Résumé d’un papier présenté avec Stephanie Lamy à la Euro-ISME Annual Conference 2017 Royal Military Academy, Bruxelles, Belgique, 30 May – 2 June 2017 « Is restraint in war essential for a lasting peace?
« For the past six years, Syria and its allies have been waging a war on civilians and the civil society initiatives which emerged before and during the conflict. Described as “new wars” (Kaldor), this form of hybrid warfare combines state and non-state actors and blurs the traditional distinction not only between combatants and noncombatants of Just War theory (McMahan) but also opens up new theaters of operations, using kinetic, economic and cognitive tactics. It is massively lethal to the population and underscores paradigm shifts for Military Ethics. By pushing back the limits of what horrors are ethically acceptable, the regime coalition forces (Russia, Iran, Syria) forced the United Nations to create a hierarchy of war crimes. The forced displacement seemed preferable to the possible massacre of the entire East Aleppo population. Imposing this compromise in humanitarian values undermines the legitimacy of the United Nations in the peace process as well as the very framework of Jus post bellum.