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Point of Attack: Preventative War, International Law, and Global Welfare - Podcast

International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
Featuring John C. Yoo, Michael W. Lewis
May 23, 2014

Point of AttackThe world today is overwhelmed by wars between nations and within nations, wars that have dominated American politics for quite some time. Point of Attack?: Preventative War, International Law, and Global Welfare calls for a new understanding of the grounds for war. In this book, University of California at Berkeley School of Law Professor John Yoo argues that the new threats to international security come not from war between the great powers, but from the internal collapse of states, terrorist groups, the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and destabilizing regional powers. In Point of Attack, he rejects the widely-accepted framework built on the U.N. Charter and replaces it with a new system consisting of defensive, pre-emptive, or preventive measures to encourage wars that advance global welfare. Professor Yoo concludes with an analysis of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, failed states, and the current challenges posed by Libya, Syria, North Korea, and Iran. Professor Yoo and Ohio Northern University College of Law Professor Michael W. Lewis explored the premises of Professor Yoo’s book and the ways super powers might respond and adapt to the changing geopolitical landscape.

  • Professor John C. Yoo, Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and author of Point of Attack
  • Professor Michael W. Lewis, Professor of Law, Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law

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