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Point of attack : preventive war, international law, and global welfare
Yoo, John, author.
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Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2014]
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xii, 259 pages ; 25 cm
War and the new millennium -- Imperial versus humanitarian wars -- From just war to false peace -- Force rules -- Wars of global welfare -- Great power security -- Failed states.
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The world today is overwhelmed by wars between nations and within nations, wars that have dominated American politics for quite some time. Point of Attack calls for a new understanding of the grounds for war. In this book John Yoo argues that the new threats to international security come notfrom war between the great powers, but from the internal collapse of states, terrorist groups, the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and destabilizing regional powers. In Point of Attack he rejects the widely-accepted framework built on the U.N. Charter and replaces it with a new systemconsisting of defensive, pre-emptive, or preventive measures to encourage wars that advance global welfare. Yoo concludes with an analysis of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, failed states, and the current challenges posed by Libya, Syria, North Korea, and Iran.

Author Notes

John Yoo is the Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. As a Justice Department official, John Yoo advised the Bush administration on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He served as generalcounsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and as a law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Professor Yoo is the author of more than 75 law journal articles and a regular contributor to majorAmerican editorial pages. He is co-author (with Julian Ku) of Taming Globalization: International Law, the U.S. Constitution, and the New World Order (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
1 War and the New Millenniump. 1
I War Todayp. 6
II Force Rulesp. 10
III Toward a New International Systemp. 16
2 Imperial Versus Humanitarian Warsp. 25
3 From Just War to False Peacep. 43
I From Ancient to Early Modern Timesp. 44
A War and Ancient Greecep. 44
B The Roman Empire and Just Warp. 47
C Just War and Christianityp. 50
II From the Early Modern Period to the Twentieth Centuryp. 54
A Public International Lawp. 55
B Jus in Bellop. 58
C Reason of Statep. 61
D Balance of Powerp. 63
III Just War Doctrine and Collective Securityp. 65
A Just War in the Twentieth Centuryp. 68
B Just War Theoryp. 69
C Collective Security and the United Nationsp. 75
IV Conclusionp. 80
4 Force Rulesp. 83
I Incorporating Expected Harmp. 83
II Rules versus Standardsp. 93
III Imminence in the Age of Terrorp. 97
5 Wars of Global Welfarep. 107
I Laws That Rule Individuals Cannot Rule Warp. 108
II War As "Not the Ugliest of Things"p. 112
III Changing the War Calculusp. 117
IV War for Public Goodsp. 121
V Conclusionp. 119
6 Great Power Securityp. 131
I The UN Charters Failed Promisep. 133
II The Legitimacy of Preventive Warsp. 140
III Toward a New Concertp. 148
IV Conclusionp. 155
7 Failed Statesp. 159
I The Problem of Failed Statesp. 161
II Responses to Failed Statesp. 171
III Dividing Failed Statesp. 178
A Big is Not Always Betterp. 179
B Failed States and Foreign Interventionp. 182
IV Conclusion: The Iraq Surgep. 188
8 Conclusionp. 193
Notesp. 209
Indexp. 245