Just War Tradition

Bringing Just War Theory to Congress With H.R. 1009

In March of 2022 I introduced H.Res. 1009 to propose implementing structured deliberation on the most serious and grave responsibility…

Ukraine after One Year: A Sober Assessment

After years of appeasement and failing to reckon with a reborn Russian imperialism, the U.S. and NATO nations are awaking from their moral and military slumber.

Just War and the Changing Face of Armed Conflict

Understanding the Chinese idea of Just War is essential to understanding Chinese military doctrine.

Just War 101 – E4: Spurs and Restraints: Overview of the JAB and the JIB

As should already be clear from this series’ first three essays (here, here, and here), the Christian realist just war…

Preparing for Peace? Our Responsibilities to Ukraine

Two op/ed pieces, appearing in recent days in the Wall Street Journal, take very different views of ending the war…

Can Ukraine Win the War?

Ukraine is under no obligation to surrender.

Deter Conventional Wars to Avoid Nuclear Precipice

In 1983, Just War scholar William O’Brien wrote: “The greatest threats to the free world do not arise from the…

The Spirit and the Body in War
Just War 101 – E2: Two Presumptions, (Not) Alike in Dignity

The Christian realist just war tradition is primarily concerned with aiding reflection on how to meet the obligations of of love through, not despite, war

Just War 101: A Primer on Fighting Right Fights, Rightly

The first in a series, this introductory essay grounds the historical development of just war tradition in Christian moral and political responsibility