Humanitarian intervention : ethical, legal, and political dilemmas /

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Imprint:Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Description:1 online resource (xii, 350 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
Subject:Humanitarian intervention.
Humanitarian intervention -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Humanitarian intervention -- Political aspects.
Humanitarian law.
Format: E-Resource Book
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Other authors / contributors:Holzgrefe, J. L., editor.
Keohane, Robert O. (Robert Owen), 1941- editor.
ISBN:9780511494000 (ebook)
9780521821988 (hardback)
9780521529280 (paperback)
Notes:Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015).
Summary:'The genocide in Rwanda showed us how terrible the consequences of inaction can be in the face of mass murder. But the conflict in Kosovo raised equally important questions about the consequences of action without international consensus and clear legal authority. On the one hand, is it legitimate for a regional organization to use force without a UN mandate? On the other, is it permissible to let gross and systematic violations of human rights, with grave humanitarian consequences, continue unchecked?' (United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan). This book is a comprehensive, integrated discussion of 'the dilemma' of humanitarian intervention. Written by leading analysts of international politics, ethics, and law, it seeks, among other things, to identify strategies that may, if not resolve, at least reduce the current tension between human rights and state sovereignty. This volume is an invaluable contribution to the debate on all aspects of this vital global issue.
Other form:Print version: 9780521821988
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This is a thoughtful, scholarly collection of eight essays by prominent thinkers with diversified backgrounds in law, philosophy, and political science. The authors participated in a conference at the Kennan Institute for Ethics at Duke University and attended a follow-up conference at the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University in September 2001. The contributors are concerned with the issue of humanitarian intervention in the instance of state failure to protect minorities. Humanitarian intervention is defined as the "threat or use of force across state borders by a state (or group of states) aimed at preventing or ending widespread and grave violations of the fundamental human rights of individuals other than its own citizens, without the permission of the state within whose territory force is applied." The book looks at the issue from the relevant ethical, legal, and political perspectives. Michael Ignatieff's essay "State Failure and Nation Building" is especially topical in view of the situations in countries such as Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Colombia, and Sri Lanka. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. E. W. Webking University of Lethbridge

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