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Barnett, Michael N. 1960-

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Works: 64 works in 317 publications in 1 language and 16,571 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
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Most widely held works by Michael N Barnett
Eyewitness to a genocide : the United Nations and Rwanda by Michael N Barnett( )

28 editions published between 1900 and 2016 in English and held by 2,814 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michael Barnett, who worked at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations from 1993 to 1994, covered Rwanda for much of the genocide. Based on his first-hand experiences, archival work, and interviews with many key participants, he reconstructs the history of the UN's involvement in Rwanda. In the weeks leading up to the genocide, the author documents, the UN was increasingly aware or had good reason to suspect that Rwanda was a site of crimes against humanity. Yet it failed to act. Barnett argues that its indifference was driven not by incompetence or cynicism but rather by reasoned choices cradled by moral considerations. Employing a novel approach to ethics in practice and in relationship to international organizations, Barnett offers an unsettling possibility: the UN culture recast the ethical commitments of well-intentioned individuals, arresting any duty to aid at the outset of the genocide. Barnett argues that the UN bears some moral responsibility for the genocide. Particularly disturbing is his observation that not only did the UN violate its moral responsibilities, but also that many in New York believed that they were "doing the right thing" as they did so. Barnett addresses the ways in which the Rwandan genocide raises a warning about this age of humanitarianism and concludes by asking whether it is possible to build moral institutions
Confronting the costs of war : military power, state, and society in Egypt and Israel by Michael N Barnett( )

23 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in English and held by 2,211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What determines the strategies by which a state mobilizes resources for war? And does war preparation strengthen or weaken the state in relation to society? In addressing these questions, Michael Barnett develops a novel theoretical framework that traces the connection between war preparation and changes in state-society relations, and applies that framework to Egypt from 1952 to 1977 and Israel from 1948 through 1977. Confronting the Costs of War addresses major issues in international relations, comparative politics, and Middle Eastern studies
Israel in comparative perspective : challenging the conventional wisdom( )

11 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 1,897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Because Israel is unique in many dimensions, many social scientists consider it a historical peculiarity. Neither East nor West, developed nor undeveloped, capitalist nor socialist, Third World nor First World, Israel has little in common with other countries and their historical experiences. This book of original essays challenges the image of Israeli uniqueness and the status of the Israeli case and at the same time corrects some common misperceptions about the comparative method in general and case selection in particular. At the same time, it compares Israeli and Arab experiences and addresses critical issues in Middle Eastern studies. To challenge the image of Israeli uniqueness, the authors situate Israel's history in comparative context; employ macro-historical concepts both to reexamine the Israeli case and to build bridges between Israel and other historical experiences; and use the Israeli case to reconsider existing social science theories. Israel in Comparative Perspective demonstrates how our understanding of the region can be enriched by using models and theories developed in other regions to reexamine Israeli history
Rules for the world : international organizations in global politics by Michael N Barnett( )

17 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,789 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An innovative perspective on the behavior of international organizations and their effects on global politics. The authors argue against the conventional wisdom that these bodies are little more than instruments of state
Empire of humanity : a history of humanitarianism by Michael N Barnett( )

23 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Empire of Humanity' explores humanitarianism's remarkable growth from its humble origins in the 19th century to its current prominence in global life
Sacred aid : faith and humanitarianism by Michael N Barnett( )

17 editions published in 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collectively, the chapters in this volume comprise an original and authoritative account of how religion has reshaped the global humanitarian movement in recent times
Humanitarianism in question : politics, power, ethics( )

12 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume addresses the humanitarian identity crisis, including humanitarianism's relationship to accountability, great powers, privatization and corporate philanthropy, warlords, and the ethical evaluations that inform life-and-death decision making during and after emergencies
Power in global governance by Michael N Barnett( Book )

25 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This edited volume examines power in its different dimensions in global governance. Scholars tend to underestimate the importance of power in international relations because of a failure to see its multiple forms. To expand the conceptual aperture, this book presents and employs a taxonomy that alerts scholars to the different kinds of power that are present in world politics. A team of international scholars demonstrates how these different forms connect and intersect in global governance in a range of different issue areas. Bringing together a variety of theoretical perspectives, this volume invites scholars to reconsider their conceptualization of power in world politics and how such a move can enliven and enrich their understanding of global governance."--Jacket
The star and the stripes : a history of the foreign policies of American Jews by Michael N Barnett( )

