Justifying War? From Humanitarian Intervention to Counterterrorism

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-10-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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This book is based on a multinational and multidisciplinary discussion between American and European researchers and practitioners on the moral, legal and political dilemmas raised by the use of force in today's world. Are humanitarian interventions and counter-terrorism just forms of war in disguise? Is the just war tradition still relevant? What role does the issue of legitimacy play in the actions of states? Does the notion of "the global war against terror" play into the hands of terrorists? What are the lessons of the recent military interventions, from Kosovo to Iraq? What role for the U.N., for international criminal justice? What consequences for international order? The book provides no definitive answers but is the clearest and most searching book available to students and to the general public.

Author Biography

Pierre Hassner is Emeritus Research Director and Research Associate at The Centre for International Studies and Research, Sciences Po, Paris, France. Gilles Andréani is adjunct professor at Panthéon Assas Paris II University, France. Former director of the Centre d’Analyse et de prevision (CAP) of the French Foreign Affairs ministry, his diplomatic career concerned issues of international security and transatlantic relations.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Intervention and Human rights
The Morality of Having Recourse to Force
Why and How Intervene? Jus ad bellum and Jus in bello in the New Context
Modern Application of the Just War Tradition
Just War": The Catholic
Contradictions of the Just War Doctrine in the Post-Cold War period
Post-Conflict Lessons and Ex-Post Legitimacy: Three Propositions
War and Counter-Terrorism
The `War on Terror' in Historical Perspective
The War on Terror, a Questionable Concept
Terror and war
War and Counter-Terrorism
Legitimacy and authority
Law, Legitimacy and Military Intervention
Military Intervention and sources of Legitimacy
The United Nations, Multilateralism and International Order
International Criminal Justice: A Humiliation for States or a Spur to Enhanced Sovereignty?
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