Asymmetric Ethics? Russian and Western Perceptions of War



The international confusion caused by the Russian annexation of Crimea in February 2014 is a stark reminder of the continuous evolution in modern warfare. As Russian military activities cannot be clearly demarcated from other forms of political activity, the persistent ambiguity between war and peace forces us to reconsider the ethics of war. Is there a universal and commonly acknowledged ethical fundamental between Russia and NATO that may regulate politically motivated behaviour? Or are ethics in the twenty-first century exposed to an increasingly polarised interpretation between Russia and the West?


Military Force Normative Tradition Moral Tradition Moral Constraint Russian History 
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  1. 1.Norwegian Defence ChaplaincyOsloNorway

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