Just War Theory and Non-State Actors: Using an Historical Body of Knowledge in Modern Circumstances, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Just War Theory and Non-State Actors

Using an Historical Body of Knowledge in Modern Circumstances, 1st Edition

By Eric E. Smith


256 pages

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pub: 2020-04-03
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This book uses a historical body of knowledge, Just War Theory, as the basis for analyzing modern conflicts involving Armed Non-State Actors who employ force against states.

As the global community faces the challenges of globalization, terrorism, 24-hour international news coverage, super power collapse, weapons of mass destruction, and failed states, the author explores whether the historic bodies of knowledge governing decision makers during conflict remain relevant. Tracing the evolution of Just War Theory, he analyzes circumstances involving Armed Non-State Actor (ANSA) groups possessing powerful and destructive capabilities and a desire to use them, and pursues answers to the central research question: how does Just War Theory apply in modern scenarios involving ANSA groups who challenge the state and international institution’s monopoly on use of force? The study finds that Just War Theory still has the capacity to accommodate modern day statecraft and application in scenarios involving Armed Non-State Actors.

This book will be of great interest to those researching and studying in the fields of political theory, security studies, international relations, war and conflict studies and public ethics.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Evolution of Just War Theory

Chapter 2: Just Cause

Chapter 3: Right Intention

Chapter 4: Legitimate Authority

Chapter 5: Proportionality (ad Bellum)

Chapter 6: Chance of Success

Chapter 7: Last Resort

Chapter 8: Proportionality (in Bello)

Chapter 9: Discrimination

Chapter 10: Analysis with Just War

Chapter 11: Armed Non-State Actors

Chapter 12: Case Study: Al Qaeda, Taliban and United States

Chapter 13: Case Study: Hezbollah, Lebanon and Israel

Chapter 14: Analysis and Insights

Chapter 15: Conclusion


About the Author

Eric E. Smith retired from active military duty in October 2012, and joined Ramsey Solutions in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, where he advises military and veteran organizations. Additionally, he is an Adjunct Professor at Belmont University where he teaches Master’s Degree classes on Leadership and Organizational Behavior.

About the Series

Justice, International Law and Global Security

Justice, International Law and Global Security
The global community is confronted with a wide variety of both traditional and non-traditional challenges to its security and even survival, as well as unprecedented opportunities for global socio-economic development. International law will play a major role as the international community attempts to address these challenges and opportunities while simultaneously attempting to create a just and secure global order capable of protecting and promoting the common good of the whole of mankind. The Routledge Series on Justice, International Law and Global Security is designed to encourage and highlight analytical, scholarly works that focus on the ways in which international law contributes to the management of a wide variety of contemporary challenges and opportunities, and helps to promote global justice and security. Toward that end, the series seeks to promote scholarship that addresses the critical linkage between the philosophical concept of justice as applied at the global level, international law, which in turn, must be based upon justice, and the ability of international law to establish normative standards of behaviour.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism