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BY NIKOLAS GVOSDEV What is the appropriate role (and size) of a U.S. nuclear force that would make both strategic and ethical sense? Although arms control treaties have brought the numbers down, the U.S. still possesses some 4000 nuclear weapons, yet the force is still structured as if it must deal with a Soviet threat circa 1982.
BY LAURIE MINCIELI The Forward Intervention Brigade represents an unprecedented use of the Security Council’s Chapter VII peacekeeping mandate, and risks undermining peacekeeping’s core tenets of impartiality, consent of parties, and restrictions in the use of force.
When it comes to drone strikes, Americans often have to juggle two mutually exclusive beliefs. On the one hand, only a quarter of respondents believe that drone strikes are legal. On the other, an astounding majority of people still approve of these targeting practices.
Since the end of the cold war, debates over the ethical propriety of the possession and the willingness to use WMD were seen as largely the preserve of the academy. But the Syrian crisis forces these questions back firmly on the policy agenda—and provide a new avenue for ethicists and policy-makers to engage in dialogue.
BY DANIEL R. BRUNSTETTER The Obama administration has spoken of punishing the Assad regime, of deterring future attacks, of reinforcing the norm against chemical weapons use, and of diminishing the regime’s military capabilities. Consistently, these threats have been framed in the language of force short of war. How do we judge if such an action is morally justified?