Ending Wars Well Order, Justice, and Conciliation in Contemporary Post-Conflict Eric D. Patterson

Publication date:
21 Aug 2012
Yale University Press
224 pages: 210 x 140 x 17mm
1 b-w illus.
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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.

"This work is a major contribution to clear thinking and analysis of the problem of successful termination of military conflicts."—Martin L. Cook, Professor and Admiral James Bond Stockdale Chair of Professional Military Ethics at the College of Operational and Strategic Leadership (United States Naval War College)