Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
For fifteen hundred years, just war theory has provided a moral
framework for thinking about and conducting war. Developed
primarily within the tradition of western Christian political
thought, it has received renewed attention since the attacks of
September 11, 2001 in the fields of political science,
international relations, theology, ethics and military
history. Nations have traditionally approached just war
theory as a set of principles to determine whether to enter and how
to conduct armed conflict. But can this tradition also shine
light on the kind of political questions facing America at this
latter phase of involvement in Iraq? How can just war theory
illuminate the evaluation of America's political goals in
Iraq? Can it help determine the essential objectives among
various "benchmarks for success"?
Dr. Joseph Capizzi, Associate Professor of Moral Theology at
Catholic University, will address such questions, followed by
remarks from Dr. Kim Holmes, Vice President for Foreign and Defense
Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. By explaining what
just war theory is about and what it is designed to achieve, they
will help examine the connections between this tradition of
reflection and the decisions the United States faces concerning
More About the Speakers
Joseph Capizzi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Moral Theology,
The Catholic University of America
With Commentary by:
Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D.
Foreign and Defense Policy Studies,
The Heritage Foundation
Ryan Messmore, D.Phil.