The Ancient Art of Modern Warfare

E56: The Law of War; I’m not dead yet!

June 12, 2022

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine disproves many recent predictions about the future of war. This includes the predictions about the death of the law of war. The perception of the legitimacy of war depends in large part on seemingly ancient notions of Jus Ad Bellum and Jus in Bello. The war in Ukraine shows that legitimacy, or loss of legitimacy, has serious consequences.


For more information on the material in this podcast see:


“The End of History”:


“The Laws of War on Land”:


“Should the Laws of War Apply to Terrorists?”


“On the Nature of War”: Helmuth von Moltke:


Defense Department Law of War Manual: Law of War Manual - June 2015 Updated Dec 2016.pdf?ver=2016-12-13-172036-190


"Russia’s military is incompetent. That makes it more dangerous."


Col. Christopher T. Mayer, US Army Retired, is a former instructor of the US Army Command and General Staff College and the Naval War College, guest lecturer on national security at academic institutions in the United States and Europe, and developed operational and organizational concepts for future warfare. He is a veteran of combat operations in Iraq and peacekeeping operations in Africa and the Balkans.


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