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Syria and Just War – What chance success


This is the last in a series of blogs that looks at the application of the just war tradition to the current political debate regarding military intervention in Syria. The first provided a gentle introduction to the just war tradition. The … Continue reading

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Syria and Just War – Proportionality


This is the sixth in a series of blogs that looks at the application of the just war tradition to the current political debate regarding military intervention in Syria. The first provided a gentle introduction to the just war tradition. The … Continue reading

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Syria and Just War – Last Resort


This is the fifth in a series of blogs that looks at the application of the just war tradition to the current political debate regarding military intervention in Syria. The first provided a gentle introduction to the just war tradition. The … Continue reading

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Syria and Just War – Just Authority


This is the fourth in a series of blogs that looks at the application of the just war tradition to the current political debate regarding military intervention in Syria. The first provided a gentle introduction to the just war tradition  to help … Continue reading

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Syria and Just War – Right Intent


This is the third in a series of blogs that looks at the application of the just war tradition to the current political debate regarding military intervention in Syria The first provided a gentle introduction to the just war tradition … Continue reading

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Syria and Just War – Just Cause


This is the second in a series of blogs that looks at the application of the just war tradition to the current political debate regarding military intervention in Syria. The first blog provided a gentle introduction to the just war … Continue reading

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Syria and Just War


It’s been a few weeks, if not months, since I last blogged. Recent events in Syria and the subsequent international debate as to whether some form of intervention might be warranted have stirred me from hibernation. What follows is the … Continue reading

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Of Blind Men and Elephants in Syria


The conflict in Syria is a truly wicked affair. Beyond its human tragedy, its wickedness is evident by its very complexity. Wicked not in the moral sense but rather its resistance to resolution. First coined in 1973 by academics Horst … Continue reading

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Lebanon’s refugee crisis


Whatever happens at next month’s Geneva conference on Syria one thing is clear, the humanitarian crisis caused by the conflict will continue unabated. Indeed, there remains the possibility that the crisis could yet thwart diplomatic efforts by destabilizing neighbouring countries … Continue reading

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The stories we tell about Syria


In my last two blogs I tried to show how the narratives that we create and the stories we tell are sometimes self-serving. Narratives give us comfort. They help in defining ourselves, our beliefs and our responses. They provide a … Continue reading

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