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<i>Ad Fontes</i>: The Question of Rebellion and Moral Tradition on the Use of Force

Ad Fontes: The Question of Rebellion and Moral Tradition on the Use of Force

| January 6, 2014

JAMES TURNER JOHNSON

On the older conception, the sovereign could use force against behavior that he understood as endangering the order, justice, and peace of his political community. But the division of Europe into Protestant and Catholic polities changed that.

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An Ethical Nuclear Posture for the 21st Century?

An Ethical Nuclear Posture for the 21st Century?

| November 26, 2013

What is the appropriate role (and size) of a U.S. nuclear force that would make both strategic and ethical sense? The U.S. still possesses some 4000 nuclear weapons.

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International Peace: One Hundred Years On

| May 31, 2013

Americans have registered one set of lessons too well—those deriving from the seventy-five year war against German imperialism and Soviet communism. They have forgotten, or want to forget, another set of lessons—those deriving from the history of U.S. involvement in the Philippines and Vietnam, in Nicaragua and Panama, and on to Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Peace as a Transnational Theme

| May 31, 2013

To consider war and peace purely in the context of international relations is insufficient, even anachronistic. What we need is less an international than a transnational idea of peace.

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Concepts of Peace: From 1913 to the Present

| May 31, 2013

The Great War and its imagery imprinted itself on the human imagination. In poetry and prose, photography, art, film, and other modes of expression, its influence on cultural memory and identity, on modern meaning and human sensibility, has been remarkable.

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Viewing Peace Through Gender Lenses

| May 31, 2013

Feminist theorizing of peace suggests a number of transformative observations. Feminist perspectives focus a critical lens on the meaning of peace, often making invisible violence visible; help to critically interrogate the role of the United States in furthering “peace” in the international arena; and make different theoretical and policy prescriptions than perspectives that omit gender from their analyses.

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Power Transitions, Global Justice, and the Virtues of Pluralism

| May 31, 2013

Today’s optimists stress the degree to which globalization appears much more firmly institutionalized than it was a hundred years ago, the rather striking success of global economic governance in responding to the financial crisis of 2007–2008, and the longer-term trend within international society to move away from major-power war. Pessimists are less sure.

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Contemporary Just War Thinking: Which Is Worse, to Have Friends or Critics?

| February 14, 2013

The increasingly widespread and energetic engagement with the idea of just war over the last fifty years of thinking on morality and armed conflict—especially in English-speaking countries—presents a striking contrast to the previous several centuries, going back to the early 1600s, in which thinkers addressing moral issues related to war did so without reference to the just war idea.

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