Inadvertent wars, although rare, can be identified in history, and their causes can be explained by analysing prescribed crisis management techniques and the realist security dilemma.
Although IR scholars are intrigued by the role of culture in decision-making during war, little attention has been paid to strategic culture and the key factors leading to its modifications.
The protection of human rights from terrorist threats and the counterterrorism efforts that follow need to be in accordance with human rights standards in order to maintain legitimacy.
A pragmatic approach to Just War Theory is necessary where jus ad bellum is changing, and the blurring of real world situations makes it difficult to decide where jus ad bellum justice lies.
Because individual soldiers have no voice in determining whether or not they want to participate in humanitarian interventions, the merits of such military actions suffer.
The War on Terror has greatly altered the role of Western security services: many changes have been products of the Bush Doctrine, and have been furthered by Obama’s policies.
The Gulf War may be considered a military triumph par excellence; however, a destabilized Iraq must also be considered a disastrous outcome for the U.S. Foreign Policy establishment.
Clausewitz and Sun Tzu’s writings remain relevant, but Clausewitz provides more useful tools to conceptualize the different forms of modern political violence.