lost in traditional juridical proceedings.
In the Shadow of "Just Wars": Violence, Politics and Humanitarian Action, Fabrice Weissman, ed. [Full Text]
These analyses consider not only the practical, technical response to crises but also the moral, ethical, and political dilemmas caused by these conflicts and the ways in which they challenge internationally held notions of peace and security.
The President of Good and Evil: The Ethics of George W. Bush, Peter Singer [Excerpt]
Such has been his administration's impact on U.S. domestic and international politics that the assembly line of criticism often resembles polemical pamphleteering rather than solid academic argument. Singer examines the Bush administration on its own terms.