Just War in the Twenty-First Century: Nonviolence, Post Bellum Justice, and R2P

May 18, 2018

In this article reflecting on the future of just war, Fr. Drew Christiansen, S.J., approaches three different issues that have emerged from the past 30 years of conflict and that require further examination and refinement. They are: (1) implications of the tradition and practice of nonviolence for the just war tradition; (2) two issues in the jus post bellum (the morality of concluding war and armed conflict), namely, the duty of reconstruction and the place of forgiveness in securing a just peace; and finally, (3) the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), a field where just peacemaking and just war intersect and can be mutually supporting. It was published in Expositions: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, an online journal from the Villanova Center for Liberal Education.

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