One of international law’s primary objective is the maintenance of international peace and security, yet the world remains an unsafe world.  One tool that international law has to achieve its lofty objective is the prohibition on the use of force.  An expansive and permissive interpretation of the use of force against non-state actors is taking root.  This interpretation has the potential to undermine the lofty objectives of international law.  This aspect of the law on the use of force is considered in my lecture.