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First Strike: America, Terrorism, and Moral Tradition

Mark Totten

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300124484
eISBN:
9780300168648
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300124484.001.0001
Subject:
History, Military History

Can the use of force first against a less-than-imminent threat be both morally acceptable and consistent with American values? This book offers an in-depth, historical examination of the use of ... More


Preemptive and Preventive Wars

George P. Fletcher and Jens David Ohlin

in Defending Humanity: When Force is Justified and Why

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199757213
eISBN:
9780190260248
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199757213.003.0007
Subject:
Law, Public International Law

This chapter tackles the issue of preventive and preemptive wars, and whether the doctrine of legitimate defense could justify such action. It highlights the phrase “armed attack occurs” in the UN ... More


The Beginnings: Planning, Mobility, and a System of Expedients

Gerhard P. Gross

David T. Zabecki (ed.)

in The Myth and Reality of German Warfare: Operational Thinking from Moltke the Elder to Heusinger

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780813168371
eISBN:
9780813168401
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813168371.003.0004
Subject:
History, Military History

Chapter 3 traces the development of Helmuth von Moltke the Elder’s operational thinking throughout his career and the impact his ideas had on future German military leaders. A pragmatist, Moltke did ... More


Necessity and the Principle of Last Resort in the Just War Tradition

Jens David Ohlin and Larry May

in Necessity in International Law

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190622930
eISBN:
9780190622961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190622930.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Public International Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter examines how the concept of necessity is used in Just War theory as a principle of last resort—a criterion that must be satisfied before the recourse to force can be justified. It ... More


Force Rules

John Yoo

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

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199347735
eISBN:
9780199347742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199347735.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Public International Law

The UN Charter stands in the way of a reconceived international system that would allow more force to improve global welfare. Nations wedded to the UN system might reinterpret self-defense to permit ... More


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