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A faith in humanity

Jonathan Power's optimistic new book is a powerful statement of ways to improve the world

By William Pfaff   August 2007

Conundrums of Humanity: The Quest for Global Justice by Jonathan Power (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, €130)

When Jonathan Power told a friend that the book he was writing was meant to solve 11 of the most formidable contemporary threats to peace and human rights, the friend replied that Power must be bidding for the Nobel peace prize. Now we have the book.

It is not likely to take Power to Stockholm because it doesn’t solve the 11 problems. What it does do is provide well-informed and professional analyses of the issues with which Power has been concerned throughout a 30-year career…

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