Symposium on Morality and Ethics at War

Bridging the gaps between the soldier and the State, by Deane-Peter Baker

In Morality and Ethics of War (Bloomsbury Academic 2020), Deane-Peter Baker goes beyond existing treatments of military ethics to address a fundamental problem: the yawning gap between the diverse moral frameworks defining personal identity on the one hand, and the professional military ethic on the other. Baker argues that overcoming this chasm is essential to minimising the ethical risks that can lead to operational and strategic failure for military forces engaged in today's complex conflict environment. He contends that spanning the gap is vital in preventing moral injury from befalling the nation's uniformed servants. Drawing on a revised account of what he calls 'the Just War Continuum', Baker develops a bridging framework that combines conceptual clarity and rigour with insights from cutting edge psychological research and creates a practical means for military leaders to negotiate the moral chasm in military affairs.

Presented by the UNSW International Ethics Research Group, this symposium brings together esteemed scholars from around the world to discuss and debate Associate-Professor Baker’s analysis.



All welcome, please RSVP before Tuesday 7 December to Ned Dobos on



Deane-Peter Baker is an Associate Professor and Co-Convener (with Prof David Kilcullen) of the Future Operations Research Group in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales, Canberra

Peter Lee is Professor of Applied Ethics and Director of Security and Risk Research and Innovation at the University of Portsmouth, UK

Pauline Shanks Kaurin is Professor and Admiral James B. Stockdale Chair in Professional Military Ethics at the US Naval War College

Charles Anthony Pfaff is Research Professor for Strategy, the Military Profession, and Ethics at the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI), U.S. Army War College, and a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Atlantic Council

Valerie Morkevičius is Associate Professor of Political Science at Colgate University

Michael L. Gross is Professor of Political Science at the University of Haifa

Mervyn Frost is Professor of International Relations at the Department of War Studies, King's College, London



Symposium program