2016 Ethics Symposium Archive

The 2016 Fort Leavenworth Ethics Symposium was conducted April 18-21, 2016.

The 2016 theme:

The Ethics of Humanitarian Military Operations and Intervention

The 2016 symposium explored the ethical implications of committing the military in non- traditional roles. For the past several decades a growing debate has emerged regarding the roles of the military and the commitment of forces. This debate is largely in response to the rising number of crises around the world. These events often present widespread, complex problems that require significant resources and expertise. Many have come to view the US military as the nation’s “Swiss Army Knife”, an organization rich in talent and capabilities, able to project worldwide to solve many wide-ranging challenges.

The Program: CGSC issued a call for unpublished papers for the symposium in fall 2015 and selection of papers being presented at the symposium was conducted in December 2015. (Download the detailed Call for Papers.) Authors of the selected papers facilitated lively discussions about their work in breakout sessions during the symposium.

Downloads and other resources

2016 Ethics Symposium Schedule

2016 Ethics Symposium Program – Includes the agenda, panel and breakout session summaries, guest speaker and panel member biographies and other details.


2016 Ethics Papers and Presentations

Opening Remarks – Between Nihilism and Utopianism: Military Intervention, the Tragic and Rescuing the Human
-Download/view Dr. Bell’s ppt presentation.
Daniel M. Bell, Jr., Ph.D.

Why Fight? – An Essay on the Morality of Wars: When to Start them, How to Fight them, and When Not to
Michael Andregg

What is Life Worth in the United States Army Military Justice System?
Aimee M. Bateman and O. Shawn Cupp

The Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention and the Just War Tradition:
Rethinking the Implications of Neighbor-Love in the 21st Century

J. Daryl Charles

Moral Injury Among Perpetrators of Genocide
David Cotter

Framing Bias Revisited from a Linguistic Perspective: Potential Ramifications for Force Integration
Stephanie B. Crawford

Moral Authority to Change Governments?
Shawn Cupp and William L. Knight, Jr.

Responding to Sexual Violence in Conflict
Kathleen G. Dougherty

Taking a Stand: Unilateral Action by the United States in Mass Atrocity Response Operations
Shelley Farmer

A Metric for Military Ethics Instruction
Thomas J. Gibbons

Evaluation of Current Risk Assessment Models for Genocide and Mass Atrocity
Kathryn Gillum

Ethics Committee Model for Humanitarian Operations Planning
Philip W. Ginder

Do Humanitarian Interventions Generate Postwar Obligations?
Michael Growden

Ethical Decision Making: Using the “Ethical Triangle”
Jack D. Kem

Understanding Genocidal Tendencies Within Different Cultures
Brett Lancaster

On the Advancement of Human Rights: Exploring the Ethical Pitfalls of Female Engagement Operations
Richard Ledet, Pete Turner and Sharon Emeigh

Considerations for Planning Humanitarian Operations in Hybrid Warfare
Scott A. Porter

Ethical Implications of Humanitarian Operations in Megacities
Rhonda Quillin