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Humanitarian Intervention and International Relations

ISBN13: 9780199267217
ISBN: 0199267219
Published: June 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £122.50

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The issue of humanitarian intervention has generated one of the most heated debates in International Relations over the past decade - among both theorists and practitioners. At the heart of the debate is the alleged tension between the principle of state sovereignty, a defining pillar of the UN system and international law, and the evolving international norms related to human rights and the use of force. This edited book investigates the controversial place of humanitarian intervention in the theory and practice of International Relations. Although the subject has gained greater prominence, it continues to have an uneasy relationship with both the major schools of thought in the discipline of IR, and the behaviour of states, international organizations, and non-governmental actors. Many academic discussions focus on the question of whether there is a legal 'right' of humanitarian intervention, giving insufficient attention to the underlying ethical issues, the politics within international organizations and coalitions, and the practical dilemmas faced by international actors - before, during, and after the intervention. The book analyses humanitarian intervention through the lense;Finally, while the past decade has seen some successful cases of intervention to address humanitarian catastrophes, the current capability of international organizations to undertake humanitarian interventions remains limited. As the book demonstrates, the issue of humanitarian intervention has the potential to divide international institutions such as the UN and damage their credibility. This raises questions about whether and how individual members of international society should respond to humanitarian crises.

Introduction; 1. Limiting Sovereignty; 2. The Humanitarian Responsibilities of Sovereignty: Explaining the Development of a New Norm of Military Humanitarian Intervention in International Society; 3. Taking Consequences Seriously: Objections to Humanitarian Intervention; 4. The United Nations and Humanitarian Intervention; 5. Humanitarian Intervention in the Balkans; 6. Humanitarian Intervention and International Society: Lessons from Africa; 7. International Intervention in East Timor; 8. Humanitarian Intervention and Afghanistan; Conclusion; Bibliography