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Saving Strangers: Humanitarian Intervention in International Society

Nicholas J. WheelerSenior Lecturer, Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth

ISBN13: 9780198296218
ISBN: 0198296215
Published: July 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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The extent to which humanitarian intervention has become a legitimate practice in post-cold war international society is the subject of this book. It maps the changing legitimacy of humanitarian intervention by comparing the international response to cases of humanitarian intervention in the cold war and post-cold war periods. Crucially, the book examines how far international society has recognised humanitarian intervention as a legitimate exception to the rules of sovereignty and;non-intervention and non-use of force. While there are studies of each case of intervention - in East Pakistan, Cambodia, Uganda, Iraq, Somalia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Kosovo - there is no single work that examines them comprehensively in a comparative framework. Each chapter tells a story of;intervention that weaves together a study of motives, justifications and outcomes. The legitimacy of humanitarian intervention is contested by the 'pluralist' and 'solidarist' wings of the English school, and the book charts the stamp of these conceptions on state practice. Solidarism lacks a full-blown theory of humanitarian intervention and the book supplies one. A key focus is to examine how is humanitarian intervention legitimate in present diplomatic dialogues. In exploring how far there has been a change of norm in the society of states in the 1990s, the book defends the broad based constructivist claim that state actions will be constrained if they cannot be legitimated, and that new norms enable new practices but do not determine these. The book concludes by considering how far;contemporary practices of humanitarian intervention support a new solidarism, and how far this resolves the traditional conflict between order and justice in international society.

Humanitarian Intervention and International Society
India as Rescuer? Order versus Justice in the Bangladesh War of 1971
Vietnam's Intervention in Cambodia: The triumph of realism over common humanity?
Good or bad precedent? Tanzania's Intervention in Uganda
A Solidarist Movement in International Society? The case of Safe Havens and 'No-Fly' Zones in Iraq
From Famine Relief to 'Humanitarian War' - the US and UN Intervention in Somalia
Global Bystanders to Genocide: International Society and the Rwandan Genocide of 1994
The Limit of Humanitarian Intervention from the Air: the cases of Bosnia and Kosovo
A New Solidarity? Humanitarian Intervention and the Future of International Society