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Keywords:

  • ethics;
  • political violence simulation

The American military has been engaged in combat operations first conventional and then counterinsurgent for more than 8 years and the issue of political violence from a variety of different directions is an important issue to address in the college classroom. In this paper, we focus on the pedagogy of the ethics of political violence of jus in bello (the ethics of activity within war). We present an overview of three different ethical perspectives that can be applied to ethical dilemmas as they relate to political violence and then a series of scenarios that can be used to start discussions with students about the ethical dilemmas faced by both insurgents and counter insurgents and possible solutions that the ethical literature offers.