Saving Strangers: Humanitarian Intervention in International Society by Nicholas J. Wheeler

Saving Strangers: Humanitarian Intervention in International Society

byNicholas J. Wheeler

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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 thecold 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. While there are studies of each case of intervention-in EastPakistan, Cambodia, Uganda, Iraq, Somalia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Kosovo-there is no single work that examines them comprehensively in a comparative framework. Each chapter tells a story of intervention that weaves together a study of motives, justifications and outcomes. The legitimacy ofhumanitarian 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. This theory is employed toassess the humanitarian qualifications of the cases of intervention analysed in the book, and this normative assessment is then compared to the moral practices of states. A key focus is to examine how far humanitarian intervention as a legitimate practice is present in the diplomatic dialogue ofstates. 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. Thebook 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.

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Nicholas J. Wheeler is a Senior Lecturer, Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
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Title:Saving Strangers: Humanitarian Intervention in International SocietyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.76 inPublished:May 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionHumanitarian Intervention and International SocietyIndia as Rescuer? Order versus Justice in the Bangladesh War of 1971Vietnam's Intervention in Cambodia: The triumph of realism over common humanity?Good or bad precedent? Tanzania's Intervention in UgandaA Solidarist Movement in International Society? The case of Safe Havens and 'No-Fly' Zones in IraqFrom Famine Relief to 'Humanitarian War'; the US and UN Intervention in SomaliaGlobal Bystanders to Genocide: International Society and the Rwandan Genocide of 1994The Limit of Humanitarian Intervention from the Air: the cases of Bosnia and KosovoA New Solidarity? Humanitarian Intervention and the Future of International Society

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`well organised, especially in terms of mastering the factual description as well as the application of theoretical analyses in the context of the eight case studies.'Journal of International Relations and Development 4/1 March 2001