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Preventive ForceDrones, Targeted Killing, and the Transformation of Contemporary Warfare$
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Kerstin Fisk

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479857531

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479857531.001.0001

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Beyond Preventive Force

Beyond Preventive Force

Just Peace as Preventive Non-Intervention

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Preventive Force

Deen Chatterjee

NYU Press

The traditional debates of war and peace have become a major focus of controversy in response to the changing nature of warfare in the 21st century, putting in sharp focus the issues of traditional paradigms and their limits, the moral hazards of military response, and the future of warfare. In this chapter I briefly lay out the moral, legal, and policy quandaries of legitimizing preventive intervention as a military option and explain how the new technologies of targeted killing compound these problems. I propose an alternative to the policy of preventive intervention for securing peace, which I call “preventive non-intervention,” by moving away from the just-war approach and instead prioritizing what I call a just peace method. I argue that just peace as preventive non-intervention is the recipe for an equitable global order of trust, cooperation, and dialogue that is so urgently needed today. It underscores the need for a preventive approach that is non-interventionist and proactive. I claim that instead of regarding my idea of just peace as romantic and utopian, we need to see it as an imperative of a new moral realism in today’s world.

Keywords:   Peace, Intervention, Morality, Law, Prevention

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