U.S. proposals for a war against Iraq raise difficult questions of international politics and ethics that have long been the focus of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Their web page looks at whether such a war will fit the conditions for a just war or other standards of international justice.http://www.nd.edu/~krocinst/media/iraq.html.

The analysis of these issues at the political and strategic level is complemented by consideration of the ethics of war and peace, a continual concern of faculty from various disciplines. Kroc Institute faculty are deeply engaged in the question of whether a coming war with Iraq will fit the conditions of a just war or meets other standards of international justice.

Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame conducts research, education, and outreach programs on the causes of violence and the conditions for sustainable peace.

The Institute’s research agenda focuses on the religious and ethnic dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding; the ethics of the use of force; and the peacemaking role of international norms, policies and institutions, including a focus on economic sanctions and enforcement of human rights. In addition to individual research by faculty in a wide range of disciplines, the Institute organizes collaborative research projects on these themes.