Just War Reconsidered
James M. Dubik, Foreword by General Martin Dempsey, USA (Ret.)
Hardcover, 236 pp., 2018
In Just War Reconsidered: Strategy, Ethics, and Theory, James M. Dubik applies moral philosophy, political philosophy, and strategic studies to historical and contemporary case studies to reveal the inaccuracies and moral bankruptcy that inform some of the literature on responsibility in the conduct of war. Conventional just war theory adopts a binary approach, wherein political leaders have moral accountability for the decision to go to war and soldiers have accountability for fighting the war ethically. Dubik argues, however, that political and military leadership should be held accountable for the planning and execution of war in addition to the decision to initiate conflict.