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Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Thesis: Campus only access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Leadership Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Javier Hildago


In the post 9/11 era America has become increasingly reliant upon the use of targeted killings as a foreign policy strategy. With our increasing use of leadership decapitation as key method of counter-terrorism, it is important to assess not only the legality, but also the morality of this method. Using Just War Theory I will argue that U.S. use of leadership decapitation is morally justified because it uses defensive force against terrorist leaders in order to protect the lives of innocent people.