Given the egregious devastation caused by wars, the question of why they occur never ceases to be asked. The issue starts with this philosophical questioning, which takes shape in the analysis of different types of actual or potential conflicts: imperialism, nuclear threats, and terrorism and counter-terrorism. It also looks at international justice, peacemaking and the conditions for their effectiveness. Each of the contributions sheds light on Putin’s war against Ukraine. The goal of this issue is to equip us to establish lasting peace, if not the universal peace envisioned by Kant, who argued that democracies do not wage war against each other.

Wars and Peace: The Dossier

Introduction: Useful Knowledge About Wars and Peace
by Sergueï Guriev, Sciences Po’s Provost

‘Why War?’ – A Philosophical Question?
by Frédéric Gros, Centre for Political Research (CEVIPOF)

Counterterrorism: How to Systematically Fail
by Didier Bigo, Centre for International Studies (CERI)

Facing Nuclear Vulnerabilities
by Benoît Pelopidas, Centre for International Studies (CERI)

Imperialism Revealed in the War. Russia Exposed
by Sabine Dullin, Centre for History

Armed Conflict: the Growing Impact of International Law
by Adam Baczko, Centre for International Studies (CERI)

Truth Without Justice? The Law and Mass Crimes
by Julie Saada, Law School

Transitional Justice and Property: Inextricably Linked
by Helena Alviar Garcia, Law School

UN Peacekeeping: 3 Strategies on The Ground
par Chiara Ruffa, Centre for International Studies (CERI)

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