Theme: How to End a War
Subtitle: Peace, Justice, and Repair
Type: 2019 Ethics of War and Peace Conference
Institution: Department of English and Philosophy, United States
Military Academy West Point
Location: West Point, NY (USA)
2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of
Versailles which officially ended World War One. The treaty is
infamous for failing to resolve the conflict and setting the stage
for World War Two. As the United States struggles to find resolutions
to its two longest wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, we will gather to
examine the theme, "How to End a War: Peace, Justice, and Repair."
This topic incorporates the issues of jus post bellum: justice in
settlements, punishments, and reparations. However, the theme is
broader than typical jus post bellum discussions, involving general
social and political issues including reconciliation, forgiveness,
tolerance, memorialization, moral injury and repair.
Invited speakers for the conference include:
Alex Bellamy, Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for the
Responsibility to Protect and Professor of Peace and Conflict
Studies, The University of Queensland, Australia. Author of
Responsibility to Protect: A Defense (Oxford, 2015) and Massacres and
Morality (Oxford, 2012).
Nir Eisikovits, Associate Professor and Director of the Applied
Ethics Center, University of Massachusetts Boston. Author of A Theory
of Truces (Palgrave/MacMillan 2015) and Sympathizing with the Enemy:
Reconciliation, Transitional Justice, Negotiation (Brill-Nijhoff/RoL
Catherine Lu, Professor of Political Science, McGill University.
Author of Justice and Reconciliation in World Politics (Cambridge
University Press, 2017).
Darrel Moellendorf, Professor of International Political Theory and
Professor of Philosophy, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University. Author or
editor of numerous books on global justice and several groundbreaking
articles on justice and ending a war.
Colleen Murphy, Professor of Law, Professor of Philosophy and
Political Science, and Director of Women and Gender in Global
Perspectives Program at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Author of The Conceptual Foundations of Transitional Justice
(Cambridge University Press, 2017) and A Moral Theory of Political
Reconciliation (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
John Nicholson, former commander of U.S. Forces – Afghanistan and
NATO Resolute Support Mission.
Linda Radzik, Professor of Philosophy, Texas A&M University. Author
of Making Amends: Atonement in Morality, Law, and Politics (Oxford
University Press, 2009).
David Rodin, Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Oxford
Institute for the Ethics and Law of Armed Conflict. Author of War and
Self-Defense (Oxford University Press, 2002).
Nancy Sherman, University Professor, Georgetown University. Author of
numerous books including Afterwar: Healing the Moral Wounds of Our
Soldiers (Oxford University Press, 2015).
Lisa Tessman, Professor of Philosophy, Binghamton University. Author
of Moral Failure: On the Impossible Demands of Morality (Oxford
University Press, 2015) and Burdened Virtues: Virtue Ethics for
Liberatory Struggles (Oxford University Press, 2005).
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