Making Endless War

The Vietnam and Arab-Israeli Conflicts in the History of International Law
Brian Cuddy and Victor Kattan, Editors
How two conflicts have shaped the relationship between law and war since 1945
This title is open access and free to read on the web A free online version is forthcoming


Making Endless War is built on the premise that any attempt to understand how the content and function of the laws of war changed in the second half of the twentieth century should consider two major armed conflicts, fought on opposite edges of Asia, and the legal pathways that link them together across time and space. The Vietnam and Arab-Israeli conflicts have been particularly significant in the shaping and attempted remaking of international law from 1945 right through to the present day. This carefully curated collection of essays by lawyers, historians, philosophers, sociologists, and political geographers of war explores the significance of these two conflicts, including their impact on the politics and culture of the world’s most powerful nation, the United States of America. The volume foregrounds attempts to develop legal rationales for the continued waging of war after 1945 by moving beyond explaining the end of war as a legal institution, and toward understanding the attempted institutionalization of endless war.

Brian Cuddy is Lecturer in Security Studies at Macquarie University.

Victor Kattan is Assistant Professor in the School of Law at the University of Nottingham.

Praise / Awards

  • “This is an illuminating collection that challenges us to take seriously who legal arguments speak to and how. This book brims with doctrinal and historical sophistication and shows just how central Vietnam and Palestine were, and are, to the conceptual battles of the law of war.”
    —Naz K. Modirzadeh, Harvard Law School
  • “Contestation over international law rages in our day, and juxtaposing its relevance in two pivotal conflicts is an inspired way to illuminate how law is transforming politics and vice versa. This collection deserves to be widely read across multiple fields.”
    —Samuel Moyn, Yale University

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 322pp.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Hardcover
  • 2023
  • Forthcoming
  • 978-0-472-07587-4

  • $80.00 U.S.

  • Paper
  • 2023
  • Forthcoming
  • 978-0-472-05587-6

  • $34.95 U.S.

  • Open Access
  • 2023
  • Forthcoming
  • 978-0-472-90319-1