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Ethics as a Weapon of War: Militarism and Morality in Israel

Ethics as a Weapon of War
James Eastwood, Queen Mary University of London

Date: 27 November 2018Time: 5:45 PM

Finishes: 27 November 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Lecture

Lecture by James Eastwood on his book Ethics as a Weapon of War: Militarism and Morality in Israel (Cambridge University Press, 2017). What role does ethics play in modern-day warfare? Is it possible for ethics and militarism to exist hand-in-hand? Eastwood examines the Israeli military and its claim to be 'the most moral army in the world'. This claim has been strongly contested by human rights bodies and international institutions in their analysis of recent military engagements in the West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon. Yet at the same time, many in Israel believe this claim, including the general public, military personnel and politicians. Compiled from extensive research including interviews with soldiers, Eastwood unpacks the ethical pedagogy of the Israeli military, as well as soldier-led activism which voices a moral critique, and argues that the belief in moral warfare doesn't exist separately from the growing violence of Israel's occupation. 

James Eastwood is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary. He joined Queen Mary in 2016 and prior to this he taught at SOAS University of London, where he also completed his PhD in 2015. Eastwood's research concentrates on the relationship between militarism and the ethics of war, with a particular focus on the case of Israel. As part of his doctoral research, Eastwood spent many months living in Israel/Palestine in order to conduct interviews and participant observation and to improve his knowledge of Hebrew. His PhD thesis was jointly awarded the Michael Nicholson prize for the best doctoral thesis by the British International Studies Association in 2016.

Chair: Laleh Khalili, SOAS

Admission Free - All Welcome

Organiser: London Middle East Institute, Centre for Palestine Studies and Centre for Jewish Studies

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