Special Symposium on the Afghanistan War Published by Ethics & International Affairs, the Journal of the Carnegie Council
NEW YORK, July 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Coinciding with President Obama’s announcement of a major troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, Ethics & International Affairs has published a special symposium on the ethics of the War in Afghanistan.
The symposium features a lead article by Richard W. Miller of Cornell University, author most recently of Globalizing Justice: The Ethics of Poverty and Power (Oxford, 2010) and responses by George R. Lucas (U.S. Naval Academy), Darrel Moellendorf (San Diego State), Jeff McMahan (Rutgers), David Rodin (Oxford), and Fernando R. Teson (Florida State).
Miller argues that the United States has a moral duty actively to pursue negotiations with the Taliban and Pakistan to achieve a political settlement conceding control of the Pashtun countryside to the Taliban. Sharply opposing the President’s approach, he urges an end to the U.S. offensive in the Taliban’s heartland and a quick, steep reduction of U.S. forces. “Every day spent on more violent paths,” he claims, “has added to the toll of deaths and wrecked lives wrongfully caused by the United States.”
The five distinguished respondents engage with Miller’s argument, challenging its premises and prescriptions. For instance, Fernando Teson argues that “the United States would be perpetrating a major injustice if it enabled the Taliban to rule over any part of the territory and over any person,” and that “the only way to stop principled evildoers” such as the Taliban is by continued military action.
Full-length articles from the symposium are available for a limited time through the Carnegie Council at www.carnegiecouncil.org/resources/journal/index.html and from the journal’s publisher, Cambridge University Press, at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=EIA&tab=currentissue.
Additionally, symposium participants may be available for comment on President Obama’s recent troop withdrawal announcement or the ethics of the Afghanistan War more generally.
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