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Just War TheoryA Reappraisal$
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Mark Evans

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748620746

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620746.001.0001

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Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Jus Post Bellum

Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Jus Post Bellum

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(p.177) Chapter 8 Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Jus Post Bellum
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Just War Theory
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Andrew Rigby

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620746.003.0009

Until recently, just war theory has rarely, if ever, engaged with questions about what practices might be required to build the just peace for which a just war should have been waged. Most of the literature on post-conflict social reconstruction has not been concerned with issues of whether there was any justification to the conflicts in question. This chapter brings these debates together by arguing that a just and durable post-conflict peace requires a variety of processes to heal the scars of war sufficiently to open up the possibilities of future peaceful and just co-existence between former enemies. Operating with the non-ideal concept of a peace which is “just enough”, this chapter discusses examples – drawn from numerous conflicts and the aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan genocide in particular – of “memory” or “forgiveness” work as some ways in which former enemies have “dealt with the past” in pursuit of some form of reconciliation. Although context-sensitivity is crucial, some general guidelines can be drawn from such analyses which could provide a peacebuilding framework for jus post bellum.

Keywords:   Just and durable peace, Jus post bellum, Post-conflict reconstruction, Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Rwanda, Genocide, Memory work

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