Humanitarian intervention : ideas in action /

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Author / Creator:Weiss, Thomas George.
Edition:2nd ed.
Imprint:Cambridge, U.K. ; Malden, Mass. : Polity Press, c2012.
Description:xix, 226 p. ; 23 cm.
Series:War and conflict in the modern world
War and conflict in the modern world.
Subject:Humanitarian intervention.
Humanitarian intervention.
Format: Print Book
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Notes:Originally published in 2007.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 174-209) and index.
Summary:"A singular development of the post Cold-War era is the use of military force to protect human beings. From Rwanda to Kosovo, Sierra Leone to East Timor, soldiers have rescued civilians in some of the world's most notorious war zones. Drawing on two decades of research, Thomas G. Weiss provides a compelling introduction to the theory and practice of humanitarian intervention in the modern world. He examines political, ethical, legal, strategic, economic, and operational dimensions and uses a wide range of cases to highlight key debates and controversies. This succinct and highly accessible survey is neither celebratory nor complacent. The author locates the normative evolution of what is increasingly known as 'the responsibility to protect' in the context of the war on terror and the 2005 UN World Summit. The result is an engaging exploration of the current dilemmas and future challenges for international humanitarian action in the 21st Century"--Provided by publisher.
Review by Choice Review

This is the second edition of an exemplary introduction to humanitarian interventions, i.e., when the international community enters a state with the purpose of protecting civilians or relieving their suffering as opposed to acting for purely military or security purposes. The book retains the basic structure of its predecessor, discussing the basic concept of humanitarian intervention, offering short case studies, and detailing the emerging concept of "responsibility to protect," which would move the world from a right to intervene for humanitarian purpose to a legal and moral obligation to do so. Updated material includes references to and discussion of new cases such as the international intervention in Libya, as well as relevant global developments. Weiss (City University of New York) covers the basic issues associated with humanitarian intervention; even though the book is based largely on scholarly research and documents of international organizations, he writes in a highly accessible fashion. This is a first stop on the subject for students, practitioners, and scholars alike. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels. P. F. Diehl University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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