Humanitarian intervention - what's in a name?

Jahn, Beate (2012) Humanitarian intervention - what's in a name? International Politics, 49 (1). pp. 36-58. ISSN 1354-0661

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Why has the term humanitarian intervention experienced such a meteoric rise into the core of academic as well as public political discourse? An investigation of classical theory shows that the use of force to help citizens of other states has been regularly contemplated and practiced in the past. The concept of humanitarian intervention therefore does not describe new policies; instead it serves to hide the political nature of these policies today and functions as a ‘doctrinal advance guard’ for a new international order. It is the political conjuncture that requires a new name for old policies and its radical political content that explains the timing, speed and impact of this term

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Depositing User: Beate Jahn
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2012 10:44
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2012 10:44

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