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The False Promise of Preventive War: The ‘New Security Consensus’ and a More Insecure World

Neta C. Crawford

in Preemption: Military Action and Moral Justification

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199233137
eISBN:
9780191716270
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233137.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter begins by outlining the arguments for preventive war by an individual state, as articulated by the United States. It then outlines the argument for preventive war undertaken with the ... More


Introduction

Henry Shue and David Rodin

in Preemption: Military Action and Moral Justification

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199233137
eISBN:
9780191716270
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233137.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the differences in the use of the term, pre-emption, in particular the different meanings across disciplines for the very same term. It then ... More


Preemption and Prevention in Historical Perspective

Hew Strachan

in Preemption: Military Action and Moral Justification

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199233137
eISBN:
9780191716270
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233137.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter presents a historical perspective of pre-emption and prevention. Topics discussed include the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Prussia's initiation of the Seven Years War in ... More


The Problem with Prevention 1

David Rodin

in Preemption: Military Action and Moral Justification

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199233137
eISBN:
9780191716270
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233137.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter argues that there are profound moral problems with the doctrine of preventive war. The consequentialist approaches to preventive war are first examined. The chapter then examines whether ... More


What Would a Justified Preventive Military Attack Look Like?

Henry Shue

in Preemption: Military Action and Moral Justification

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199233137
eISBN:
9780191716270
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233137.003.0010
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter discusses the characteristics of a justified preventive military action. These are that (i) it must be limited to the effective elimination, including the prevention of the return, of ... More


Pre‐emptive War on Iraq

Alia Brahimi

in Jihad and Just War in the War on Terror

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199562961
eISBN:
9780191595059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562961.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, International Relations and Politics

Continuing the discussion of the Bush administration's just cause began in Chapter 1, this chapter examines the arguments put forward for pre‐emptive war and responses to those arguments. The Bush ... More


Explanations for Limited and Unlimited Wars

Alex Weisiger

in Logics of War: Explanations for Limited and Unlimited Conflicts

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451867
eISBN:
9780801468179
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451867.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Security Studies

This chapter presents theoretical arguments about the determinants of war duration and severity. It begins with a summary of the bargaining model of war. It then moves on to explain both unlimited ... More


Introduction

Dale C. Copeland

in Economic Interdependence and War

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691161587
eISBN:
9781400852703
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691161587.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

This introductory chapter lays out the basic dimensions of the trade expectations approach and how it can be applied to the history of the modern great power system since 1790. The trade expectations ... More


“Against Our Traditions”?

Mark Totten

in First Strike: America, Terrorism, and Moral Tradition

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300124484
eISBN:
9780300168648
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300124484.003.0003
Subject:
History, Military History

Since World War II and before 9/11, the United States never publicly invoked a right to use force against imminent threat. During its first 150 years, however, the country occasionally resorted to ... More


The Cold War and After: History, Theory, and the Logic of International Politics

Marc Trachtenberg

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691152028
eISBN:
9781400842490
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691152028.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

What makes for war or for a stable international system? Are there general principles that should govern foreign policy? This book explores how historical work can throw light on these questions. The ... More


Preemptive War*

Henry Shue

in Fighting Hurt: Rule and Exception in Torture and War

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198767626
eISBN:
9780191821486
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767626.003.0012
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Thanks to the misuse of language by the Bush Administration, many people now use ‘preemptive war’ to mean preventive war. The assumption that often underlies preventive war, that war is coming ... More


Justifying Preventive War, Institutionally

Allen Buchanan

in Institutionalizing the Just War

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780190878436
eISBN:
9780190878467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190878436.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter applies the conceptual framework and methodology for just war theorizing, developed previously, to the problem of justifying preventive war—war undertaken to avert a threat of wrongful ... More


Distributive Justice, Human Rights, and Territorial Integrity *: A Contractarian Account of the Crime of Aggression

Yitzhak Benbaji

in The Morality of Defensive War

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199682836
eISBN:
9780191763014
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682836.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This essay is concerned with two related, and yet importantly distinct, questions: why only wars of national defense should be legally permissible, in light of the fact that, on the face of it, the ... More


Just War at Home in America

Mark Totten

in First Strike: America, Terrorism, and Moral Tradition

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300124484
eISBN:
9780300168648
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300124484.003.0004
Subject:
History, Military History

The moral dilemma felt by Americans about striking first against Japan on the eve of the Pearl Harbor bombing, against the Soviet Union following World War II, and against Cuba in 1962 reflected a ... More


Logics of War: Explanations for Limited and Unlimited Conflicts

Alex Weisiger

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451867
eISBN:
9780801468179
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451867.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Security Studies

Most wars between countries end quickly and at relatively low cost. The few in which high-intensity fighting continues for years bring about a disproportionate amount of death and suffering. What ... More


Introduction

Mark Totten

in First Strike: America, Terrorism, and Moral Tradition

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300124484
eISBN:
9780300168648
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300124484.003.0001
Subject:
History, Military History

Over the past several years, the United States has dramatically changed its approach to preventing future enemy attack. In particular, the government has become willing to use preemptive force ... More


The Iraq War and U.S. Public Opinion

Clay Ramsay (ed.)

in Balance Sheet: The Iraq War and U.S. National Security

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804760133
eISBN:
9780804772044
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804760133.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter examines the impact of the Iraq War on U.S. public opinion and highlights the influence of public opinion on the ways the U.S. government can pursue its national security interest. It ... More


Conclusion: Retrenchment as Reloading

Paul K. MacDonald and Joseph M. Parent

in Twilight of the Titans: Great Power Decline and Retrenchment

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781501717093
eISBN:
9781501717109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501717093.003.0012
Subject:
Political Science, Security Studies

This chapter sums the arguments and findings of the book, and relates them to the debate on decline, especially the implications for preventive war and domestic dysfunction theories. It then pivots ... More


Point of Attack: Preventive War, International Law, and Global Welfare

John Yoo

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199347735
eISBN:
9780199347742
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199347735.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Public International Law

Point of Attack argues that the time has come to replace the international rules of war. Current law permits nations to resort to force only in self-defense or under UN authority, which perversely ... More


Desperate Times, Desperate Measures: Debating Decline

Paul K. MacDonald and Joseph M. Parent

in Twilight of the Titans: Great Power Decline and Retrenchment

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781501717093
eISBN:
9781501717109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501717093.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Security Studies

This chapter reviews the literature and lays out the debate on decline. It divides the rival views into two main camps: preventive war and domestic dysfunction. For preventive war theorists, who ... More


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