In spite of criticisms of military intervention, such measures can free populations from dictatorships and abusive governments.
The geopolitical imaginations in the film ‘Shake Hands with the Devil’ offer a unique inside-out perspective from the position of one man, Romeo Dallaire, and his experience of Rwandan genocide.
National security is often seen as the defence of state borders, but it concerns the protection of citizens and the rule of law, and thus should not be separated from human security.
Aid remains one of the EU’s most important means of imposing itself in the world, and can be more effective when combined with other tools in a favourable domestic context.
Because individual soldiers have no voice in determining whether or not they want to participate in humanitarian interventions, the merits of such military actions suffer.
Whilst ‘human security’ has theoretical merit, its idealistic nature renders it flawed in practice and no more effective than the ‘traditional’ security approach which preceded it.
Studying the use of international organizations as hegemonic tools highlights America’s special role in NATO’s decision-making process and its unique interests in the Kosovo intervention.
While human rights do challenge state sovereignty, they do so mainly at the conceptual level. In practice their capacity to interfere with states’ domestic affairs is severely limited.