The Conceit of Humanitarian Intervention

ISBN : 9780190692186

Rajan Menon
256 Pages
140 x 216 mm
Pub date
Feb 2018
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The Conceit of Humanitarian Intervention rejects, on political, legal, ethical, and strategic grounds, the widespread claim that military force can be used effectively-and on the basis of a universal consensus-to stop mass atrocities. As such, it is an against-the-current treatment of an important practice in world politics.


Introduction; Chapter 1: The Animating Idea; Chapter 2: Altruism's Limits; Chapter 3: Sovereignty, Legitimacy, and Intervention; Chapter 4: The Legal Debate; Chapter 5: Human Rights and Intervention; Chapter 5: The Primacy of Pragmatism; Chapter 7: War and Post-War; Chapter 8: The International Community; Conclusion

About the author: 

Rajan Menon is the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Professor of Political Science, City College of New York/City University of New York, and a Senior Research Scholar, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University. His most recent book, co-authored with Eugene B. Rumer, is Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post-Cold War Order (MIT Press, 2015). His most recent book for Oxford University Press, The End of Alliances, was published in 2007 and was named by the American Library Association as an Outstanding Academic Title for that year.

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