In what circumstances is it legitimate to use force? How should force be used? These are two of the most crucial questions confronting world politics today.
The Just War tradition provides a set of criteria which political leaders and soldiers use to defend and rationalize war. This book explores the evolution of thinking about just wars and examines its role in shaping contemporary judgements about the use of force, from grand strategic issues of whether states have a right to preemptive self-defence, to the minutiae of targeting.