From Civilian Immunity to Just Peace

Author: Kristi Flaherty

Peace Policy Sept 2010Photo: U.S. Army (Flickr)

International law and time-honored ethical traditions prohibit the targeting of civilians in wars. Yet in most recent conflicts, more civilians — women, children, elderly people, and noncombatant men — have been killed than soldiers.

Posts in the September 2010 issue of Peace Policy:

Robert C. Johansen offers 5 ways to strengthen norms of civilian immunity, reduce civilian deaths, and delegitimize terrorism. Read »

Maryann Cusimano Love argues that the U.S. government must learn how to build peace. Read »

George A. Lopez observes that draconian economic sanctions can compound war's destruction long after the bombs stop falling. Read »

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