Nødvendig dialog

Da Forsvarsministeren åpnet Feltprestkorpsets militæretiske fagseminar om Humanitær intervensjon sist høst, uttrykte hun ønske om at den konferansen kunne føre debatten om bruk av norske militære styrker videre. Hun framholdt at det var viktig å holde debatten gående. Og – ikke minst – hun ønsket den velkommen. Så gikk hun. Og selv om hun hadde gode grunner […]

Humanitær intervensjon

Åpningstale ved Feltprestkorpsets militæretiske fagseminar 14 – 15 september 1999 All ære til Feltprestkorpset for å ha satt dette temaet på dagsordenen i forbindelse med 700-års jubileet for Akershus festning. Opptakten til festningsjubileet, som nå snart er over, kunne jo ikke blitt mer dramatisk enn det ble, med referanse til semi­narets tema. Jeg finner det for […]

«If sovereignty, then nonintervention»*

* This article served as background paper for the author’s lecture delivered at the Norwegian Military Chaplain Corps symposium on military ethics – Humanitarian Intervention, – Oslo 14 September 1999 The book, which evolved out of Vincent’s doctoral work, Nonintervention and Inter­national Order, is a major example of the kind of theory-led empirical investigation of the […]

Army Professionalism, the Military Ethic, and Officership in the 21st Century

Introduction: Army Professionalism and Conflict within the Professional Military Ethos On 25 Jan 1999, a tall, ramrod–straight young combat–arms officer serving in Bosnia with the 1st Armored Division told the about–to–graduate cadets at West Point, I tell my men every day there is nothing there worth one of them dying for. It was a startling admission to […]

Intervention – An Expression of Humanity?*

* Paper delivered at the Norwegian Military Chaplain Corps symposium on military ethics – Humanitarian Intervention, – Oslo 14 September 1999. Let me begin by congratulating the Norwegian Military Chaplain Corps with its engagement in the important area of ethical issues related to the changing environment for military institutions and activities after the cold war. […]

The Historical Distinctives of the Military Ethics

Moral ideals are not, in the first place, the products of reflective thought, the verbal expressions of unrealized ideas, which are then translated [ ] into human behavior; they are the products of human behavior, of human practical activity, to which reflective thought gives subsequent, partial and abstract expression in Words. This view of the […]

Intervensjon, mandat, og legitim autoritet

Lever vi i nyintervensjonismens tidsalder?* *. Foredrag ved Feltprestkorpsets militæretiske fagseminar Humanitær intervensjon, Oslo 14 september 1999. Kosovokrigen og folkeretten – hvorfor bry seg? Et av de mange overordnede tema Kosovokrigen brakte opp, var spørsmålet om den påståtte rett (og plikt?) til humanitær intervensjon og forholdet mellom denne og folkeretten. Dette er spørsmål som ikke bare er […]

Just War in an Unjust World

How far can the Theory of the Just War be extended to Opposing Unjust regimes? Introduction This paper takes as its starting point the developed principles of the Christian theory of the Just War as they stand today. Where these now stand, however, owes much to the fact that in the Cold War era of […]

Humanitarian intervention, force and justice*

* Paper delivered at the Norwegian Military Chaplain Corps Symposium on military ethics – Humanitarian Intervention, – Oslo 14 September 1999. Introduction Humanitarian intervention is one of a group of issues, along with civil wars, con­flict resolution and prevention, that have together formed the central theme of dis­cussion about international security during the 1990s. In both […]

Peacekeeping and the Just War Tradition

Introduction When soldiers consider how to accomplish their ends, they are legally, morally, and pragmatically obligated to consider how much force to use. However, when deciding how much force to use, soldiers initially concern themselves not with how much force should they use, but rather how much can they. The more indirect and long range […]