Jean Bethke Elshtain: "Who Should Fight? The Ethics of the Draft"





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Published on Aug 16, 2013

David Kennedy - History, Emeritus at Stanford
Eliot Cohen - Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins
Jean Bethke Elshtain - Social and Political Ethics at University of Chicago Divinity School
Scott D. Sagan (moderator) - (Moderator) Political Science at Stanford

Should citizens be required to serve their country by fighting for it?
Do we think differently about the decision to go to war when only a small number of citizens will fight it?
Do volunteer armies and draft armies fight differently in combat?
This panel discussion focuses on the draft versus the volunteer army in the U.S. Our distinguished panelists examine "who should fight" in a democracy, focusing on the ethical dimension of a state's system of military service.

Jean Bethke Elshtain (Social and Political Ethics, Divinity School, The University of Chicago): Regularly named as one of America's foremost public intellectuals, Elshtain writes frequently for journals of civic opinion and lectures widely in the United States and abroad on themes of democracy, ethical dilemmas, religion and politics, and international relations. Elshtain has authored many books including Women and War; Democracy on Trial (a New York Times' notable book for 1995); and Just War Against Terror: The Burden of American Power in a Violent World (named one of the best nonfiction books of 2003 by Publishers Weekly.

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