Category: International Politics

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

Iraq Voting

You know that the voting in Iraq on Sunday was a success because even NPR was lauding it. Yesterday afternoon on the left-leaning news show “All Things Considered” two interviewees both were excited that the voting was positive. One was...

/ February 1, 2005

Success

Who knows whether initial estimates of 70% will hold up, but clearly the majority of Iraqis turned out in favor of democracy. John Kerry, on Meet the Press, councils caution in celebrating today as a victory as democracy. President Bush,...

/ January 30, 2005

Mohammed and Pop Culture

After meeting with Matt in Seattle and being mildly reprimanded for not having contributed anything to Mere Orthodoxy but only revelling in the enjoyment of reading the opinions of others, I have decided to try my hand at blogging. (It...

/ December 27, 2004