ethics of warfare
Understanding just war theory
Whether they realise it or not, most people support a theory first advanced by St Augustine in the 4th century.
When is a war crime not a war crime?
70 years since the war crime we're too ashamed to remember
The torture-abortion nexus
Why do philosophers who defend abortion also defend torture?
Being “nice” worked in World War II. Why not now?
Two legendary interrogators have lessons for the War on Terror.
Ethics will always play catch-up in the war on terror
A deeply utilitarian mindset pervades US foreign policy.
John McCain breaks ranks with GOP over CIA torture
Based on personal experience he says that "enhanced interrogation techniques" were shameful and didn't work.
Killing Americans abroad: has Obama’s policy changed?
The ethics of execution without a trial need to be debated.
Are we educating doctors to participate in torture?
A recent report has condemned the role that doctors and psychologists played in "enhanced interrogations".
In Bosnia, the ghosts still have no resting place
Twenty years after fighting ceased, many people are still caught up in a culture of denial.
You Fooled Us Once with Iraq…
Can the looming participation of the US in Syria's vicious fighting be regarded as a "just war"?
Syria’s spiral of war
Skilled diplomacy is needed to avert an escalating arms race between the two sides in which many more civilians will die.
Should robot soldiers kill—or be killed?
The development of drones and robots who decide whom to kill and when worries the United Nations and human rights activists.
An arms craze: drones to lasers
The United States, Israel and other military powers continue to seek the perfect weapon, from drones to lasers. They forget how the story ends.
The empathy gap
Where is the sympathy for the civilian victims of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?
Hellfire, morality and strategy
The use of drones may be legal under international war, but it is leading the US into unknown territory.
Let’s talk about just war
In a country where opinion oscillates between the extremes of realism and pacifism, learning the history of the just war tradition is important.
Why men fight
Will women in front-line combat duty change the way men behave in combat?
The death of a dictator and the death of an ambassador
If you wage war for moral ends, you are morally bound to manage the consequences.
Free speech under siege
Today's gay-marriage movement seems far more eager to silence its critics than debate them.