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War and War CrimesThe Military, Legitimacy and Success in Armed Conflict$
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James Gow

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199327027

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199327027.001.0001

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Strategy and Justice

Strategy and Justice

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War and War Crimes

James Gow

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the possible ways that defence professionals form opinions on the impact of war crimes issues. These war crimes issues centre on the ability to do one’s job, strategy, and the relations between civilians and military personnel. An analysis of how these war crimes issues affect and impact upon operational considerations is included. This analysis centres on the response of the military towards the pressures created by accusations of war crimes, and is composed of three stages. The first looks at the degree to which senior military personnel are able to perceive an increase in the attention towards war crimes. The second stage focuses on the relevance of context, while the third stage of the analysis is about judgement and making decisions.

Keywords:   war crimes, defence professionals, strategy, civil–military relations, operational considerations, senior military personnel, judgement

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