Naval War College Review


James J. McHugh


The Problem or Force in International Relations. The proper use of force has historically been a preeminent concern of mankind. In the domestic environment the progress of centuries has evidenced the development of a highly structured order for the appropriate application of this means of coercion. Societies, bound together by common heritage and a community of interest, have, under the central authority of the state, developed regulations for the use of force covering a broad spectrum of situational hypotheses.