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New Wars and New Soldiers

Military Ethics in the Contemporary World, 1st Edition

By Paolo Tripodi, Jessica Wolfendale


296 pages

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Paperback: 9781409453475
pub: 2012-06-28
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Bringing together contributors from philosophy, international relations, security studies, and strategic studies, New Wars and New Soldiers offers a truly interdisciplinary analysis reflective of the nature of modern warfare. This comprehensive approach allows the reader to see the broad scope of modern military ethics, and to understand the numerous questions about modern conflict that require critical scrutiny. Aimed at both military and academic audiences, this paperback will be of significant interest to researchers and students in philosophy, sociology, military and strategic studies, international relations, politics, and security studies, acting as an ideal course text or as supplementary reading.


'It is supremely difficult to "teach" ethics - and equally important to do so. These essays are accessible, diverse, intriguing. On one level they show us troublesome issues of the globe's newest contest grounds peopled with mercenaries, illegals, terrorists, and innocent civilians. At their best, these chapters help us with what contributor Rebecca Johnson thoughtfully calls "moral capacity building for irregular warfare".' Christopher C. Harmon, Marine Corps University, USA and author of Terrorism Today 'Tripodi and Wolfendale have brought together a multidisciplinary team of authors to address a wide range of ethical dilemmas faced by soldiers in the new missions conducted in unconventional battlefields. Readable, wide ranging and engaging, this book analyses the ways in which the principles of military ethics can be applied to contemporary warfare and reminds us that this subject should not be neglected in the education of today’s soldiers.' Christopher Dandeker, King's College London, UK 'Aimed at both military and academic audiences, the book strikes a nice balance between scholarly rigour and practical relevance. Its chapters are grouped into several main themes: discussions of the continued relevance of 'just war theory'; the implicit and explicit obligations of nations that engage in humanitarian intervention; the ethical implications of new technologies and new actors in the battlespace; and finally a 'rubber-hits-the-road' examination of the implications of all this for combat behaviour, leadership and training… thoughtful and provocative… I commend this book to professional readers at all levels, and particularly senior leaders.' Australian Defence Force Journal 'Warfare has undergone a radical transformation in recent decades. The objectives of war; the agents of war; the targets and victims of war; the methods and weapons of war; and the nature of the battlefield have all changed. New Wars and New Soldiers not only subjects these various devel

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Paolo Tripodi and Jessica Wolfendale; Part I New Visions of Just War Theory: 'New wars', terrorism, and just war theory, Jessica Wolfendale; Just war, irregular war, and terrorism, Stephen Coleman; The jus post bellum, C.A.J. (Tony) Coady. Part II Humanitarian Intervention: High-fliers: who should bear the risk of humanitarian intervention?, Gerhard Øverland; On a duty of humanitarian intervention, David Lefkowitz. Part III New Technologies in the Battlefield: Emerging military technologies: a case study in neurowarfare, Nicholas Evans; Robotic weapons and the future of war, Robert Sparrow. Part IV New Actors in the Battlefield: Ethics and mercenaries, Uwe Steinhoff; Ethics and the human terrain: the ethics of military anthropology, George R. Lucas Jr; To whom does a private military commander owe allegiance?, Deane-Peter Baker. Part V Combat Behavior and Training: Deconstructing the evil zone: how ordinary individuals can commit atrocities, Paolo Tripodi; Psychological foundations of unethical actions in military operations, J. Peter Bradley; Moral formation of the strategic corporal, Rebecca J. Johnson; Loyalty and professionalization in the military, Peter Olsthoorn; Index.

About the Authors

Paolo Tripodi, Marine Corps University, USA and Jessica Wolfendale, West Virginia University, USA

About the Series

Military and Defence Ethics

Military and Defence Ethics
There is an urgent and growing need for all those involved in matters of national defence - from policy makers to armaments manufacturers to members of the armed forces - to behave, and to be seen to behave, ethically. The ethical dimensions of making decisions and taking action in the defence arena are the subject of intense and ongoing media interest and public scrutiny. It is vital that all those involved be given the benefit of the finest possible advice and support. Such advice is best sought from those who have great practical experience or theoretical wisdom (or both) in their particular field and publication of their work in this series will ensure that it is readily accessible to all who need it.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / Afghan War (2001-)