Political Reconciliation, Jus Post Bellum and Asymmetric Conflict

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Abstract

This article concentrates on asymmetrical civil war, one common type of contemporary conflict. My aim is to articulate some of the normative jus post bellum guidelines that should be followed in ending this kind of asymmetrical conflict, and the ideal of just peace that should inform the development of such guidelines. I argue that questions surrounding the just ending and aftermath of asymmetrical conflict should be answered relationally, that is by reference to the kind of relationship such efforts should seek to cultivate. Morally defensible political relationships, I claim, express the general moral values of respect for agency and reciprocity. It is these values, I claim, that processes for ending conflict must express and that inform the regulative ideal of just peace at the core of jus post bellum.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-59
JournalTheoria
Volume62
Issue number145
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • asymmetric conflict
  • jus post bellum
  • just war theory
  • reconciliation
  • transitional justice

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