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Author Wheeler, Nicholas J.

Title Saving strangers : humanitarian intervention in international society / Nicholas J. Wheeler
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2000


Description 1 online resource (xii, 336 pages)
Contents Part one : theories of humanitarian intervention. Humanitarian intervention and international society -- Part two : humanitarian intervention during the Cold War. India as rescuer? Order versus justice in the Bangladesh war of 1971 -- Vietnam's intervention in Cambodia : the triumph of realism over common humanity? -- Good or bad precedent? Tanzania's intervention in Uganda -- Part three : humanitarian intervention after the Cold War. A solidarist moment in international society? The case of safe havens and no-fly zones in Iraq -- From famine relief to 'humanitarian war' : the US and UN intervention in Somalia -- Global bystander to genocide : international society and the Rwandan genocide of 1994 -- The limits of humanitarian intervention from the air : the cases of Bosnia and Kosovo
Summary "The 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. 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. A key focus is to examine how is humanitarian intervention legitimate in present diplomatic dialogues. 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."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-319) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Humanitarian intervention.
LAW -- International.
Aide humanitaire.
Après-guerre froide.
Interventions étrangères.
Humanitarian intervention.
Humanitäre Intervention
Internationale Politik
Humanitaire interventie.
Internationale politiek.
Sociedade internacional.
Direito internacional público.
Guerra fria.
Guerra -- Iraque.
Guerra -- Somália.
Guerra -- Ruanda.
Guerra -- Bósnia-herzegóvina.
Humanitarian intervention.
Droit humanitaire.
Secours aux victimes de guerre.
Intervention (droit international)
Relations internationales.
Droit d'ingérence humanitaire.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0585356750