Towards jus post bellum : "ethical warfare" for stabilisation in Iraq and Afghanistan
Jus post bellum : restraint, stabilisation and peace
Leiden : Brill Nijhoff, 2020
p. 333-361 : photogr. tabl.
This chapter is about "ethical warfare" within the study of "military ethics" in conjunction with what is categorized as the "moral component of fighting power" in British defence doctrine. The underlying question that this paper aims to investigate is whether there have been particular problems on operations requiring new emphasis and changes in the understanding and application of ethical warfare and, if so, does the British army need to adapt to them? The British army was committed to the invastion and of Iraq from 2009 to 2009 and to Helmand Province, Afghanistan from 2006 to 2014. These asymmetric conflicts have set the conditions for future interventions in the 21st century. They have however not been easy conflicts to fight and a series of breaches of ethical warfare have occured. These breaches have generally been rectified by the army and new considerations and procedures have been put in place to ensure that the risk of reoccurence is minimised. However, this chapter's author believes that as the corporate memory of events fades there is a risk of unethical actions reoccurring with significant strategic implications for future security of the world.
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