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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Humanitarian Intervention

An Introduction

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9781137301567
Publication Date April 2013
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

A broad-ranging introduction to the theory, practice and politics of humanitarian intervention in the contemporary world. This second edition has been fully updated and includes a new chapter on Libya and the Arab Spring.

Aidan Hehir is Director of the Security and International Relations Programme at the University of Westminster, UK.

Introduction: Humanitarian Intervention in Contemporary International Relations
PART I: CONCEPTS AND CONCEPTIONS 1. What is 'Humanitarian Intervention'?
2. The Just War Tradition and Natural Law
3. The Sovereign State
4. Theoretical Perspectives
PART II: CONTROVERSIES 5. International Law and Human Rights
6. The Responsibility to Protect
7. Who Decides? Authority and Legitimacy
8. Motives and Means
PART III: CASES 9. Humanitarian Intervention in History
10. Rwanda
11. Kosovo
12. Iraq
13. Darfur
14. Libya and the Arab Spring
Conclusion: The Future of Humanitarian Intervention?.


This excellent book provides a robust and thorough introduction to humanitarian intervention. The coverage is comprehensive, insightful, and clear, and is strengthened in this new edition with interesting and provocative discussions of the R2P and Libya.' - James Pattison, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Manchester, UK
'The second edition of 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, National University of Singapore, and author of Just War or Just Peace?
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