Category: International Politics

Jihad and Justice: Augustine's Citizens

Besides distinguishing between two cities: the city of God and the city of man, Augustine also pays close attention to the differences between the members of these two cities. By examining the nature of the populace once can gain a...

/ September 28, 2007

Jihad and Justice: The Two Cities

The conception of just war and its relationship to the state is indispensable in both Christian and Islamic political thought. Since both Christians and Muslims set up right authority as a condition for just war, and further, they take this...

/ September 24, 2007

Jihad and Justice: Islamic Just War Theory, Part 2

Just like Christian just war theory, Muslim scholars have formulated three very similar conditions under which a just war may be waged. Earlier this week we saw that the first condition for just war is that it be prosecuted by...

/ September 21, 2007

Jihad and Justice: Islamic Just War Theory, Part 1

Due to the importance of unity among the believers in Islam, legitimate authorization of war is imperative. The Islamic conception of the ideal government has one ruler (the deputy, or khalifa) at its head. This was modeled most perfectly in...

/ September 17, 2007

Jihad and Justice: The Islamic Context

Before examining the Muslim conception of just war and jihad, let’s take a look at the religious context that has shaped the development of Islamic political theory. Islam is primarily a religion of orthopraxy; it emphasizes the importance of acting...

/ September 14, 2007

Jihad and Justice: Christian Just War Theory, Part 2

Earlier this week I introduced two major contributors to Christian just war theory—Augustine and Aquinas. Both of these men agree that a war can be just only when: it is prosecuted by a legitimate authority, is embarked upon for the...

/ September 7, 2007

Jihad and Justice: Christian Just War Theory

There are three specific similarities between Christian and Islamic conceptions of just war: legitimate authorization, just cause, and right intentions. This week we’ll begin our comparison of these two religious points of view by examining the Christian conception of just...

/ September 3, 2007

Jihad and Justice: Islamic and Christian Theories of War

Look for articles in this series every Monday and Friday…. The invasion of Iraq set off a volley of questions about the justifiability of war that continue to be asked as America, and the world, evaluates the continued presence and...

/ August 31, 2007

Producing for the Motherland: the Nazification of Russia’s Youth

This has to be one of the most bizarre reports I have read in some time: Remember the mammoths, say the clean-cut organisers at the youth camp’s mass wedding. “They became extinct because they did not have enough sex. That...

/ July 30, 2007

East Asian Developments

Paul Musgrave has an excellent summary of recent developments in East Asia. The East Asian security story is the most consequential of this decade. China is rising to power; North Korea’s regime is clinging for life to a nuclear life...

/ February 26, 2005