The next talk in the Philosophy Program’s Occasional Paper series will discuss, "The War on Terror and Just War Theory - Moral and Political Arguments to Revise National and International Laws of War to Better Combat Terrorist Threats."
The talk with a Q&A session to follow will take place on Monday, Feb. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in room UC272 of the James M. Baker University Center. It is free and open to the public.
James Ruvalcaba, Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.), a former Cobra Attack Helicopter Pilot and Marine Corps Fellow to the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, will present some thoughts and lead a discussion on this relevant topic.
With the rise of asymmetric terrorist threats, controversy plagues policymakers, nation states, and their respective military organizations on how best to combat this evolving threat. Critics argue that the Geneva Conventions, codified more than 65 years ago, do not adequately address relevant ways to engage, interrogate, detain, and prosecute terrorists or enemy combatants. In light of these shortcomings, there are numerous moral and political arguments as well as historical context in Just War Theory that support the call to redefine the national and international protocols to address this modern-day pressing dilemma.