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Distinguished Lecture Series: Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank

Lord Guthrie Tuesday 28 January 2014

On Wednesday 22nd January 2014, Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank spoke on the issue of ‘The Just War – the morals and ethics one must consider when going to war’, attracting over sixty people to hear him speak.

In regards to the ethics and morals for a Just War, Lord Guthrie spoke of the six criteria that one must consider before going to war. These points included that it must be a just cause; protection of people, prevention of atrocities and a change in regime that endangered others. He also discussed how one should behave during the war and especially how one should be in the post-conflict period. An important point was that there would be unforeseen consequences, that one cannot predict endings. However, when going to war, one must strive to make things better. After Lord Guthrie spoke, he opened up the discussion to questions from the audience, and many people asked interesting and important questions surrounding the subject.

The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies would like to extend their thanks to Lord Guthrie for speaking on such a thought provoking subject.