Accountability for Killing: Moral Responsibility for Collateral Damage in America's Post-9/11 Wars

ISBN : 9780190686147

Neta C. Crawford
504 Pages
160 x 235 mm
Pub date
Sep 2017
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A sophisticated and intellectually powerful analysis of culpability and moral responsibility in war, Accountability for Killing focuses on the causes of many episodes of foreseeable collateral damage. Why was there so much unintended killing of civilians in the U.S. wars zones in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan? Is 'collateral damage' simply an unavoidable consequence of all wars? Why, when the U.S. military tries so hard to limit collateral damage, does so much of it seem to occur? Trenchant, original, and ranging across security studies, international law, ethics, and international relations, Accountability for Killing will reshape our understanding of the ethics of contemporary war.


Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Grammar and Vocubulary; 2. How They Die; 3. Norms in Tension; 4. When Soldiers Snap; 5. Command Responsibility; 6. Organizational Responsibility; 7. Political Responsibility; 8. Public Responsibility; 9. Conclusion

About the author: 

Neta C. Crawford is Professor of Political Science and African American Studies, Boston University, and author of Argument and Change in World Politics (Cambridge, 2002; winner of the 2003 Robert Jervis and Paul Schroeder Best Book Award, International History and Politics section of the APSA)

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