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"The Honor Code" by Kwame Anthony Appiah [Full Text] 12/15/11
Far from being obsolete, Kwame Appiah argues, honor is alive and well today--and that is a very good thing. Honor persists because it reflects timeless truths of moral and social psychology. It answers to our common need for recognition.

"Cosmopolitan Regard: Political Membership and Global Justice" by Richard Vernon [Full Text] 12/15/11
"Cosmopolitan Regard" is an impressive addition to the small but growing body of literature on global justice that tries to find a midpoint between cosmopolitanism and statism or nationalism.

"The Practice of Global Citizenship" by Luis Cabrera [Full Text] 12/15/11
In this book, Luis Cabrera examines the actions that ordinary citizens might take as a way of promoting and protecting human rights. Cabrera ties together an analysis that traverses the local, the national, the subregional, the regional, and the global.

"Global Justice and Due Process" by Larry May [Full Text] 12/15/11
In his latest book, Larry May argues that two rights--the right to habeas corpus and to non-refoulement--should be incorporated as norms of international law that bind states even if they reject them.

"Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference" by Jane Burbank and Fredrick Cooper [Full Text] 12/15/11
This impressive volume significantly contributes to our understanding of imperial politics and dynamics and of the way they continue to shape history. The authors provide a concise overview of a number of imperial formations, from classical Rome to the United States.

"Global Governance and the UN: An Unfinished Journey" by Thomas G. Weiss and Ramesh Thakur [Full Text] 12/15/11
This book identifies "gaps" in world order and the ways that the UN has evolved to manage those gaps, albeit in a somewhat ad hoc fashion; and it offers perhaps the most integrated and big-picture perspective of the United Nations in contemporary international relations literature.

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