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Just War Theory, Proportionality, Ethics, Force, Special Operations
The thesis examines how a tiered system of proportional rules will provide a better understanding for how to use force outside of a declared conflict. The tiered system provides explicit standards and subprinciples to determine how and when a foreign state can use preventative force on specific targets. The thesis asserts that certain preventative action against immediate and existential threats can be justified, but any demonstration of force cannot continue beyond a threat incident. The thesis evaluates the current demonstrations of force in Mexico, West Africa and situations involving weapons of mass destruction. Through the tiered system, states can proportionally apply direct and indirect force to help prevent incidents while maintaining a higher level of restraint on applying deadly.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Price, Jacob, "Preventative Force and the Rules of Proportionality" (2020). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 140.