Just War Theory and Non-State Actors: Using an Historical Body of Knowledge in Modern Circumstances

1st Edition

Eric E. Smith

April 20, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 256 Pages
ISBN 9781472473974 - CAT# Y258701
Series: Justice, International Law and Global Security


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This book uses a historical body of knowledge, Just War Theory, as the basis for analyzing modern conflicts involving Armed Non-State Actors who employ force against states.

As the global community faces the challenges of globalization, terrorism, 24-hour international news coverage, super power collapse, weapons of mass destruction, and failed states, the author explores whether the historic bodies of knowledge governing decision makers during conflict remain relevant. Tracing the evolution of Just War Theory, he analyzes circumstances involving Armed Non-State Actor (ANSA) groups possessing powerful and destructive capabilities and a desire to use them, and pursues answers to the central research question: how does Just War Theory apply in modern scenarios involving ANSA groups who challenge the state and international institution’s monopoly on use of force? The study finds that Just War Theory still has the capacity to accommodate modern day statecraft and application in scenarios involving Armed Non-State Actors.

This book will be of great interest to those researching and studying in the fields of political theory, security studies, international relations, war and conflict studies and public ethics.

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