Humanitarian Intervention

A Critical Assessment of the Application of Responsibility to Protect in Libya

A Critical Assessment of the Application of Responsibility to Protect in Libya

The application of Responsibility to Protect in Libya was a success in that it mobilised the UNSC to act decisively with remarkable speed and fully in accordance with R2P

Victim-Politics and Post-Conflict Foreign Policy in Rwanda and Sri Lanka

Victim-Politics and Post-Conflict Foreign Policy in Rwanda and Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka and Rwanda elicit a sense of victimhood upon which their respective foreign policies have been built.

The Incompatibility of COIN Warfare and Nation-Building in Iraq and Afghanistan

The Incompatibility of COIN Warfare and Nation-Building in Iraq and Afghanistan

The disjuncture between kinetic elements of American COIN doctrine and the nation-building mission inherent to ‘new’ conflicts lies at the root of ongoing difficulties.

Explaining the Case for Invading Iraq from a Neo-conservative Perspective

Explaining the Case for Invading Iraq from a Neo-conservative Perspective

The Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq was a story of neo-conservative ideas (militarism, morality, and democracy) about the role of America in the world.

The 1948 Genocide Convention as an ‘Increasingly Meaningless Document’?

The 1948 Genocide Convention as an ‘Increasingly Meaningless Document’?

The legal success of the Genocide Convention continues to re-establish the norm politically, albeit under misinterpretation and without effect of prevention.

The Effectiveness of Soft & Hard Power in Contemporary International Relations

The Effectiveness of Soft & Hard Power in Contemporary International Relations

‘Hard’ & ‘soft’ power are competing approaches to power in IR. Soft power is increasingly effective & hard power less so; ‘smart power’ offers a promising third strategy.

National Security and the Threat of Climate Change

National Security and the Threat of Climate Change

Though national security frameworks may hinder pragmatic cooperation, securitising climate change is advantageous in planning for a clear and increasingly present danger.

What is the Principal Object of the International Legal System?

What is the Principal Object of the International Legal System?

Individuals & organizations are increasingly gaining traction in a state-dominant international legal order, a piecemeal process that may result in a global constitution.

Why is the Practice of Humanitarian Intervention so Controversial?

Why is the Practice of Humanitarian Intervention so Controversial?

Humanitarian Intervention marks a struggle at the foundations of international law. This struggle is an ongoing one, as evidenced by its instances of abuse and failure.

Enforcing International Human Rights Law: Problems and Prospects

Enforcing International Human Rights Law: Problems and Prospects

Human rights are most powerfully enforced through horizontal and vertical transnational legal processes, and the resulting internalisation and socialisation of values.

Western Human Rights in a Diverse World: Cultural Suppression or Relativism?

Western Human Rights in a Diverse World: Cultural Suppression or Relativism?

Cultural relativism should not be an excuse to avoid the difficulties of enforcing an individualistic human rights system in communities believing in collective rights.

Using English School Theory to Determine Legitimate Humanitarian Intervention

Using English School Theory to Determine Legitimate Humanitarian Intervention

Though it provides a solid basis for determining the legitimacy of humanitarian intervention in theory, the English School encounters certain challenges in practice.