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- DescriptionWhat obligations do nations have to protect citizens of other nations? As responsibility to our fellow human beings and to the stability of civilization over many years has ripened fully into a concept of a just war, it follows naturally that the time has come to fill in the outlines of the realities and boundaries of what constitutes just humanitarian intervention. Even before the world changed radically on September 11, policymakers, scholars, and activists were engaging in debates on this nettlesome issue - following that date, sovereignty, human rights, and intervention took on fine new distinctions, and questions arose: Should sovereignty prevent outside agents from interfering in the affairs of a state? What moral weight should we give to sovereignty and national borders? Do humanitarian emergencies justify the use of military force? Can the military be used for actions other than waging war? Can national interest justify intervention? And should we kill in order to save? These are profound and troubling questions, and questions that the distinguished contributors of Just Intervention probe in all their complicated dimensions. Sohail Hashmi analyzes how Islamic tradition and Islamic states understand humanitarian intervention; Thomas Weiss strongly advocates the use of military force for humanitarian purposes in Yugoslavia; Martin Cook, Richard Caplan, and Julie Mertus query the use of force in Kosovo; Michael Barnett, drawing on his experience in the United Nations while it debated how best to respond to Rwandan gecide, discusses how international organizations may become hamstrung in the ability to use force due to bureaucratic inertia; and, Anthony Lang ably envelopes these - and other complex issues - with a deft hand and contextual insight. Highlighting some of the most significant issues in regard to humanitarian intervention, Just Intervention braves the treacherous moral landscape that w faces an increasingly unstable world. These contributions will help us make our way.
- Author BiographyAnthony F. Lang Jr. is a lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of St. Andrews.
- PublisherGeorgetown University Press
- Date of Publication01/12/2003
- SubjectInternational Relations
- Series TitleCarnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs Series
- Place of PublicationWashington, DC
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGeorgetown University Press
- Content Note1 figures, 1 tables,
- Weight317 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Edited byAnthony F. Lang
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