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Tanner Lectures explore pre-emptive war, Nov. 8-9

Michael Doyle, a leading scholar of international affairs and former adviser to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, will deliver the annual Tanner Lectures on Human Values at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 8-9, in McCosh 50.

Doyle will address "Anticipatory Self-Defense: The Law, Ethics and Politics of Pre-emptive and Preventive War." His first lecture will include a critique of existing standards of pre-emptive and preventive military actions. The second talk will focus on what the standards should be and how they would inform judgments of key events such as the U.S. blockade of Cuba during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, Israel's 1981 attack against Iraq's Osirak nuclear plant and the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Doyle is the Harold Brown Professor of International Affairs, Law and Political Science at Columbia University and a visiting professor at Yale Law School. His books include "Ways of War and Peace," "Empires" and "Making War and Building Peace," a study of U.N. peacekeeping efforts written with Nicholas Sambanis.

Doyle served as a special adviser to Annan from 2001 to 2003, with responsibilities including strategic planning, outreach to the international corporate sector and relations with the U.S. government. He recently was named the secretary-general's representative on the advisory board of the U.N. Democracy Fund.

Doyle served on the Princeton faculty from 1987 to 2003 and is the University's Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics and International Affairs Emeritus.

Two scholars will serve as commentators for each of Doyle's lectures: Jeff MacMahan, professor of philosophy at Rutgers University, and Ruth Wedgwood, professor of international law and diplomacy at Johns Hopkins University, for the first; and Harold Hongju Koh, dean of Yale Law School, and Richard Tuck, professor of government at Harvard University, for the second.

The lectures are sponsored by the University Center for Human Values

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