War

Obama, Drones, and Hostages

On Thursday, President Obama announced that a U.S. drone strike accidentally killed one American and one Italian hostage in January. Both men were aid workers...

Call them Daesh: Names, Meaning and ISIS

One thing that I noticed when I first heard media coverage of an Islamist group rising to power in Syria was that it was...

Alumni Venture to Benefit Veterans

It's exciting and uplifting to see so many of our alumni set out to make positive changes in our society once they graduate. This...

The Dangers of Partition as Peace

Recent protests in Kosovo have highlighted the dangers of ethnic partition as a viable conflict resolution policy.
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Former President of Costa Rica delivers DePauw Ubben Lecture

This one is from the archives. We're going through our recent history and curating as many of the interesting videos that discuss ethical issues. In...

Debate: Should the President Be Able to Kill US Citizens Abroad?

Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU's National Security Project, participated in an Oxford University style debate on whether or not the The president has...
A photo of the North Korean-South Korean border

If North Korea Launches a Nuclear Attack, How Should the U.S....

North Korea's threats, most recently against Guam, pose questions of how the U.S. should ethically respond to a nuclear strike ordered by Kim Jong Un.

Just War Theory and the Aims of Trump’s Airstrikes

If Trump's strikes in Syria and Afghanistan are to be considered justified, they must adhere to certain standards of warfare.

Trial by Trump: The Case of Bowe Bergdahl

Donald Trump's harsh condemnation of Bowe Bergdahl's alleged desertion makes trying the case particularly difficult.
photograph of General Qasem Soleimani in military uniform

Jus ad Bellum: US, Iran, and Soleimani

The assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani fits uncomfortably in the Just War tradition and this complicates the US's claim to self-defense.