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Asymmetric KillingRisk Avoidance, Just War, and the Warrior Ethos$
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Neil C. Renic

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198851462

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198851462.001.0001

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Asymmetric Violence and the State of the Field

Asymmetric Violence and the State of the Field

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Asymmetric Killing

Neil C. Renic

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the literature addressing the challenge of radical asymmetry, with a particular focus on gaps in the research. The most significant of these is the consistent failure of existing sources to engage the principle of reciprocal risk in a theoretically and historically rigorous way. This chapter then outlines the methodological response of this book. It will first determine the extent to which—amidst the change and variance of the history of war—a thread of reciprocal risk has endured as an underpinning assumption in both the warrior ethos and Just War Tradition. Alongside this, the book will undertake a more specified analysis of the asymmetry-challenges of military sniping, manned aerial bombing, and UAV-exclusive violence.

Keywords:   casualty aversion, risk-transfer, risk-free warfare, force protection, discrimination, non-combatant immunity, military necessity, democratic peace theory, radical asymmetry

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