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Waging war to make peace : U.S. intervention in global conflicts

Author: Susan Yoshihara
Publisher: Westport, CT : Praeger Security International, ©2010.
Series: Praeger books online
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Debates about humanitarian intervention endure because they pose some of the most important political, legal, and moral questions of our time: about the meaning of sovereignty, the nature of international law, the just use of force, and the nature of international order. Humanitarian intervention in practice remains highly contentious because of the irreconcilable tension between the hope of achieving liberal  Read more...
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Yoshihara, Susan.
Waging war to make peace.
Santa Barbara, CA : Praeger Security International, ©2010
(DLC) 2010002199
(OCoLC)501321050
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Yoshihara
ISBN: 9780275999926 0275999920
OCLC Number: 554627116
Notes: Title from title screen (viewed Mar. 15, 2010).
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 230 pages).
Contents: Origins of intervention : power, principle, and law --
The quest for legitimacy : concepts and context --
The boundaries of multilateralism : who may authorize war? --
Waging war to save lives : when is intervention justified? --
My brother's keeper : are nations obligated to intervene? --
Debating the Iraq War : the trouble with mixed motives.
Series Title: Praeger books online
Other Titles: US intervention in global conflicts
United States intervention in global conflicts
Responsibility: Susan Yoshihara.

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Debates about humanitarian intervention endure because they pose some of the most important political, legal, and moral questions of our time: about the meaning of sovereignty, the nature of international law, the just use of force, and the nature of international order. Humanitarian intervention in practice remains highly contentious because of the irreconcilable tension between the hope of achieving liberal internationalist aims using the ultimate realist means, military force. The book begins by looking at the most contemporary conundrum in the debate about humanitarian war: the concept of the "responsibility to protect" civilians in other countries from grave human rights abuses, even by resort to force, and traces the debate at three levels. First, it shows how decision makers grappled with three main aspects of decisions to use force: authorization, justification, and obligation. Second, the unique contexts of four NATO nations-- Britain, France, Germany, and the United States-- are examined in light of how they influenced national decisions about war. Third, the analysis traces three distinct currents of thought, or worldviews, regarding intervention.

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