Humanitarian Intervention in International Society
By (author) Nicholas J. Wheeler
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Saving Strangers by Nicholas J. Wheeler
Book DescriptionThe 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. This theory is employed to assess the humanitarian qualifications of the cases of intervention analysed in the book, and this normative assessment is then compared to the moral practices of states. A key focus is to examine how far humanitarian intervention as a legitimate practice is present in the diplomatic dialogue of states. 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199253104
(232mm x 157mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 16-May-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Nicholas J. Wheeler
Security Dilemma, Paperback (November 2007)
This provides the first comprehensive analysis of the concept of the 'security dilemma'. By exploring the theory and practice of the security dilemma through the prisms of fear, cooperation and trust, it considers whether the security dilemma can be mitigated or even transcended analysing a wide range of historical and contemporary cases.
Dimensions of Western Military Intervention, Paperback (February 2002)
This book examines the question of how military power has and might be used to help protect those who are in danger.
Saving Strangers, Hardback (September 2000)
An examination of the extent to which humanitarian intervention has become a legitimate practice in international society, this text 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.
Human Rights in Global Politics, Hardback (March 1999)» View all books by Nicholas J. Wheeler
Leading scholars evaluate the philosophical basis of human rights, and the development of a global human rights culture.
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