Ethics & International Affairs Journal
Ethics & International Affairs Journal

"Ethics & International Affairs" Winter 2014 Issue

Dec 16, 2014

Ethics & International Affairs is pleased to announce the publication of its winter 2014 issue.

This issue includes an essay by Jacinta O'Hagan and Miwa Hirono on "cultures of humanitarianism" in East Asia; articles by Christopher Kutz on torture, American security policy, and norm death, and Ruben Reike on an international crimes approach to preventing mass atrocities; a book symposium on Mathias Risse's On Global Justice, featuring contributions from Richard Arneson, Helena de Bres, Anna Stilz, and Risse; and a review essay by Nancy Birdsall on Thomas Piketty's Capital.

To listen to a short podcast with Associate Editor Zach Dorfman discussing the winter issue, click here.

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Fragmentation of the International Humanitarian Order? Understanding "Cultures of Humanitarianism" in East Asia Jacinta O’Hagan and Miwa Hirono What are the implications of the emerging diversity in humanitarianism? By examining such traditions in East Asia, we can better understand variations in the idea across cultures.

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How Norms Die: Torture and Assassination in American Security Policy Christopher Kutz Because of their sensitivity to public mobilization around normative questions, democracies do better than authoritarian regimes in internalizing certain kinds of constraints. But that very sensitivity makes the long-term survival of these norms precarious.

The Responsibility to Prevent: An International Crimes Approach to the Prevention of Mass Atrocities Ruben Reike Insights from criminology suggest that an international crimes approach to the prevention of mass atrocities upends many of the usual assumptions on the preventive dimension of RtoP.

BOOK SYMPOSIUM: ON GLOBAL JUSTICE [Free for a Limited Time!] Against Relationalism in Global Justice Theory Richard Arneson Much recent global justice theory consists of arguing for the idea that we owe more to fellow countrymen than to mere foreigners. Risse's book is the most sophisticated elaboration and defense of these convictions concerning national partiality.

Mathias Risse on Justice in Trade Helena de Bres Risse tries to stake out a middle ground between those who fail to recognize the full normative significance of contemporary international relationships and those who ground highly demanding moral requirements in social structures that cannot bear the weight.

On Collective Ownership of the Earth Anna Stilz Once positive laws and conventions regulating property evolve, in what sense is the world still owned by humanity? If I own my house and my backyard does humanity own it too? Precisely what incidents of ownership might humanity retain?

Response to Arneson, de Bres, and Stilz Mathias Risse The author discusses his attempt at constructing a multilayered theory of global justice, where many considerations must be brought into reflective equilibrium.


Thomas Piketty’s Capital and the Developing World Nancy Birdsall What is the future of the global capitalist system? In returning economics to politics, Capital reminds us that the road to global distributive justice requires finding strengthening legitimate and democratic global governance.

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