The course is focused on the morality of war in world politics. The primary analytical lens is the classical “Just-War” ethic, viewed from a historical and contemporary perspective. The ethic is tested by the tradition of non-violence and by the nature of modern warfare. Three major strategic challenges are examined: the nuclear age, decisions about humanitarian military intervention and terrorism. Changes in modern warfare (in terms of agents and in terms of weaponry), run through the course.
Also offered by the Divinity School as HDS 2853.