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Just War scholarship has adapted to contemporary crises and situations. But its adaptation has spurned debate and conversation—a method and means of pushing its thinking forward. Now the Just War tradition risks becoming marginalized. This concern may seem out of place as Just War literature is proliferating, yet this literature remains welded to traditional conceptualizations of Just War. Caron E. Gentry and Amy E. Eckert argue that the tradition needs to be updated to deal with substate actors within the realm of legitimate authority, private military companies, and the questionable moral difference between the use of conventional and nuclear weapons. Additionally, as recent policy makers and scholars have tried to make the Just War criteria legalistic, they have weakened the tradition’s ability to draw from and adjust to its contemporaneous setting.

The essays in The Future of Just War seek to reorient the tradition around its core concerns of preventing the unjust use of force by states and limiting the harm inflicted on vulnerable populations such as civilian noncombatants. The pursuit of these challenges involves both a reclaiming of traditional Just War principles from those who would push it toward greater permissiveness with respect to war, as well as the application of Just War principles to emerging issues, such as the growing use of robotics in war or the privatization of force. These essays share a commitment to the idea that the tradition is more about a rigorous application of Just War principles than the satisfaction of a checklist of criteria to be met before waging “just” war in the service of national interest.

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ISBN-13: 9780820345604
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 01/15/2014
Series: Studies in Security and International Affairs Series , #12
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Caron E. Gentry (Editor)
CARON E. GENTRY is a lecturer at the School of International Relations, University of St. Andrews. She is the author of Offering Hospitality: Questioning Christian Approaches to War and, with Laura Sjoberg, coauthor of Mothers, Monsters, Whores: Women’s Violence in Global Politics, and coeditor of Women, Gender, and Terrorism (Georgia).

Amy E. Eckert (Editor)
AMY E. ECKERT is an associate professor of political science at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is coeditor of the essay collection Rethinking the 21st Century: “New” Problems, “Old” Solutions.

Table of Contents

Introduction Caron E. Gentry Amy E. Eckert 1

Section 1 Jus ad Bellum

Chapter 1 Epistemic Bias: Legitimate Authority and Politically Violent Nonstate Actors Caron E. Gentry 17

Chapter 2 Strategizing in an Era of Conceptual Change: Security, Sanctioned Violence, and New Military Roles Kimberly A. Hudson Dan Henk 30

Chapter 3 Is Just Intervention Morally Obligatory? Luke Glanville 48

Chapter 4 Private Military Companies and the Reasonable Chance of Success Amy E. Eckert 62

Section 2 Jus in Bello

Chapter 5 Postheroic U.S. Warfare and the Moral Justification for Killing in War Sebastian Kaempf 79

Chapter 6 From Smart to Autonomous Weapons: Confounding Territoriality and Moral Agency Brent J. Steele Eric A. Heinze 98

Chapter 7 An Alternative to Nuclear Weapons? Proportionality, Discrimination, and the Conventional Global Strike Program Alexa Royden 115

Chapter 8 Rethinking Intention and Double Effect Harry D. Gould 130

Chapter 9 Just War without Civilians Laura Sjoberg 148

Section 3 Jus post Bellum

Chapter 10 Jus post Bellum: Justice in the Aftermath of War Robert E. Williams Jr. 167

Contributors 181

Index 185

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