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Point of AttackPreventive War, International Law, and Global Welfare$
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John Yoo

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199347735

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199347735.001.0001

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Wars of Global Welfare

Wars of Global Welfare

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(p.107) 5 Wars of Global Welfare
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Point of Attack
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John Yoo

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199347735.003.0005

Expanding the bounds of anticipatory self-defense will still not include all of the wars needed to protect international peace and security. Negative externalities produced by failed states, human rights catastrophes, terrorism, and WMD proliferation, may not directly threaten the security of any individual nation for purposes of self-defense. International law should adapt to these new threats by allowing nations to use force when the expected benefits of war outweigh its expected costs.

Keywords:   Preventive war, preemption, self-defense, externalities, international public goods, expected benefits

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