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|ASIAN480 Topics in East Asian Studies: The Ethics of War||A Lust||Jan 7 - Jan 25||W-1-031|
Wheatley Bldg, 1st Floor, Room 031
|MTuWThF||12:00 - 2:30pm||3||1090||$1020|
Description for ASIAN480:
The United States is fighting wars in the Middle East and Central Asia and strengthening its military forces in East Asia. This is a good time to reexamine the law and morality of war. When should we go to war: to protect ourselves against aggression, to preempt an imminent attack, or to prevent a rival from becoming too powerful? Do we have the right — or even a responsibility — to overthrow despotic governments and to intervene in ethnic and religious civil wars? When fighting a war, how should we distinguish between combatants and noncombatants? Can we target civilians or use measures that cause large civilian casualties, such as blockades, the destruction of infrastructure, and nuclear weapons? Should we torture suspects to prevent terrorist attacks?
We will read works by Western and Asian (especially Chinese, Indian, and Arab) religious thinkers, philosophers, and political scientists and international legal conventions. Case studies will focus on Asia, but cover other regions as well.