Deane Baker

Associate Professor of International & Political studies
Associate Professor

Dr Deane-Peter Baker was appointed to UNSW Canberra in August 2012. He came to Canberra from Annapolis, Maryland, USA, where he was an Assistant Professor of Ethics in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the United States Naval Academy for two and a half years. Prior to that Dr Baker was Associate Professor of Ethics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, where he taught for eleven years. His PhD, in philosophy, was awarded by Macquarie University. Dr Baker served briefly in the British Army, and served the South African Army Reserve before resigning in 2009 with the rank of Major. He was Convenor of the South African Army Strategy Research Group and part of the leader group of the Umvoti Mounted Rifles, a reserve armored cavalry regiment. A specialist in both the ethics of armed conflict and military strategy, Dr Baker's research straddles philosophy, ethics and security studies. From 2006 to 2008 Dr Baker was Chairman of the Ethics Society of South Africa. He has held visiting fellowships at the Triangle Institute for Security Studies in North Carolina and the Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College. From 2007 to 2010 Dr Baker was editor of the African Security Review. Dr Baker created the world’s first Massive Open Online Course on the topic of Military Ethics, hosted on the FutureLearn platform. In 2017 he was appointed to the International Panel for the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons.

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PUBLICATIONS

Books
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Baker D-P, 2020, Morality and Ethics at War Bridging the Gaps Between the Soldier and the State, Bloomsbury Academic
2020
Baker D-P, 2016, Citizen Killings Liberalism, State Policy and Moral Risk, Bloomsbury Publishing
2016
Baker D-P, 2011, Just Warriors, Inc. The Ethics of Privatized Force, A&C Black
2011
Baker D-P, 2007, Tayloring Reformed Epistemology Charles Taylor, Alvin Plantinga and the de Jure Challenge to Christian Belief, Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd
2007
Book Chapters
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Baker DP, 2021, 'The robot dogs of war', in Lethal Autonomous Weapons: Re-Examining the Law and Ethics of Robotic Warfare, pp. 25 - 40, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780197546048.003.0003
2021
Baker D, 2020, 'Rethinking the Ethics of Private War', in The Routledge Handbook to Rethinking Ethics in International Relations, Routledge
2020
Baker D, 2017, 'Special Forces and Ethics: A preliminary assessment of the Leadership Challenge', in Olsthoorn P (ed.), Military Ethics and Leadership, Brill, http://www.brill.com/products/book/military-ethics-and-leadership
2017
Baker D; Pfotenhauer D, 2017, 'The Strategic Contractor', in The Strategic Corporal Revisited: Challenges Facing Combatants in 21st Century Warfare, edn. 1st, University of Cape Town Press, Cape Town, South Africa, pp. 55 - 72
2017
Baker D, 2017, 'Closing the circle: Rethinking the connection between research, education and training in military ethics', in Ethics Under Fire
2017
Baker D, 2016, 'Is it Ethical for States to Prevent their Citizens from Working as TCN Military and Security Contractors?', in Berndtsson J; Kinsey C (ed.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Outsourcing Foreign Policy the Role of the Market in 21st Century Warfare, Routledge, New York, pp. 191 - 198, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000442422100018&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2016
Baker D, 2015, 'Introduction', in Key Concepts in Military Ethics, edn. 3, UNSW Press, pp. 163, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/1097-0320(20010301)43:3<163::AID-CYTO1043>3.0.CO;2-U
2015
Baker D, 2015, 'Moral Ambiguity and Ethical Dilemma, 1915 – 2015', in Moral Injury Unseen Wounds in an Age of Barbarism, NewSouth, Sydney, pp. 98 - 111
2015
Baker D, 2015, 'Conclusion', in Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press, pp. 425 - 429, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004228818_018
2015
Baker D, 2015, 'The Military and the Media', in Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press
2015
