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The Price of Peace

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

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Charles Reed, David Ryall, George Weigel, William Wallace, Nigel Biggar, James Turner Johnson, David Fisher, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Paul Schulte, Frank Berman, Paul Cornish, Terrence K. Kelly; John Langan, Gwyn Prins, Mary Kaldor, Michael O. Wheeler, Michael Quinlan, Shannon E. French, Richard Harries
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  • Date Published: March 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521860512

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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
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "In sum, this is a landmark book on the just war tradition in the new century."
    International Affairs

    "Between moral certainty and ruthless cynicism lies the practical wisdom of the just war tradition. In the hands of its wise editors and expert contributors, this volume gives access to the full range of the tradition's discipline. It is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand the duties and restraints that separate the humane from the barbarous - particularly in the extreme aspect of the human condition we are now experiencing as war in the 21st century."
    Joel H. Rosenthal, President, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

    "This excellent book should be read by the many who comment on the rights and wrongs of today's numerous conflicts. In particular it should be read by all involved with initiating or directing military operations and by those commanding forces engaged on operations. Drawing on the thoughts of theologians, academics and practitioners, its chapters clearly and logically provide the background of reason and morality necessary to guide decision within a sound ethical compass. With the change in the nature of conflict the need for this understanding is most important, since with change comes the need to apply the enduring principles in new circumstances. Principles that if applied serve to restrain the tendency for the awfulness of war to expose the beast in man."
    General Sir Rupert Smith KCB DSO OBE QGM, Former Deputy Supreme Commander, Allied Powers Europe

    "This book is an intellectual pleasure to read."
    David Goodall, Tablet

    "It is difficult to imagine a more impressive analysis of the just-war tradition today than this brilliantly edited and introduced collection of essays under a joint Anglican-Roman Catholic aegis."
    Times Literary Supplement

    "....this volume does a valuable service in contemporary confusion concerning religious validation of war. Bringing to the fore a variety of aspects of just war theory, the volume exposes the reader to the various facets of the debate, advocating for the continuation of the just war tradition, albeit with modifications. The book is well suited to be a supplemental text to courses on war and peace for courses in both religious studies and political theory." --Religious Studies Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521860512
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Introduction to Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Editors

    Charles Reed
    Charles Reed is the International Policy Advisor to the Church of England's Mission and Public Affairs Unit. He is a specialist on the ethics of war and peace and is the author of Just War? (2004).

    David Ryall
    David Ryall is the Assistant General Secretary at the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. He has taught politics at the University of Wales and has published articles in International Relations, Third World Quarterly and The World Today.


    Richard Dannatt


    Charles Reed, David Ryall, George Weigel, William Wallace, Nigel Biggar, James Turner Johnson, David Fisher, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Paul Schulte, Frank Berman, Paul Cornish, Terrence K. Kelly; John Langan, Gwyn Prins, Mary Kaldor, Michael O. Wheeler, Michael Quinlan, Shannon E. French, Richard Harries

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