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18. David Wippman, Law, and Matthew Evangelista, Government (eds.)

David Wippman and Matthew EvangelistaNew Wars, New Laws? Applying the Laws of War in 21st Century Conflicts (Transnational Publishers, 2005). Was the 2002 U. S. Predator attack in Yemen part of an international armed conflict or was it outside the context of war? To what extent do new wars call for new laws? Wars are more complex today, and adversaries are often members of terrorist groups with no allegiance to a single country, bringing about a change in wartime tactics for countries like the United States. Wippman and Evangelista have brought together experts on laws of war from academia, the military, and the NGO community to examine the issues surrounding September 11th and its aftermath. The authors analyze the definition of armed conflict, the identification of military objectives, the legitimacy of targeted killings, and when to apply the laws of war as opposed to a law enforcement paradigm. They reveal how armed conflicts are changing, pushing the limits of existing international and national laws about how wars are fought.

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