- "The Rights Revolution" (to delve into his views on human rights culture as it pertains to Canada),
- a three part look at: "If Torture Works..." (to sort out in my own mind the claims that he supports torture)
- "The American Empire", The Burden" (a look at his infamous NYT article supporting the march to war
- And "The Year Of Living Dangerously", the transcript of an Australian Broadcasting Corporation Background Briefing episode "Michael Ignatieff: The Lesser Evil" and "Getting Iraq Wrong" (the evolution of his retreat from the Iraq War)
This book, based on MI's Massey Lectures of the same name is a good platform to see what his reputation is based on. While there were not any ground breaking thoughts for anyone who has followed the development of Canadian society for the past 40 years, it is an excellent compendium of these events. It makes a good companion to "Reflections of a Siamese Twin" by John Ralston Saul. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in modern Canadian society.
As Posner and others have tartly pointed out, if torture and coercion are both as useless as critics pretend, why are they used so much? While some abuse and outright torture can be attributed to individual sadism, poor supervision and so on, it must be the case that other acts of torture occur because interrogators believe, in good faith, that torture is the only way to extract information in a timely fashion.