Winter 2017

The Epidemiologic Challenge to the Conduct of Just War: Confronting Indirect Civilian Casualties of War

Paul H. Wise

Most civilian casualties in war are not the result of bombs and bullets; they are due to the destruction of the essentials of daily living, including food, water, shelter, and health care. But these “indirect” effects are often invisible, and are largely neglected by just war principles and global humanitarian response. Paul H. Wise suggests that recent technical advances make such neglect increasingly unacceptable: our improved ability to measure indirect effects and the unprecedented progress of our ability to prevent or mitigate the indirect casualties of war.

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