Military Ethics: An Introduction with Case Studies

Paperback | July 25, 2012

byStephen Coleman

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Military Ethics: An Introduction with Case Studies provides an accessible introduction to the ethical issues faced by today's junior and mid-ranking military personnel. Offering an exceptionally practical perspective, it includes more than fifty engaging case studies - personal, historical,and fictional accounts - that give students a birds-eye view of various real-world ethical dilemmas. Opening with an introduction to ethics and an overview of ethical theory, the book goes on to discuss ethical problems related to: the use and misuse of power and authority; discrimination andproportionality in traditional conflicts, irregular wars, and humanitarian military interventions; supreme emergency, terrorism, and responses to terrorism; and much more. Military Ethics is enhanced by suggestions for further reading, an abbreviation key, an extensive bibliography, and an appendix including a list of the international treaties that make up the Law of Armed Conflict. A companion website at features lecture notes, additional casestudies, and discussion questions.

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Military Ethics: An Introduction with Case Studies provides an accessible introduction to the ethical issues faced by today's junior and mid-ranking military personnel. Offering an exceptionally practical perspective, it includes more than fifty engaging case studies - personal, historical,and fictional accounts - that give students a ...

Stephen Coleman is Program Director, Military Ethics at the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society and Vincent Fairfax Foundation Fellow at The University of New South Wales, Canberra, located at the Australian Defence Force Academy.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 0.68 inPublished:July 25, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceList of Abbreviations1. INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS ETHICS? WHAT IS AN ETHICAL DECISION?What is ethics and why should I study it?Law and ethicsEthical dilemmas and tests of integrity2. ETHICAL THEORY: AN OVERVIEWCase Study 2.1: The Runaway Railway CarCase Study 2.2: The Spare Parts SurgeonEthical considerationsTheories of value and theories of ethicsEthical theory: ConsequencesCase Study 2.3: First Use of the Atomic BombCriticizing consequentialismEthical Theory: Principles and dutiesCase Study 2.4: Shooting the Downed PilotCriticizing deontologyEthical Theory: CharacterCase Study 2.5: Marines Don't Do ThatIs ethics simply relative?Integrating theories of ethics3. PROFESSIONAL ETHICS, DUTIES, AND OBLIGATIONSCase Study 3.1: The HMAS Westralia FireDiscussionThe profession of armsRole moralityMilitary values and military virtueCase Study 3.2: Leave No One BehindCase Study 3.3: The Training CourseThe Triangular BalanceCase Study 3.4: Military Dispute over Casualties in AfghanistanCase Study 3.5: Esequiel Hernandez Shooting4. JUST WAR THEORY: TRADITIONAL ISSUES OF iJUS AD BELLUM/iCase Study 4.1: The 1991 Gulf WarCase Study 4.2: The 2003 Invasion of IraqDiscussionAlternative theories on warA very brief history of just war theoryEthics and international lawImplementing the principles of jus ad bellumCase Study 4.3: The Korean WarCase Study 4.4: The Six Day WarCase Study 4.5: Israeli Attack on Iraq's Osirak Nuclear ReactorCase Study 4.6: The Falklands WarAssessing the two gulf wars5. JUST WAR THEORY: MODERN ISSUES OF iJUS AD BELLUM;/i HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION, INSURGENCY, AND COUNTER-INSURGENCYCase Study 5.1: Operation Cast LeadCase Study 5.2: The 1999 NATO Intervention in Support of KosovoDiscussionOf countries, states, and nationsThe basics of ijus ad bellum/i and insurgencyCase Study 5.3: The Fight Against ApartheidJus ad bellum and difficult insurgency casesJus ad bellum and counter-insurgencyCase Study 5.4: Israel, Uganda, and the Entebbe IncidentJustification for humanitarian interventionCase Study 5.5: The Rwandan GenocideCase Study 5.6: Intervention in East TimorResponsibility to protect6. POWER AND AUTHORITY: GIVING AND FOLLOWING ORDERSCase Study 6.1: Ehren Watada and IraqCase Study 6.2: Marine Advance on BaghdadDiscussionConsidering AuthorityCase Study 6.3: Wearing Body Armour in AfghanistanCase Study 6.4: The Logistics Officer's ProblemThe ethical problems of ordersCase Study 6.5: Orders to HMS AlacrityCase Study 6.6: Placing the StrobeCase Study 6.7: Come Right!Case Study 6.8: Reinterpreting Orders7. DISCRIMINATION AND PROPORTIONALITY I: TRADITIONAL ISSUES OF iJUS IN BELLO/iCase Study 7.1: Airpower and Marine AssaultDiscussionDiscriminationThe ethical permissibility of targeting combatantsThe principle of non-combatant immunityCase Study 7.2: The Incident at the Fallujah MosqueProportionalityCase Study 7.3: Sinking of the General BelgranoCase Study 7.4: The Dam Busters RaidModern Assessment of collateral damageCase Study 7.5: Conviction of Milan Marti?Summary8. DISCRIMINATION AND PROPORTIONALITY II: iJUS IN BELLO/i IN IRREGULAR WARSCase Study 8.1: Casualties in the 2008-2009 Gaza WarDiscussionDiscrimination in irregular warsCase Study 8.2: Defending the Crashed HelicopterRules of Engagement and Civilian Casualties in Irregular WarsCase Study 8.3: Assault on a Taliban CompoundDifficult cases of discrimination in irregular warsCase Study 8.4: Israel and Targeted KillingProportionality in irregular wars9. DISCRIMINATION AND PROPORTIONALITY III: iJUS IN BELLO/i IN HUMANITARIAN OPERATIONSCase Study 9.1: NATO Attacks and Dual-Use TargetsDiscussioniJus in bello/i in armed humanitarian operationsDual-use targetsPeacekeeping or peacemakingCase Study 9.2: Protecting Civilians by Endangering TroopsCase Study 9.3: The Baby RamCase Study 9.4: The Child SoldierCase Study 9.5: Moscow Theatre Siege10. ISSUES OF SURRENDER AND DETENTIONCase Study 10.1: Operation Red WingsDiscussionSurrenderCase Study 10.2: White Flags in Desert StormCase Study 10.3: After the BattlePrisoners of warCase Study 10.4: The Sniper and the Murderer11. SUPREME EMERGENCY, TERRORISM AND TORTURECase Study 11.1: The Petraeus Letter to the TroopsDiscussionSupreme emergencyCase Study 11.2: The Decision to Bomb German CitiesSupreme emergency and terrorism in the modern worldSupreme emergency and counter-terrorism in the modern worldCase Study 11.3: The Ticking Bomb in ParisCase Study 11.4: The Ticking Bomb in Sri Lanka12. CONCLUSIONThe competent military leader and the good military leaderAppendix: The laws of armed conflictBibliographyIndex