Volume 24, Issue 1, Spring 2010
Ethics and US Af-Pak Policy
Order, Justice, and Conciliation
Just war thinking applies to the conflict Afghanistan, particularly that underdeveloped part of the just war tradition that deals with war’s end and post-conflict (jus post bellum). This essay considers the some of the fundamental ethical challenges of the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan, arguing that by considering a jus post bellum framework of Order, Justice, and Conciliation we can address some of the great ethical issues faced by the US government in Afghanistan today. More specifically, this essay will focus on three ethical challenges:
• The moral imperative of establishing and enduring political order.
• The conflict between our ideals of justice and those of many Afghans.
• Establishing a foundation for conciliation among warring parties.