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Just War ReconsideredStrategy, Ethics, and Theory$
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James M. Dubik

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813168296

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813168296.001.0001

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Dialogue and the Nature of War

Dialogue and the Nature of War

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Just War Reconsidered

James M. Dubik

University Press of Kentucky

The ability of civil and military bureaucracies to translate the war-waging decisions that emerged from the second dialogue into action, then adapt as events unfolded, also contributed to turning potential failure into potential success. An “unequal dialogue” is necessary, but the account so far is insufficient for two reasons. First, dialogue—however good it is and however likely it is to produce right decisions—must be followed by action. In the principal-agent framework, execution is a matter of monitoring regimes to ensure compliance, that is, civilian monitoring to ensure that the military does what the civilians want done, the way they want it done. In the unequal dialogue framework, content is important, but a discussion of execution is mostly absent. Second, an unequal dialogue requires a proper civil-military relationship environment. Such an account is inadequate, for in practice it is unlikely to produce the kind of dialogue required. Correctly so, the unequal dialogue framework identifies respect and candor between senior political and military leaders as necessary to make the dialogue work, but it leaves unattended the important role that senior political leaders play in setting the right climate for a proper dialogue.

Keywords:   military, principal-agent, unequal dialogue, civil-military

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