Preemption: Military Action and Moral Justification

Preemption: Military Action and Moral Justification

by Henry Shue, David Rodin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199565996

ISBN-13: 9780199565993

Pub. Date: 01/11/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Is a nation ever justified in attacking before it has been attacked? If so, under precisely what conditions? Does the possibility of terrorists with weapons of mass destruction force us to change our traditional views about what counts as defense? This book provides the most comprehensive assessment to date of the justifiability of preemptive or preventive military

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Is a nation ever justified in attacking before it has been attacked? If so, under precisely what conditions? Does the possibility of terrorists with weapons of mass destruction force us to change our traditional views about what counts as defense? This book provides the most comprehensive assessment to date of the justifiability of preemptive or preventive military action. Its engaging debate, accompanied by an analytic Introduction, focuses probing criticism of the most persuasive proponents of preemptive attack or preventive war, who then respond to these challenges and modify or extend their justifications.

Authors of recent pivotal analyses, including historian Marc Trachtenberg, international relations professor Neta Crawford, law professor David Luban, and political philosopher Allen Buchanan, are confronted by other authoritative writers on the nature and justification of war more broadly, including historian Hew Strachan, international normative theorist Henry Shue, and philosophers David Rodin, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, and Suzanne Uniacke. The resulting lively and many-sided exchanges shed historical, legal, political, and philosophical light on a key policy question of our time. Going beyond the simple dichotomies of popular discussion the authors reflect on the nature of all warfare, the arguments for and against it, and the possibilities for the moral to constrain the military and the political in the face of grave threat.

This book is a project of the Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199565993
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/11/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
276
Sales rank:
1,274,369
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors vi

Introduction Henry Shue David Rodin 1

1 Preemption and Prevention in Historical Perspective Hew Strachan 23

2 Preventive War and US Foreign Policy Marc Trachtenberg 40

3 On Getting One's Retaliation in First Suzanne Uniacke 69

4 The False Promise of Preventive War: The 'New Security Consensus' and a More Insecure World Neta C. Crawford 89

5 Justifying Preventive War Allen Buchanan 126

6 The Problem with Prevention David Rodin 143

7 Preventive War and Human Rights David Luban 171

8 Preventive War-What Is It Good For? Walter Sinnott-Armstrong 202

9 What Would a Justified Preventive Military Attack Look Like? Henry Shue 222

Index 247

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