Just War Tradition

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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years…

The US Navy’s Role in the Defense of International Sovereignty

The National Security Strategy says China’s economic and military actions risk diminishing the sovereignty of many states in the Indo-Pacific. The US Navy has a role in defending these states’ rights.

The Uses and Abuses of War Language in a Pandemic

Talking about a pandemic like it is an armed conflict obscures the clear distinctions between military and medical ethics, leading to faulty judgments and potentially creating additional moral and material harm.

Who Can Be Killed in War? A Conversation with Joseph Chapa on the Just War Tradition
Who Can Be Killed in War? A Conversation with Joseph Chapa on the Just War Tradition

To what degree are combatants in war morally liable to be killed, and to what degree are their adversaries morally…

Whistling Past the Graveyard: How Iwo Jima Led Toward Hiroshima
Whistling Past the Graveyard: How Iwo Jima Led Toward Hiroshima

Last week marked the 75th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Iwo Jima. The Japanese intended to make the American cost of taking the island so severe they would reconsider invading the Japanese home islands. On this point, the Japanese condemned themselves by their very success. The shadow of Iwo Jima is arguably a mushroom cloud.

Catholic Statecraft’s Disagreements with Realism

Realism and the just war ethic both pursue war in certain contexts, so they can appear to be close cousins. But the just war ethic shares less with realism than realism shares with pacifism.

Christian Soldiers as Peacemakers
Christian Soldiers as Peacemakers

Marc LiVecche—executive editor of Providence and the McDonald Visiting Scholar at the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, & Public Life…

Have American Wars Been Just? Review of Mark Hall and J. Daryl Charles’ America and the Just War Tradition
Have American Wars Been Just? Review of Mark Hall and J. Daryl Charles’ America and the Just War Tradition

Whether one is a historian who hopes to learn more about America’s conflicts, a philosopher who works in ethics or political philosophy, or a soldier or veteran who enjoys military history, America and the Just War Tradition addresses each of these topics and audiences from a variety of authors in a range of disciplines.

Just War and America’s Wars - Eric Patterson - National Security Conference 2019
Just War and America’s Wars

Eric Patterson, author of Just American Wars, spoke on Just War Thinking during Providence‘s annual National Security Conference in November…