Just war theory and counterterrorism

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    This chapter is concerned with the application of just war theory (hereafter JWT) to a species of armed conflict, namely armed conflict between liberal democratic states and terrorist groups. Historically, such armed conflicts have involved the use on the part of such states of morally problematic strategies to combat terrorism, notably indefinite detention, targeted killing and torture. In the context of the application of a normative theory of armed conflict (JWT), the most salient of these counter-terrorism strategies is targeted killing. At any rate, my principal focus in this chapter will be on the implications of JWT for liberal democratic states engaged in armed conflict with terrorist organizations and, more specifically, in the targeted killing of terrorists.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRoutledge handbook of ethics and war
    Subtitle of host publicationJust war theory in the twenty-first century
    EditorsFritz Allhoff, Nicholas G Evans, Adam Henschke
    Place of PublicationNew York
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Electronic)9780203107164
    ISBN (Print)9780415539340
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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