Discourses about war

BICC aims to understand and assess the wide gap between the narrow legal definition of ‘war’ and the use of military violence by many states. One can observe the rise of a wide range of terms, which aim to link forms of organized violence to generally accepted norms of morality. Such discourses often emerge to provide legitimacy to military interventions as shown by the discussions on the responsibility to protect (r2p) or counterinsurgency. The emergence and use of combat drones may also point to the changing nature of war, both with regard to the technologies employed as well as the ways in which warfare becomes (de-)legitimized in policy discourses.