Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Art of Creating PowerFreedman on Strategy$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Benedict Wilkinson and James Gow

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190851163

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190851163.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 25 October 2021

Ethics in Asymmetrical War

Ethics in Asymmetrical War

(p.85) 5 Ethics in Asymmetrical War
The Art of Creating Power

Mervyn Frost

Oxford University Press

This chapter extends the analysis of strategy and international security in the twenty-first century, and the ethical problems Western liberal polities face in managing international security and confronting enemies in asymmetric warfare. It focuses on the notion of ‘ethical leverage’; this is a world in which power is levered through ‘ethical criticism.’ Wherever a Western liberal actor can be portrayed as acting in a manner inconsistent with its own standards, it will be damaged strategically. There are things that states and individuals ought not to do if they wish to maintain their ethical standing and the associated influence and power that go with it. It is the flouting of the West’s international norms that provides the only source of international power for the weaker party in such wars. This conjunction of strategy and ethics epitomizes the balance between power and both ethics and social construction found in Freedman.

Keywords:   Freedman, Ethics, Ethical Leverage, Ethical Criticism, Strategy, Asymmetrical Warfare

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .