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Just War Theory and Non-State Actors
Using an Historical Body of Knowledge in Modern Circumstances

ISBN 9781472473974
Published March 31, 2020 by Routledge
226 Pages

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Book Description

This book uses an 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


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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.