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371: World Politics and Terrorism
Outline by Adam Farquhar, April 2005
Arend, Anthony Clark. 1998. "Terrorism and Just War Doctrine." Terrorism
and Counter Terrorism. 7(3): 345-354.
I. Part I: Ius ad Bellum and Terrorism
What factors make a war just as compared to the classic authors, such as
Aristotle and Plato?
II. Part II: Ius in Bello and Terrorism
War must be initiated by a competent authority figure.
The war must have a just cause with some sustenance to the cause and be
able to be compared to other situations.
The state must have the right intention, ever thought this can be complicated.
War should be the last resort of a nation that has exhausted all of its
There should be a goal probability or success.
The cost of the war should not out way the good that has come of it.
War must also follow the criteria for Ius in Bello.
III. Part III: Terrorism and Just War Recommendations
Proportionality means that the mean of the war must be equal to the ends.
A state should not attack non-enemy components such as women and children.
The principles of Ius and Bellum
1. There must be competent authority.
2. There has to be a just cause.
3. There has to be a right intention.
4. It has to be a last resort.
5. There should be a good probability for success.
The principles of Ius in Bello
One shouldn’t use the ‘eye for eye’ justice when dealing with terrorism.
Discrimination is very difficult when you can’t tell the terrorists from