Post Tagged with: "international intervention"

The Role of Independent Volunteers in Humanitarian Crises

The Role of Independent Volunteers in Humanitarian Crises

Independent volunteers play a key role in humanitarian crises yet there is no such thing as “true independence” when the reality is feelings of frustration and futility.

Humanitarian Intervention in Libya: Not Clash of Civilizations

Humanitarian Intervention in Libya: Not Clash of Civilizations

Hans Koechler’s claim that the NATO intervention in Libya supported Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations is problematic and has the potential to derail future UN sanctioned interventions.

Chemical Weapons, the Red Line and Beyond: Evidence and Intransigence over Syria

Chemical Weapons, the Red Line and Beyond: Evidence and Intransigence over Syria

Many argue international intervention in Syria is now a foregone conclusion but what purpose would this serve and what effect would it have on the conflict and civilians on the ground?

Are They Intervening Yet? Power and Spillover in the Syrian Conflict

Are They Intervening Yet? Power and Spillover in the Syrian Conflict

Any question about whether the west should intervene in Syria is a fairly moot point when considering history. Although it may not be immediately recognisable, we have been intervening for some time.

“Killer Robots”: Double Standards? Blind Faith?

“Killer Robots”: Double Standards? Blind Faith?

It is strange that we vest in a piece of machinery the moral blame that belongs to humans, and alarming that faith in technology and the power of numbers is leading us down a dangerous path.

What is the United Nations For?

What is the United Nations For?

The Civil War in Sri Lanka ended in May 2009. To date there have been no international prosecutions for the crimes that occurred. That is the gravest failure highlighted by recent disclosures.

Hitting the Target?

Hitting the Target?

The only thing that is precise about drone strikes is the machine that delivers them. We should be realistic about how much we can programme imprecision out of our lives – and more modest about the true nature of precision strikes.

Rethinking International Intervention

Rethinking International Intervention

Less coercive forms of intervention have been relatively neglected by politicians and academics. The case of Syria clearly demonstrates the pitfalls of this approach.

Why “Humanitarian Intervention” in Libya is not Humanitarian

Why “Humanitarian Intervention” in Libya is not Humanitarian

Why does my heart sink when I hear the current UN-mandated action in Libya described as “humanitarian intervention”? After all, over the last 20 years the term has acquired currency — not only among Western politicians but also academics — as a description of coercive, usually military, intervention ostensibly for humanitarian purposes.

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