Does war have a time? The idea of “wartime” is
regularly invoked by scholars and policymakers, but the temporal
element in warfare is rarely directly examined. I came to the
Institute in 2007–08 intent on exploring the history of
war’s impact on...
The security of a nation and the safety of its
population versus the protection of constitutional liberties and
human rights is a quandary that arose in the aftermath of 9/11, but
it is not novel to the twenty-first century. Discrimination
Jihadism today has a strong transnational and anti-Western
character, but this was not always the case. The first jihadists
were revolutionaries who fought in their home countries against
their respective governments from the 1940s onward. Only in...
The point of just war theory is to regulate warfare, to limit
its occasions, and to regulate its conduct and legitimate scope.
Wars between states should never be total wars between nations or
peoples. Whatever happens to the two armies involved...
In this lecture, David Cole, Professor at Georgetown University
Law Center, discusses how it became legal in the United States to
engage in techniques such as water boarding by examining the role
of lawyers in the Justice Department during the...
Conceptions of war and of its uses, and the interaction of the
arts with politics and ideology, are two different but often
related areas of research in which Peter Paret, Professor Emeritus in the
School of Historical
In the public lecture "Terrorism and Just War," Michael Walzer,
Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science, explores
multiple questions: First, what is wrong with terrorism? The query
may seem easy, but it is often answered badly. Second...
Lakhdar Brahimi, former Special Advisor to the Secretary-General
of the United Nations, has spent the last year as a
Director’s Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study,
participating in the School of Social Science’s program on
“The ‘Third World...