Ending War: A Dialogue across Disciplines examines how wars end from a multidisciplinary perspective and includes enquiries into the politics of war, the laws of war, and the military and intellectual history of war.
In recent years, the changes in the character of contemporary warfare have created uncertainties across different disciplines about how to identify and conceptualise the end of war. A whole constellation of questions arises from such uncertainties: How do philosophers define ethical responsibilities in bello and post bellum if the boundary between war and peace is ever so blurred? How do strategists define their objectives if the teleology of action becomes uncertain? How do historians bracket the known endings of war and delve into the arguments that preceded them? Which answers can international law provide for the ending of wars – and which challenges remain or have recently arisen?
This volume addresses these questions and enables both an understanding of how ‘the end’ as a concept informs the understanding of war in international relations, in international law, and in history, as well as a reconsideration of the nature of scientific method in the field of war studies as such.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of The Journal of Strategic Studies.
Introduction: How do wars end? A multidisciplinary enquiry
Chiara De Franco, Anders Engberg- Pedersen and Martin Mennecke
1. Nobody wins: The victory taboo in just war theory
2. How do wars end? A strategic perspective
3. In pursuit of accountability during and after war
Thomas Obel Hansen
4. The Joint Chiefs of Staff, the atom bomb, the American military mind and the end of the Second World War
Phillips Payson O’Brien
5. Slow failure: Understanding America’s quagmire in Afghanistan
Christopher D. Kolenda