This issue features Tim Hayward on human rights versus emission rights; Richard Vernon on duties towards compatriots; Andrew F. March on Tariq Ramadan; Thomas Diez on Turkey and the EU; Scott Snyder on religious NGOs in North Korea; Brian Orend on the Just War tradition; and reviews on books of interest.
Reading Tariq Ramadan: Political Liberalism, Islam, and "Overlapping Consensus" [Full Text]
"Much of the disagreement and controversy over Ramadan's significance arguably stems not from a disagreement over what he is on record as having asserted or done but from unexamined or unarticulated assumptions about liberal principles and what they demand of Muslims."
Expanding Europe: The Ethics of EU-Turkey Relations [Full Text]
The possible future EU membership of Turkey has become one of the most hotly debated topics both in the EU and within Turkey itself. Underlying this debate are competing principles of international ethics.
American Religious NGOs in North Korea: A Paradoxical Relationship [Full Text]
Despite North Korea's antipathy to outside religious influence, it is primarily American NGOs with financial backing from religious organizations that have maintained development and exchange programs with the regime.
Human Rights Versus Emissions Rights: Climate Justice and the Equitable Distribution of Ecological Space [Abstract]
Arguing that issues of both emissions and subsistence should be comprehended within a single framework of justice, the proposal here is that this broader framework be developed by reference to the idea of "ecological space."
States of Risk: Should Cosmopolitans Favor Their Compatriots? [Abstract]
This article claims that it is not mutual benefit but mutual risk that grounds compatriot preference. Exposure to risks such as state abuse provide us with a reason to take our compatriots' interests seriously. The same argument, however, displays the limits of this reasoning, and also grounds a demanding obligation to aid other societies.
The Rules of War [Full Text]
These three books show how the enduring principles of just war theory can be applied insightfully and fruitfully to even the latest kinds of conflict, weaponry, and tactics; and they show how just war theory raises significant issues of the background political context, out of which all wars develop.
"Does Foreign Aid Really Work?" (Roger C. Riddell) & "Foreign Aid: Diplomacy, Development, Domestic Politics" (Carol Lancaster) [Full Text]
These two recent works by Roger C. Riddell and Carol Lancaster display a sober understanding of aid challenges, present a balanced view of the context within which aid operations take place, and provide valuable insights about the workings of aid organizations.
"Promoting the Rule of Law Abroad: In Search of Knowledge" [Full Text]
This book is an attempt to collect some of the little known about Rule-of-law (ROL) reform, and it does this creditably. Although the book's contributors are rather pessimistic about the theory and practice of ROL reform, they do point to ways to improve its prospects.
"All Politics Is Global: Explaining International Regulatory Regimes" [Full Text]
At a time when many international relations scholars are qualifying their premature predictions of the withering of the state, Daniel Drezner's new book makes a compelling case for the continued centrality of the state in the process of globalization.
"The Globalizers: The IMF, the World Bank, and Their Borrowers" [Full Text]
Woods is an insightful and thoughtful authority on the Bretton Woods institutions. In this book she examines their activities and focuses on their engagements with Mexico, Russia, and the sub-Saharan African nations.