RSSSymposium: The Ethics of America’s Afghan War

Ending War

| August 12, 2011

In “The Ethics of America’s Afghan War,” Richard W. Miller argues that reflecting on whether and how to end the war in Afghanistan exposes serious deficiencies in just war theory. I agree, though for different reasons than those canvassed by Professor Miller.

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The Ethics of America’s Afghan War

| June 30, 2011

To address the concerns of those whose futures are at stake, moral inquiry into America’s Afghan war must consider specific and detailed alternatives, not just “Stay or go.” I will argue that the United States has had a moral duty, at least since the end of 2010, actively to pursue negotiations with the Taliban and […]

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Online Exclusive: Choosing What to Do in Afghanistan: A Reply by Richard W. Miller [Full Text]

| June 30, 2011

In responding to some especially important doubts and disagreements in the rich comments on my essay on America’s Afghan war, my refrain will be, “Take account of the specific features of the particular choice in question.” So it will help, at the outset, to distinguish my central claims about choices in Afghanistan from others that […]

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Enabling Monsters: A Reply to Richard W. Miller

| June 30, 2011

In his essay “The Ethics of America’s Afghan War,” Professor Richard W. Miller vigorously condemns the United States’ continued counterinsurgency efforts in Afghanistan. To him, the moral costs do not justify the prosecution of the Afghan war. I concede at once that an assessment of costs and benefits may well lead to that conclusion; indeed, […]

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Proportionality in the Afghanistan War

| June 30, 2011

It is a privilege to be able to add a footnote to Richard Miller’s illuminating moral analysis of the war in Afghanistan. I am in substantial agreement with his argument and share his evident frustration with the Obama administration’s failure to provide a cogent justification for the continued killing. My contribution to the discussion will […]

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Jus ex Bello in Afghanistan

| June 30, 2011

In the ten-year period that the war in Afghanistan has been prosecuted, regrettably few articles have been written that both apply an understanding of just war theorizing and pay careful attention to the facts on the ground. For this reason, in addition to the importance of its criticisms of the war, Richard W. Miller’s article […]

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The Strategy of Graceful Decline

| June 30, 2011

In his detailed and thoughtful essay in this issue of Ethics & International Affairs, Professor Richard Miller complains that “just war theory does not provide sufficient guidance” for a thorough and reliable moral assessment of the arguments for and against continuing the American and NATO military presence in Afghanistan (p. 103). His appropriate concern for […]

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