April 22nd, 2010 | For more on this event, please visit: bit.ly/wCeiNY
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs | Georgetown University
How can war end well? President Obama’s Nobel Prize speech argued, “There will be times when nations ... will find the use of force not only necessary but morally justified.” But what comes next? Just War theory, which the President referenced, traditionally focused on the morality of the decision to go to war (jus ad bellum) and the ethics of how war was fought (jus in bello)—not the nature of war’s end and post-conflict. However, protracted conflicts like that in Afghanistan challenge both the president’s foreign policy as well as the theoretical and prescriptive foundations of just war thinking. This Berkley Center conference examined critical questions for a twenty-first century application of Just War theory to war’s end (jus post bellum) in three key areas: the theoretical underpinnings of jus post bellum, issues for settlements and post-conflict arrangements, and operational considerations for practitioners engaged in late- and post-conflict planning.