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Core Issues of European Military Ethics

In October 2023, servicemen and women from 19 nations participated in the first military exercise for the planned EU Rapid Deployment Force in Rota, Spain. The sheer practical dimensions of such multinational operations are likely to pose great challenges for the militaries involved.

Regardless of these aspects or the debate about joint European armed forces, this edition aims to explore the question of whether there is such a thing as European military ethics. It is a question which the International Society for Military Ethics in Europe (EuroISME) has been considering for years. To answer it satisfactorily would probably require several editions of Ethics and Armed Forces.

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Military Ethics and Military Ethics Education: In Search of a “European Approach”

Lonneke Peperkamp
Kevin van Loon
Deane-Peter Baker
David Evered

Curricula and training programs can tell a lot about a common understanding of military ethics

Just peace despite war? In defense of a criticized concept

Markus Thurau

Despite all the current wars, the doctrine of just war remains outdated

Russian Invasion of Ukraine. Not a Bit of the Old Ultraviolence

Arseniy Kumankov

The right conclusions must be drawn from Revisionist Just War Theory

Military Ethics Education – Bridging the Gap or Deepening the Chasm?

Dragan Stanar

Professional militaries do not stop being citizens just by putting on their uniform

The Retransformation of Soldiers’ Identities

Patrick Hofstetter

In order to form soldierly identities, we have to determine them empirically

The Army is No Place for a Warrior

Christopher Ankersen

Leave Achilles, Lancelot and others mythical heroes where they belong

“Try to get more emotion into the classroom”

Deanna Messervey

Ethics education should take appropriate account of ethical risk factors

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