William Durch, Joris Larik, and Richard Ponzio (editors), Just Security in an Undergoverned World (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Just Security in an Undergoverned World examines how humankind can manage global problems to achieve both security and justice in an age of antithesis. Global connectivity is increasing, visibly and invisibly-in trade, finance, culture, and information-helping to spur economic growth, technological advance, and greater understanding and freedom, but global disconnects are growing as well. Ubiquitous electronics rely on high-value minerals scraped from the earth by miners kept poor by corruption and war. People abandon burning states for the often indifferent welcome of wealthier lands whose people, in turn, draw into themselves. Humanity’s very success, underwritten in large part by lighting up gigatons of long-buried carbon for 200 years, now threatens humanity’s future.

The global governance institutions established after World War Two to manage global threats, especially the twin scourges of war and poverty, have expanded in reach and impact, while paradoxically losing the political support of their wealthiest and most powerful members. Their problems mimic those of their members in struggling to adapt to new problems and maintain trust in institutions. This volume argues, however, that a properly mandated, managed, and modernized global architecture offers unparalleled potential from midwife solutions to vexing issues that transcend borders and capacities of individual actors, and from conflict and climate change to poverty and pandemic disease. The volume offers ‘just security’ as a new framework for evaluating innovative solutions and strategies for institutional reform.

About the Editors
William Durch, Distinguished Fellow, Stimson Center, USA; Joris Larik, Assistant Professor at Leiden University and Senior Researcher at The Hague Institute for Global Justice; Richard Ponzio, Director, Just Security 2020 Programme, Stimson Center, USA

Dr. William Durch is a distinguished fellow at the Stimson Center and was research director for the Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance. He co-directed Stimson’s program on UN peace operations, focused on restoring post-conflict rule of law, and was project director for the UN Secretary-General’s Panel on UN Peace Operations (the Brahimi Report). His publications include Twenty-First Century Peace Operations (edited, USIP, 2006).

Dr. Joris Larik is Assistant Professor at Leiden University and Senior Researcher at The Hague Institute for Global Justice. He is the author of Foreign Policy Objectives in European Constitutional Law (Oxford University Press, 2016) and co-author of ASEAN’s External Agreements: Law, Practice and the Quest for Collective Action (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and has published in various peer-reviewed law and international relations journals. His work has been acknowledged with several awards, including NATO’s Manfred Worner Essay Award (2008) and the Mauro Cappelletti Prize for the Best Thesis in Comparative Law (2014) from the European University Institute (EUI).

Dr. Richard Ponzio directs the Just Security 2020 Program at the Stimson Center. Previously, he led the Global Governance Program at The Hague Institute for Global Justice and was Project Director for the Albright-Gambari Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance. Major publications include Democratic Peacebuilding: Aiding Afghanistan and other Fragile States (OUP, 2011) and Human Development and Global Institutions: Evolution, Impact, Reform (co-authored with Arunabha Ghosh, Routledge, 2016).