Can War Be Just in the 21st Century?

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The Christian just war tradition has played an important role in political deliberations by many nation-states for seventeen centuries. But does it still have relevance in an age of drones, war by proxy, terrorism, environmental devastation, and failed states? This volume brings together leading scholars from around the world on the viability of the just war tradition in a modern environment, with many essays offering specific historical examples of how the theory plays out in reality. Topics covered include cluster munitions, drones, nuclear proliferation, genocide (and the “responsibility to protect”), environmental concerns, torture, and care for returning soldiers.

Tobias Winright holds the Hubert Mader Chair in the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics and is associate professor in the department of theological studies at Saint Louis University. He is the co-author of After the Smoke Clears: The Just War Tradition and Post-War Justice, (Orbis, 2010).

Laurie Johnston is associate professor of theology and director of fellowships at Emmanuel College in Boston. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network and is a member of the Community of Sant’Egidio.

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Can War Be Just in the 21st Century?
Ethicists Engage the Tradition
Tobias Winright
Laurie Johnston
Foreword by Stanley Hauerwas