Ending Wars Well


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Order, Justice, and Conciliation in Contemporary Post-Conflict

Eric D. Patterson

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Though scholars of political science and moral philosophy have long analyzed the justifications for and against waging war as well as the ethics of warfare itself, the problem of ending wars has received less attention. In the first book to apply just war theory to this phase of conflict, Eric Patterson presents a three-part view of justice in end-of-war settings involving order, justice, and reconciliation. Patterson’s case studies range from successful applications of jus post bellum, such as the U.S. Civil War or Kosovo, to challenges such as present-day Iraq.

Eric D. Patterson is associate director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and visiting assistant professor in the department of government at Georgetown University. He lives in Alexandria, VA.

"Eric Patterson convincingly advances a framework for post bellum action that moves beyond battlefield, political, or academics stasis (or inertia).  His ideas challenge policy planners and operators in the field to think and act beyond familiar and insufficient approaches."—Eric Wester

"A profound and pragmatic application of moral principle to the age-old problem of “ending wars well.”  Firmly grounded in philosophy and ethical theory while thoroughly engaged with contemporary political thought, Patterson’s “order, justice and conciliation” framework brings jus post bellum principles into the realm of practical application. This work is a must-read for military professionals, diplomats, or anyone interested in bringing about a lasting peace from the chaos that is war."—Dayne Nix, Associate Professor, Naval War College

“Since the end of the Cold War the most difficult foreign policy dilemmas of the United States and other western powers has not been winning wars but rather dealing with their aftermath.  Remarkably, though, few scholars have given careful thought to justice in this phase.  Until now.  Eric Patterson’s rigorous, elegant, and full treatment will become the standard work on this question, engaged by thinkers and doers alike.”—Daniel Philpott, associate professor of political science and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame, author of the forthcoming Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation (Oxford, 2012)

ISBN: 9780300171136
Publication Date: August 21, 2012
224 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
1 b/w illus.