8 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How do American Jews envision their role in the world? Are they tribal--a people whose obligations extend solely to their own? Or are they prophetic--a light unto nations, working to repair the world? The Star and the Stripes is an original, provocative interpretation of the effects of these worldviews on the foreign policy beliefs of American Jews since the nineteenth century. Michael Barnett argues that it all begins with the political identity of American Jews. As Jews, they are committed to their people's survival. As Americans, they identify with, and believe their survival depends on, the American principles of liberalism, religious freedom, and pluralism. This identity and search for inclusion form a political theology of prophetic Judaism that emphasizes the historic mission of Jews to help create a world of peace and justice. The political theology of prophetic Judaism accounts for two enduring features of the foreign policy beliefs of American Jews. They exhibit a cosmopolitan sensibility, advocating on behalf of human rights, humanitarianism, and international law and organizations. They also are suspicious of nationalism--including their own. Contrary to the conventional wisdom that American Jews are natural-born Jewish nationalists, Barnett charts a long history of ambivalence; this ambivalence connects their early rejection of Zionism with the current debate regarding their attachment to Israel. And, Barnett contends, this growing ambivalence also explains the rising popularity of humanitarian and social justice movements among American Jews. Rooted in the understanding of how history shapes a political community's sense of the world, The Star and the Stripes is a bold reading of the past, present, and possible future foreign policies of American Jews"--
Security communities( Book )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in English and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The contributors to this study argue that community can exist at the international level within the field of security. They suggest that security politics is profoundly shaped by a need to forge community links both contemporaneously and historically
Dialogues in Arab politics : negotiations in regional order by Michael N Barnett( Book )

14 editions published in 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Notranja politika arabskega sveta temelji na večdesetletnih sporih, prepirih in dialogih med arabskimi državami o definiciji, ciljih in normah arabizma. V medsebojnih družbenih in strateških vplivih ter soodvisnosti, tudi z vidika arabske identitete, vidi avtor igro arabske politike, ki obvladuje mednarodne odnose in se zaveda, da družbeni položaj arabskih držav izhaja iz porazdelitve moči. Osredotočenost na družbeno medsebojno delovanje in vplivanje arabskih držav, kot izvor sprememb, omogoča lažje razumevanje načina in vzrokov nenehnih političnih preobratov v arabski zgodovini
Identity and foreign policy in the Middle East( Book )

8 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this text, the authors explore how the formation and transformation of national and state identities affect the foreign policy behaviour of Middle Eastern states
Humanitarianism contested : where angels fear to tread by Michael N Barnett( Book )

17 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book provides a succinct understanding of humanitarianism and on-going dilemmas and tensions that have accompanied it since its origins in the early 19th century until the 21st century
The international humanitarian order by Michael N Barnett( Book )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book provides a critical exploration of the politics and practice of global ethical interventions. Organized in four parts Michael Barnett examines the tensions in the relationship between global governance, ethics, and international order
Paternalism beyond borders by Michael N Barnett( Book )

12 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nearly all of those who want to make the world a better place are engaged in paternalism. This book asks how power is intertwined with practices of global compassion. It argues that the concept of paternalism illuminates how care and control are involved in the everyday practices of humanitarianism, human rights, development and other projects designed to improve the lives of others. The authors explore whether and how the paternalism of the nineteenth century differs from the paternalism of today, and offer a provocative look at the power in global ethics, raising the question of whether, when, and how paternalism can be justified
Eyewitness to a genocide : the United Nations and Rwanda ; with a new afterword by Michael N Barnett( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why was the UN a bystander during the Rwandan genocide? Do its sins of omission leave it morally responsible for the hundreds of thousands of dead? Michael Barnett, who worked at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations from 1993 to 1994, covered Rwanda for much of the genocide. Based on his first-hand experiences, archival work, and interviews with many key participants, he reconstructs the history of the UN's involvement in Rwanda. In the weeks leading up to the genocide, the author documents, the UN was increasingly aware or had good reason to suspect that Rwanda was a site of crimes against humanity. Yet it failed to act. In Eyewitness to a Genocide, Barnett argues that its indifference was driven not by incompetence or cynicism but rather by reasoned choices cradled by moral considerations. Employing a novel approach to ethics in practice and in relationship to international organizations, Barnett offers an unsettling possibility: the UN culture recast the ethical commitments of well-intentioned individuals, arresting any duty to aid at the outset of the genocide. Barnett argues that the UN bears some moral responsibility for the genocide. Particularly disturbing is his observation that not only did the UN violate its moral responsibilities, but also that many in New York believed that they were "doing the right thing" as they did so. Barnett addresses the ways in which the Rwandan genocide raises a warning about this age of humanitarianism and concludes by asking whether it is possible to build moral institutions. --
Governing the global good? : humanitarianism and international ethics by Michael N Barnett( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

War preparation and the restructuring of state-society relations : Israel and Egypt in comparative perspective by Michael N Barnett( Book )

3 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Security Communities( )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Argues that international community can exist, and examines the possibilities for peaceful relations between states
 
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Israel in comparative perspective : challenging the conventional wisdom
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Confronting the costs of war : military power, state, and society in Egypt and IsraelIsrael in comparative perspective : challenging the conventional wisdomRules for the world : international organizations in global politicsEmpire of humanity : a history of humanitarianismHumanitarianism in question : politics, power, ethicsPower in global governanceSecurity communitiesDialogues in Arab politics : negotiations in regional order
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