Baker D, 2015, 'Ending Wars: Jus ex bello and jus post bellum', in Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press
2015
Baker D, 2015, 'Ethical Triangulation', in Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press
2015
Baker D, 2015, 'The Triangular Balance', in Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press
2015
Baker D, 2015, 'Consequentialist Ethics', in Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press
2015
Baker D, 2015, 'Rights', in Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press
2015
Baker D, 2015, 'Civil-Military Relations', in Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press
2015
Baker D, 2015, 'Illegal Orders and Whistleblowing', in Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press
2015
Baker D, 2015, 'Collateral Damage and the Doctrine of Double Effect', in Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press
2015
Baker D, 2015, 'Conscription', in Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press
2015
Baker D-P, 2014, 'Ethics or Politics? The Palmer Commission Report on the 2010 Gaza Flotilla Incident', in Lovell D (ed.), Investigating Operational Incidents in a Military Context: Law, Justice, Politics, edn. International Humanitarian Law Series, Brill, pp. 123 - 145, http://www.brill.com/products/book/investigating-operational-incidents-military-context
2014
Baker D, 2013, 'The Ethics Question: Towards a Normative Framework for PCRD', in Neethling T; Hudson H (ed.), Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development in Africa: Concepts, Role-Players, Policy and Practice, UCT Press, Cape Town, pp. 89 - 110, http://www.uctpress.co.za/
2013
Baker D, 2013, 'The Ethics of Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development in Africa', in Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development: The South African Perspective, University of Cape Town Press
2013
Baker D; Pattison J, 2013, 'Mercenaries and Private Military/Security Companies', in International Encyclopaedia of Ethics, Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 3205 - 3212, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781444367072
2013
Baker D, 2011, 'Tactical Ethics: An evaluation of the Israeli naval commando assault on the MV Mavi Marmara', in Drawing a Line in the Sea: Israel and the Gaza Blockade, Lexington Books
2011
Baker D, 2011, 'To Whom does a Private Military Commander Owe a Moral Duty? Reflections on the Trustworthiness of Private Warriors', in New Wars and New Soldiers: Military Ethics in the Contemporary World
2011
Baker D, 2011, 'To Whom does a Private Military Commander Owe a Moral Duty? Reflections on the Trustworthiness of Private Warriors', in New Wars and New Soldiers: Military Ethics in the Contemporary World, Ashgate
2011
Baker D, 2011, 'Will Global Demand for Private Military Services in Major Conflicts Continue?', in Merchants of African Conflict: More than Just a Pound of Flesh, Institute for Security Studies
2011
Baker DP, 2011, 'To whom does a private military commander owe allegiance?', in New Wars and New Soldiers: Military Ethics in the Contemporary World, pp. 181 - 198
2011
Baker D; O'Neill M, 2010, 'Introduction: Contemporary South Africa and Counterinsurgency', in South Africa and Contemporary Insurgencies: Roots, Challenges and Prospects, University of Cape Town Press
2010
Baker D, 2010, 'Preparing for Hybrid Wars: Structuring, Equipping and Training the South African Army of the Future', in South Africa and Contemporary Insurgencies: Roots, Challenges and Prospects, University of Cape Town Press
2010
Baker D, 2008, 'Introduction: The Ethics and Governance of Private Military and Security Companies', in Private Military Companies: Ethics, Policies and Civil-Military Relations, Routledge
2008
Baker DP, 2008, 'Of 'mercenaries' and prostitutes: Can private warriors be ethical?', in Private Military and Security Companies: Ethics, Policies and Civil-Military Relations, pp. 30 - 42, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203930830
2008
Baker D, 2007, 'Defending the Common Life: National Defence after Rodin', in War, Torture and Terrorism, Blackwell
2007
Baker D, 2007, 'Introduction: Alvin Plantinga, God’s Philosopher', in Alvin Plantinga, Cambridge University Press
2007
