This book provides an overview of the current state of the art in International Political Theory (IPT). It offers a coherent account of the field of IPT, placing both traditional and modern work in a clear and logical framework.
Chapter 9: The Ethics of War and Violence in a Post-Westphalian Age
The Ethics of War and Violence in a Post-Westphalian Age
War once was an institution of the society of states, a recognised method of conflict resolution between legal equals, and it was regulated (very imperfectly) by the Laws of War (International Humanitarian Law) which were in turn based in part on the principles of the Just War which were first established by Medieval Christian theologians. In the modern world many of the terms that appear in this sentence are no longer valid. War is no longer accepted as a legitimate conflict-resolving mechanism, and it is rarely engaged in by juridical equals; violence is still a feature of international politics but in the emerging global polity ...