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The Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy

The Gamble of War

Is It Possible to Justify Preventive War?

Authors: Colonomos, A.

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This book analyzes the justification of preventive war in contemporary asymmetrical international relations. It focuses on the most crucial aspect of prevention: uncertainty. It builds a new framework where the role of luck—whether military, political, moral, or normative—is a corrective to the traditional approaches of the just war tradition.

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Ariel Colonomos is a senior research fellow at the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Recearch) in Paris and a research professor at Sciences Po.

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"As Ariel Colonomos shows in this penetrating book, the fog of war is never thicker than when states contemplate preventive force. Mixing astute commentary on history, ethics, political theory and current events, he offers very wise counsel to political leaders contemplating whether to attack before (they think) they will be attacked."

-Michael Doyle, author of Striking First and Harold Brown Professor of U.S. Foreign and Security Policy at the School of International and Public Affairs, the Department of Political Science, and the Law School, Columbia University

"A brilliant exploration of the vexatious necessity of justifying preventive war when the availability of weapons of mass destruction excludes waiting for an attack to materialize but when uncertainty about the future excludes a 'proportional' response to an attack whose extent is unknown because it has not yet occurred." - Stephen Holmes, Professor of Law and Political Science, New York University


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Gamble of War
Book Subtitle
Is It Possible to Justify Preventive War?
Authors
Series Title
The Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Ariel Colonomos and Éditions Denoël
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-01895-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137018953
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-01894-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-43727-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 277
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations
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