The Gamble of War

Is It Possible to Justify Preventive War?

  • Authors
  • Ariel Colonomos

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Ariel Colonomos
      Pages 1-13
  3. On the Forms of Preventive War

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Ariel Colonomos
      Pages 53-75
  4. Waging War

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-79
    2. Ariel Colonomos
      Pages 81-98
    3. Ariel Colonomos
      Pages 99-144
    4. Ariel Colonomos
      Pages 145-173
  5. Moral Luck

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Ariel Colonomos
      Pages 177-207
    3. Ariel Colonomos
      Pages 209-230
  6. Conclusion

    1. Ariel Colonomos
      Pages 231-236
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 237-277

About this book


This book analyzes the justification of preventive war in contemporary asymmetrical international relations. It focuses on the most crucial aspect of prevention: uncertainty. It builds a new framework where the role of luck—whether military, political, moral, or normative—is a corrective to the traditional approaches of the just war tradition.


international relations Just War prevention

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