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Intervention? Yes, it’s Just War: Analyzing the possibilities of justifying a U.S. intervention according to the Just War Theory
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study will focus on examining the probabilities of justifying military interventions. In order to conduct this study, the U.S. will be the subject of interest. The paper will discuss and analyze the case of justifying an intervention by the U.S. in Syria. The analysis will be based on the Just War Theory by the medieval philosopher Thomas Aquinas. To be able to conduct this study, official statements by the US government will be used to understand their reasoning concerning the subject. Mainly, statements will from the current and former heads of state, the American presidents, be analyzed. In the analysis of the paper, the criteria of the Just War Theory will be applied to the U.S. case with the objective to determine if the statements could justify an intervention. The outcome of Discussion and Conclusion reached the result that it would be justifiable for the U.S. to intervene in Syria. However, it becomes clear that the question of legitimate warfare and interventions are more complex than expected.

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2019. , p. 32
Keywords [en]
Just War Theory, Thomas Aquinas, Syria, Chemical Weapons, legitimacy
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-384704OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-384704DiVA, id: diva2:1321326
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Political Science
Educational program
Bachelor Programme in Political Science
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Available from: 2019-06-11 Created: 2019-06-07 Last updated: 2019-06-11Bibliographically approved

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