Targeted killings : law and morality in an asymmetrical world
ed. by Claire Finkelstein, Jens David Ohlin, Andrew Altman
Oxford [etc.] : Oxford University Press, 2012
XX, 496 p. : diagr. ; 25 cm
The questions raised by targeted killing are not going away any time soon : they are at once timely and enduring. This volume is the first appearance in print of a collection that brings together scholars from across disciplines for a sustained and reasoned discussion of these questions. In this introduction are provided material intended to orient readers, coming as they will from a broad range of academic and non-academic backgrounds. Section I explains what is meant by "asymmetric" armed conflict and how terrorism is connected to such conflict. Section II examines the term, "terrorism", sketching and defending a concept of terrorism that informs the various contributions to this volume. Section III describes the two main approaches to assessing the legality and morality of targeted killing : the law-enforcement and the armed-conflict models. Section IV summarizes each subsequent chapter, drawing contrasts and remarking on similarities among them, and Section V offers some brief concluding thoughts.