The Just Conduct of War Against Radical Islamic Terror and Insurgencies

Published in: The Price of Peace: Just War in the Twenty-First Century. Edited by Charles Reed and David Ryall (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), Ch. 11, p. 201-215

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2007

by Terrence Kelly

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The authors of The Price of Peace suggest that despite fluctuations and transformations in international politics, the just war tradition continues to be relevant. However they argue that it needs to be reworked to respond to the new challenges to international security represented by the end of the Cold War and the impact of terrorism. This chapter explores the moral challenges of the classical just war theory and in particular of just conduct in war, from the viewpoint of how to combat radical Islamic terrorism and insurgencies. The author's analysis considers justice from the eyes of the people among whom terrorist and insurgents hide.

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