The Peace Cross and Separation of Church and State

Bladensburg's monument to veterans raises a number of thorny issues concerning the principle of neutrality, freedom of religion, and the foundations of law.
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Racism, Refugees, and the Ripple Effect

Nationalist rhetoric and policies are gaining traction, emboldening others to follow suit, and undermining our collective commitment to human rights.
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The Letters of Last Resort and MAD Ethics

A holdover from a different time, the Letters of Last Resort signal a strategy of nuclear deterrence whose mode may be outdated, but whose message remains clear.
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Pope Francis, Edward Gallagher, and Just War Theory

From the case of Edward Gallagher to recent statements by the Pope, current events encourage reflection on what it means to wage war ethically.
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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.
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WWIII?: Desensitization, Alarmism, and Anxiety

Does wartime humor indicate a numbness to the violence of war or does it simply betray rising anxieties about an uncertain future?
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Military Operations and Questions of Collective Responsibility

Establishing collective culpability is much more difficult than determining individual responsibility. What do different strategies offer and what part does language play?