Valerie Morkevičius is the author of Realist Ethics: Just War Traditions as Power Politics, which uses an exploration of the history of the Christian, Islamic, and Hindu traditions to reveal that just war thinking is no stranger to pragmatic politics. Her other work focuses on the intersection between power and ethics, and the applicability of traditional just war thinking to contemporary challenges, including cyberwarfare and information warfare.
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- PhD, University of Chicago, Political Science, 2008
- MA, University of Chicago, Committee on International Relations, 2000
- BA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, East Asian Languages and Cultures/French, 1999
Realist Ethics: Just War Traditions as Power Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2018)
"Military Necessity and Realism: Comparing Permission and Limitation in Christian, Islamic, and Hindu Thought," in Military Necessity and Just War Statecraft: The Principle of National Security Stewardship, Eric Patterson and Marc LiVecche, eds., Routledge, 2023.
"Just War Thinking and Wars of Information: War, Not-War, and the Places Between," in Routledge Handbook of the future of Warfare, Artur Gruszczak and Sebastian Kaempf, eds., Routledge, 2023, 251-261.
“Sovereignty and Authority in the Work of James Turner Johnson,” in Responsibility and Restraint: James Turner Johnson and the Just War Tradition, Eric D. Patterson and Marc LiVecche, eds., Stone Tower Press, 2020, 97-124.
"The Fog of War: Violence, Coercion and Jus ad vim," co-authored with Danielle Lupton, in Jai Galliott, ed., Force Short of War in Modern Conflict: Jus Ad Vim (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2019).
"Just Revolution: Protestant Precedents for Resistance and Rebellion," co-authored with Glenn A. Moots, in Glenn A. Moots and Phillip Hamilton, eds., Justifying Revolution: Law, Virtue, and Violence in the American War of Independence (University of Oklahoma Press, 2018), 35-63.
"Just War: an ethic of restraint or the defense of order?" in Allan Eickelmann, Eric Nelson and Tom Lansford, eds., Justice and Violence: Political Violence, Pacifism and Cultural Transformation (Ashgate Press, 2005), 3-20.
"Pursuing Moral Warfare: Ethics in American, British, and Israeli Counterinsurgency by Marcus Schulzke. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2019. (Review)," in Perspectives on Politics, 17(4), 1261-1262.
"Outsourcing War: The Just War Tradition in the Age of Military Privatization by Amy E. Eckert. Ithaca, NY, Cornell University Press, 2015. (Review)," Political Science Quarterly, 132(2), 2017, 272-275.
"Re-Thinking Legitimate Authority: Incorporating Non-State Actors into the Just War Framework,” Review of Ethics, Authority and War: Non-State Actors and the Just War Tradition, Eric A. Heinze and Brent J. Steele, eds., (New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan, 2009), International Studies Review, 16(1), 2014, 158-160.
- “From Anger to Action: Moral Emotions and the Invasion of Ukraine,” Ethics and International Affairs, 15 March 2022.
- “How do Russia’s reasons for war stack up? An expert on ‘just war’ explains,” The Conversation, 5 March 2022.
- (with Viktor Denisenko and Fabio Belafatti), “Civic Resilience Course For Students,” 22 lessons on media literacy and recognizing disinformation, produced with DebunkEU.org and published on BitDegree, August 2021.
- (with Danielle Lupton), “Was the Killing of Qassem Soleimani Justified?” Political Violence @ A Glance, 6 January 2020.
- (with Deane-Peter Baker, Erin Hahn, Peter Lee, Ian McLeod, Liran Antebi, Mark Hillborne, Rain Liivoja, Robert McLaughlin, Shashank Reddy, and Mathew Wann), “Guiding Principles for the Development and Use of LAWS,” Canberra Working Group, 2019.
- (with Danielle Lupton), “No, Trump probably won’t start a war to divert from his difficulties. Here’s what he’ll do instead,” The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, 17 October 2019.
- (with Danielle Lupton and James Pattison), “Choosing an Ethical and Effective Response to Russian Aggression in Ukraine,” Political Violence @ A Glance, 4 March 2019.
- Research Fellow, Stockdale Center for Ethics and Leadership, United States Naval Academy 2010-2011
- Visiting Assistant Professor, DePaul University, 2008-2010
- Lecturer, Saint Xavier University, 2006-2008
- International relations theory
- Just War
- Ethics of Security, Cybersecurity, and Information Warfare
- Religion and International Conflict
- International Humanitarian Law