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Ethics Beyond War's End
edited by Eric Patterson
contributions by Robert E. Williams Jr., Pauletta Otis, Jean Bethke Elshtain, David A. Crocker, Brian Orend, Mark Evans, Eric Patterson, Eric Patterson, Eric Patterson, James Turner Johnson, Michael Walzer, George R. Lucas Jr. and Robert Royal
Georgetown University Press, 2015
eISBN: 978-1-58901-897-6 | Paper: 978-1-58901-888-4
Library of Congress Classification JZ6392.E75 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 172.42


The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have focused new attention on a perennial problem: how to end wars well. What ethical considerations should guide war’s settlement and its aftermath? In cases of protracted conflicts, recurring war, failed or failing states, or genocide and war crimes, is there a framework for establishing an enduring peace that is pragmatic and moral?

Ethics Beyond War’s End provides answers to these questions from the just war tradition. Just war thinking engages the difficult decisions of going to war and how war is fought. But from this point forward just war theory must also take into account what happens after war ends, and the critical issues that follow: establishing an enduring order, employing political forms of justice, and cultivating collective forms of conciliation. Top thinkers in the field—including Michael Walzer, Jean Bethke Elshtain, James Turner Johnson, and Brian Orend—offer powerful contributions to our understanding of the vital issues associated with late- and post conflict in tough, real-world scenarios that range from the US Civil War to contemporary quagmires in Afghanistan, the Middle East, and the Congo.

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