In The Violence of Peace, Stephen Carter navigates the ethical considerations in modern warfare to determine where and how Obama’s approach to war is different from Bush’s. He analyzes Obama’s words (quoting his Nobel Prize acceptance speech) and actions (including his policies on the use of drones and rendition) to determine Obama’s position on “what’s worth fighting for” and to delve into the theories of a just war. He finds that the similarities between Bush’s and Obama’s war policies are far greater than the differences, but the differences while subtle are significant.
Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale, where he teaches courses on law and religion, the ethics of war, contracts, intellectual property, and professional responsibility. Much of his work focuses on the creation of conditions for rational dialogue, while preserving a rich diversity of points of view, whether at home or in international affairs. Among his nonfiction books are God’s Name in Vain: The Wrongs and Rights of Religion in Politics; Civility: Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy; The Dissent of the Governed: A Meditation on Law, Religion, and Loyalty; The Confirmation Mess: Cleaning up the Federal Appointments Process; and The Culture of Disbelief: How American Law and Politics Trivialize Religious Devotion. He is currently writing a treatise on the ethics of war, and a monograph on what democracy requires.