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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Humanitarian Intervention

An Introduction

ISBN 9781137076489
Publication Date December 2009
Formats Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

A broad-ranging introduction to the theory, practice and politics of humanitarian intervention on the contemporary world, its historical background and future prospects after the experiences of Rwanda, Kosovo, Darfur and Iraq.

AIDAN HEHIR is Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, UK.


PART I: CONCEPTS AND CONCEPTIONS
What is 'Humanitarian Intervention'?
The Just War Tradition
The Sovereign State
Theoretical Perspectives
PART II: CONTROVERSIES
Legality and Legitimacy
Sovereignty as Responsibility
Who Decides?
Motives and Means
PART III: CASES
'Humanitarian Intervention' in History
Rwanda
Kosovo
Iraq
Darfur
Conclusion: The Future of Humanitarian Intervention?

Reviews

'Highly recommended. Lively and accessible, and a wonderful resource for teaching. Aidan Hehir provides a comprehensive overview of the history, theory and practice of humanitarian intervention, and of the concepts,controversies, moral claims and political calculations that have shaped the field.' - Anne Orford, Michael D Kirby Professor of International Law, University of Melbourne
'This thoughtful and thought-provoking book presents an accessible and engaging introduction to the key issues involved in humanitarian intervention. It will not end debates over this important subject, but it will ensure that those debates are better informed.'- Simon Chesterman, New York University School of Law, USA,and author of Just War or Just Peace?
'Objectively surveying a wide range of perspectives on an inherently contentious topic, this is an outstanding teaching tool and a textbook from which scholars will benefit as much as their students.' - Anthony F. Lang, Jr., School of International Relations, University of St Andrews
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