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ISA, Saturday February 21, 2015

8:15 AM
10:00 AM

SA04: Presidential Theme Panel - What is Geopolitics?


4:00 PM
5:45 PM

SD60: War - What is it Good For?


The State of War: A Genealogy

I see dead people

Who is war good for? Reading strategic texts as civilisational projects

Thinking Like a Bomb: The Significance of Target Acquisition Strategies for the Future of Warfare

Post-Westphalian States of Violence and the “End of War”

Abstract and Keywords

War is ostensibly to be avoided because it involves killing. But, over time a complex set of frameworks that establish the basis of ‘just war’ has been produced. These doctrines putatively constrain what counts as appropriate justifications for engaging in warfare (jus ad bellum) and, if war breaks out, what is considered permissible conduct (jus in bello). The tenor of these developments suggests an opposition to war – or, that it is only acceptable in special circumstances. This panel reconsiders this approach, exploring how the same principles that attempt to constrain violence also provide it with moral legitimation. It asks and addresses two questions: 1) How has war become an indispensable ethical component of political life?, and, as a consequence, 2) How do practices of lethality become legitimate in world politics? Reconsidering how and why war has been facilitated, justified through the normative valuation of killing, this panel recasts just war doctrines, laying out how they regulate when and why war is morally appropriate. Focused on how legitimate wars are distinguished from illegitimate ones and the ethical implications of war-related practices and tools, this panel contributes new thinking about how and why war is given a permanent warrant in international practice.


Earlier Event: February 20
ISA, Friday, February 20th
Later Event: March 26
Q2 Event University of Sydney