Moral Constraints on War

Moral Constraints on War : Principles and Cases

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Moral Constraints on War offers a principle-by-principle presentation of the transcultural roots of the ethics of war in an age defined by the increasingly international nature of military intervention. Parts one and two trace the evolution of Just War theory, analyzing the principles of jus ad bellum and jus in bello: the principles that determine under what conditions a war may be started and then conducted. Each chapter provides the historical background of the principle under discussion, an explanation of the principle, and numerous historical examples of its application. In Part three, case studies apply the theories discussed to the Gulf War, the 1994 Russian intervention in Chechnya, NATO's humanitarian mission in Kosovo, and the U.S. military's actions in Afghanistan in the wake of the World Trade Center attacks. Bringing together an international coterie of philosophers and political scientists this accessible and practical guide offers students of military ethics, international law, and social conflict rich, up-to-the-minute insight into the pluralistic character of Just War Theory.show more

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  • Hardback | 350 pages
  • 162 x 235 x 30mm | 640g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739104365
  • 9780739104361

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This well-integrated book is truly an impressive cross-cultural scholarly collaboration and international effort. It is a welcome addition to a large and growing literature and will prove to be an excellent value not only to interested scholars, but also in related undergraduate and graduate university courses in religion, philosophy, political science and international relations. -- Rex Martin, University of Kansas There is extensive literature that deals with threat perceptions in the United States, China, the European Union, and Russia. This book is unique in that it brings [to the debate] the application of transcultural ethical principles to the question of war. -- Dmitri Trenin, Carnegie Moscow Center The book is a very good demonstration of just-war theory's current relevance and importance. CHOICE This excellent book on war and ethics focuses in particular on just war theory, but it also examines in some detail realism, militarism and pacifism. Journal of Peace Research The book will be of special interest to anyone working in the field of military ethics, and it will also be valuable to others with an interest in moral issues in the context of war. Journal of Peace Research I am impressed by the scholarship, breadth, and clarity of the work. The authors clearly discuss the various principles and rules of Just War Theory ... and cover many diverse perspectives. The work draws on a number of helpful examples, including many from wars of the past decade, to create an international viewpoint. -- Rick Werner, Hamilton College For a reader who is looking for an interesting, concise, and well-organized book on the just war criteria, utlizing contemporary examples to demonstrate how they work, this volume is a must-read. H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online Coppieters and Fotion have edited an interesting and useful volume on the contemporary relevance and application of just war theory... the volume is a very welcome addition... it offers good insights into the debate on the ethics of war and ultimately enriches the debate. Millennium: Journal of International Studiesshow more

About Bruno Coppieters

Bruno Coppieters is Associate Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is the author of Federalism and Conflict in the Caucasus (2001). Nick Fotion is Professor of Philosophy at Emory University. He is the author of John Searle (2000) and Military Ethics: Looking Toward the Future (1992).show more

Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Jus ad bellum Chapter 3 Just Cause Chapter 4 Legitimate Authority Chapter 5 Right Intentions Chapter 6 Likelihood of Success Chapter 7 Proportionality Chapter 8 Last Resort Part 9 Jus in bello Chapter 10 An Historical Overview of theJus in bello Constraints Chapter 11 Proportionality Chapter 12 Discrimination Part 13 Cases Chapter 14 The Gulf War, 1990-1991 Chapter 15 The First Russian-Chechen War, 1994-1996 Chapter 16 The NATO Intervention in the Kosovo Crisis Chapter 17 NATO's Intervention in the Kosovo Crisis: Whose Justice? Chapter 18 After Kosovo: Moral and Legal Constraints on Humanitarian Intervention Chapter 19 The Military Response of the U.S.-Led Coalitiion to the September 11 Attacks Part 20 Concluding Commentsshow more

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