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The Price of Peace: Just War in the Twenty-First Century

Edited by: Charles Reed, David Ryall

ISBN13: 9780521677851
Published: February 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £23.99

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Lively political and public debates on war and morality have been a feature of the post-Cold War world. The Price of Peace argues that a re-examination of the just war tradition is therefore required. The authors suggest that despite fluctuations and transformations in international politics, the just war tradition continues to be relevant.

However they argue that it needs to be reworked to respond to the new challenges to international security represented by the end of the Cold War and the impact of terrorism. With an interdisciplinary and transatlantic approach, this volume provides a dialogue between theological, political, military and public actors. By articulating what a reconstituted just war tradition might mean in practice, it also aims to assist policy-makers and citizens in dealing with the ethical dilemmas of war.

  • An accessible examination of what the notion of a 'just war' means in the modern world, in the context of mass terrorism, rogue states and the Iraq War
  • A distinguished group of academics (politics, philosophy and theology), and practitioners (soldiers, church people, civil servants, lawyers) provide a major statement on the moral status of war
  • Will interest an academic audience but also those from religious communities, the military and policy-makers interested in foreign policy and defence issues

International Criminal Law
Foreword Richard Dannatt
1. Introduction Charles Reed and David Ryall
Part I. A Framework for Ethical Decision Making: State and Civil Society-Based Approaches:
2. The development of just war thinking in the post-Cold War world: an American perspective George Weigel
3. Is there a European approach to war? William Wallace
4. Between development and doubt: the recent career of just war doctrine in British churches Nigel Biggar
5. Just war thinking in recent American religious debate over military force James Turner Johnson
Part II. Responding Justly to New Threats:
6. Humanitarian intervention David Fisher
7. Terrorism Jean Bethke Elshtain
8. Rogue regimes, WMD and hyper-terrorism: Augustine and Aquinas meet Chemical Ali Paul Schulte
9. Moral versus legal imperatives Frank Berman
Part III. Fighting Wars Justly:
10. The ethics of 'effects-based' warfare: the crowding out of jus in bello? Paul Cornish
11. The just conduct of war against radical Islamic terror and insurgencies Terrence K. Kelly
Part IV. Securing Peace Justly:
12. Justice after war and the international common good John Langan
13. Conditions for jus in pace in the face of the future Gwyn Prins
14. From just war to just peace Mary Kaldor
Part V. Concluding Reflections:
15. A US political perspective Michael O. Wheeler
16. A British political perspective Michael Quinlan
17. An American military ethicist's perspective Shannon E. French
18. A British theological perspective Richard Harries.