Baker D, 2006, 'Introduction', in Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press, pp. 1 - 450, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315888200
2006
Baker D, 2004, 'Charles Taylor', in Great Thinkers A-Z, Continuum Press
2004
Baker D; Maxwell P, 2003, 'Introduction', in Explorations in Contemporary Continental Philosophy of Religion, edn. 3-4, Rodopi, pp. 96 - 98
2003
Baker D, 2003, 'Imago Dei: towards a Transcendental Argument for the Existence of God', in Explorations in Contemporary Continental Philosophy of Religion, Rodopi
2003
Baker D, 2002, 'Ethical Theories', in Handbook for the Code of Professional Ethics, South African Council for Educators
2002
Edited Books
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Baker D; lovell DW, (ed.), 2017, The Strategic Corporal Revisited: Challenges Facing Combatants in 21st Century Warfare
2017
Baker D-P, 2015, Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press
2015
Baker D; Jordaan E, (ed.), 2010, South Africa and Contemporary Counterinsurgency, University of Cape Town Press, Cape Town South Africa, https://juta.co.za/products/south-africa-and-contemporary-counterinsurgency
2010
Alexandra A; Baker DP; Caparini M, 2008, Private military and security companies: Ethics, policies and civil-military relations, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203930830
2008
Baker DP, 2007, Alvin Plantinga, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511611247
2007
Baker D; Maxwell P, (ed.), 2003, Explorations in Contemporary Continental Philosophy of Religion, Rodopi
2003
Journal articles
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Baker D, 2018, 'Special operations remote advise and assist: an ethics assessment', Ethics and Information Technology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10676-018-9483-3
2018
Baker DP, 2016, 'Rebellion and African Ethics', Journal of Military Ethics, vol. 15, pp. 288 - 298, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15027570.2017.1284462
2016
Baker D, 2015, 'Force Protection’s Last Resort: Evaluating the Browning Hi-Power MkIII’s Adequacy for the Australian Army of Tomorrow', The Australian Army Journal, pp. 121 - 134, http://www.army.gov.au/~/media/Army/Our%20future/Publications/AAJ/Current%20Edition/AAJ2015_001_08_Force_protections_last_resort.pdf
2015
Baker D-P, 2015, 'Abortion and Civil Disobedience', AMERICAN CATHOLIC PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY, vol. 89, pp. 139 - 151, http://dx.doi.org/10.5840/acpq2014122345
2015
Baker DP, 2015, 'Epistemic uncertainty and excusable wars', Philosophical Forum, vol. 46, pp. 55 - 69, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/phil.12055
2015
Baker D, 2014, '‘Enter the J.E.D.I.: Enhancing Ethical Performance in the Military through Embedded Excellence’', Scientia Militaria : South African Journal of Military Studies, vol. 42, pp. 177 - 187, http://dx.doi.org/10.5787/42-2-1099
2014
Baker D-P, 2014, '‘Dreams of Battle’: A Small Window into the Evolution of U.S. Army Tactical Ethics, 1921 – 2009', Journal of Military Ethics: normative aspects of the use of military force, vol. 13, pp. 302 - 319, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15027570.2014.990702
2014
Baker D, 2014, 'Gun Bans, Risk and Self-Defense', International Journal of Applied Philosophy, vol. 28, pp. 235 - 249, http://dx.doi.org/10.5840/ijap2014111826
2014
Baker DP; Pattison J, 2012, 'The principled case for employing private military and security companies in interventions for human rights purposes', Journal of Applied Philosophy, vol. 29, pp. 1 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5930.2011.00548.x
2012
Baker D, 2012, 'The South African Navy and Maritime Security', Naval War College Review
2012
Baker DP, 2012, 'Making good better: A proposal for teaching ethics at the service academies', Journal of Military Ethics, vol. 11, pp. 208 - 222, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15027570.2012.738502
2012
Baker D-P; Roberts D, 2011, 'EXTENDING JUST WAR THEORY: THE JUS AD BELLUM AND THE CAPABILITIES APPROACH TO ARMED CONFLICT', Scientia Militaria - South African Journal of Military Studies, vol. 35, http://dx.doi.org/10.5787/35-2-36
2011
Baker D-P, 2011, 'THE FUTURE OF WARFIGHTING', Scientia Militaria - South African Journal of Military Studies, vol. 34, http://dx.doi.org/10.5787/34-1-18
2011
