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Ethics and Military Strategy in the 21st Century

Moving Beyond Clausewitz

George R. Lucas, Jr. (Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, USA)



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26 July 2019
Peace studies & conflict resolution; Ethics & moral philosophy; Politics & government; Armed conflict; Defence strategy, planning & research
This book examines the importance of military ethics in the formulation and conduct of contemporary military strategy.

Clausewitz's original analysis of war relegated ethics to the side-lines in favor of political realism, interpreting the proper use of military power solely to further the political goals of the state, whatever those may be. This book demonstrates how such single-minded focus no longer suffices to secure the interest of states, for whom the nature of warfare has evolved to favor strategies that hold combatants themselves to the highest moral and professional standards in their conduct of hostilities. Waging war has thus been transformed in a manner that moves beyond Clausewitz's original conception, rendering political success wholly dependent upon the cultivation and exercise of discerning moral judgment by strategists and combatants in the field. This book utilizes a number of perspectives and case studies to demonstrate how ethics now plays a central role in strategy in modern armed conflict.

This book will be of much interest to students of just war, ethics, military strategy, and international relations.
By:   George R. Lucas Jr. (Naval Postgraduate School Monterey USA)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   354g
ISBN:   9781138731097
ISBN 10:   1138731099
Series:   War, Conflict and Ethics
Pages:   236
Publication Date:   26 July 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction 1. On War (Zum Krieg) 2. Inconvenient Truths 3. This is Not your Father's War 4. What is just war discourse? 5. The Principle of Last Resort 6. The Case for Preventive War 7. Jus ante and post bellum 8. Advice and Dissent 9. Armed Humanitarian Intervention 10. Forgetful Warriors Conclusion

George Lucas is Professor Emeritus at the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Postgraduate School, and currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the Naval Academy. Lucas is author of Ethics and Cyber Warfare (2017) and Military Ethics: What Everyone Needs to Know (2016), and editor of the Routledge Handbook of Military Ethics (2015).

Reviews for Ethics and Military Strategy in the 21st Century: Moving Beyond Clausewitz

'George Lucas has done a timely and superb analysis of ongoing dramatic changes in warfare and the associated effects this is having on the role of ethics for strategic leaders. He describes how emerging domains of war in space and cyber not only raise new ethical challenges but also expand their complexity dramatically at the same time bringing ethical and moral choice to the center of decision making in war. This should be read carefully by senior political and military leaders and will be invaluable to professional military development around the globe.'- Col. Jeff McCausland, Dean (ret), U.S. Army War College and Former Director of the National Security Council Staff, USA. `This volume is an excellent and sorely needed contribution to the discussion of ethics, Just War and strategy, looking at Clausewitz with fresh eyes as well as considering how recent Revisionist discussions and ideas in Just War apply to post-modern warfare. That Lucas is able to bring these three elements together with relevant and concrete case studies and examples make this a must read for scholars and practitioners alike.'-- Pauline Shanks Kaurin, VADM Stockdale Professor of Ethics, U.S. Naval War College `George Lucas's brilliant new book offers a novel and eclectic theory of just war theory and much more. Its nuanced reading of Clausewitz, insightful contextualization of revisionist claims, deep understanding of technology, and timely appeal to classical wisdom make for a unique and urgently needed contribution to the ethics of war.'-Col. James L. Cook, Chairman of the Department of Philosophy, U.S. Air Force Academy

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