In this chapter, we reassert that preventive force can be understood in terms of a continuum, where the scope and severity of preventive force may vary, but the basic logic remains the same: using force in order to stop a suspected, potential threat from emerging at an undefined point in the future. We then attempt to synthesize the scholarship within the volume, in terms of current issues with preventive force. Here we review the authors’ contributions on the following themes: the costs and benefits of employing preventive force, the political causes and consequences of preventive force, and the legal and ethical implications of preventive actions. We then consider the future of preventive force in light of security challenges in the 21st century.
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