Baker DP, 2010, 'Securing South Africa: A guide for the national planning commission', African Security Review, vol. 19, pp. 90 - 101, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10246029.2010.539815
2010
Baker DP, 2010, 'South Africa's threat environment: A guide for the national planning commission', African Security Review, vol. 19, pp. 54 - 64, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10246029.2010.519878
2010
Baker D, 2009, 'Dawkins’ Moral Argument in The God Delusion', Journal of Theology for South Africa
2009
Baker D, 2009, 'Walterstorff’s Reformed Epistemology', Scriptura: international journal of bible, religion and theology in southern Africa
2009
Baker D-P; Maeresera S, 2009, 'SADCBRIG intervention in SADC member states: Reasons to doubt', African Security Review, vol. 18, pp. 105 - 110, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10246029.2009.9627519
2009
Baker DP, 2009, 'Sources of the self as an argument for theism', Philosophical Papers, vol. 38, pp. 401 - 416, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/05568640903320063
2009
Baker D; Roberts D, 2008, 'Assessing the Capabilities Approach to the Ethics of Armed Conflict: Jus in Bello and the Case of Operation Cobra II', Politeia
2008
Baker D, 2007, 'Agency Theory: A New Model of Civil-Military Relations for Africa?', African Journal on Conflict Resolution
2007
Baker D-P, 2007, 'The AU Standby Force and the Challenge of Somalia', African Security Review, vol. 16, pp. 120 - 123, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10246029.2007.9627422
2007
Baker D, 2007, 'Perceiving God? A Critical Analysis of William Alston’s Reformed Epistemology', Scriptura: international journal of bible, religion and theology in southern Africa
2007
BAKER D-P, 2006, 'Defending the Common Life: National-Defence After Rodin', Journal of Applied Philosophy, vol. 23, pp. 259 - 275, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5930.2006.00340.x
2006
Baker DP; Beck S; Spurrett D, 2006, 'Editorial: New developments at the SAJP', South African Journal of Philosophy, vol. 25, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02580136.2006.10751578
2006
Baker DP, 2005, 'Divine foreknowledge - So what?', Heythrop Journal - Quarterly Review of Philosophy and Theology, vol. 46, pp. 60 - 65, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2265.2005.250_1.x
2005
Baker D, 2005, 'Moral Asymmetry in Contemporary Warfare', Theoria: a journal of social and political theory
2005
Baker DP; Beck S; Spurrett D, 2005, 'Editorial', South African Journal of Philosophy, vol. 24, pp. 61 - 63, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02580136.2005.10751555
2005
Baker DP, 2005, 'Plantinga's reformed epistemology: What's the question?', International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, vol. 57, pp. 77 - 103, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11153-004-1681-8
2005
Baker DP; Beck S; Spurrett D, 2004, 'Editorial', South African Journal of Philosophy, vol. 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02580136.2004.10751540
2004
Baker D, 2003, 'Don’t Kick the Habit’: A Taylorian Critique of Rorty’s Achieving Our Country', Theoria: a journal of social and political theory
2003
Baker D, 2003, 'Condemned to Meaning’: A critical review of recent work on Charles Taylor', Theoria: a journal of social and political theory
2003
Baker D, 2003, 'Taking the Quandary out of Christian Ethics', Journal of Theology for Southern Africa
2003
Baker D, 2003, 'Morality, Structure, Transcendence and Theism: A response to Melissa Lane’s reading of Charles Taylor’s Sources of the Self', International Journal for Philosophy of Religion
2003
Baker D, 2002, 'Transcendental Arguments, The Truman Show and Original Sin', Journal of Theology for Southern Africa
2002
Baker D, 2001, 'Mackie’s ethical theory: is there space for a Taylor-made conception of the good?', South African Journal of Philosophy
2001
Baker D, 2000, 'Charles Taylor’s Sources of the self: a Transcendental Apologetic?', International Journal for Philosophy of Religion
2000
Baker DP, 1999, 'Taylor and Parfit on personal identity: a response to Lötter', South African Journal of Philosophy, vol. 18, pp. 331 - 346, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02580136.1999.10878192
1999
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