Humanitarian Intervention
Humanitarian Intervention, 2nd Edition
A singular development of the post Cold-War era is the use of military force to protect human beings. From Rwanda to Kosovo, Sierra Leone to East Timor, and more recently Libya to Côte d'Ivoire, soldiers have rescued some civilians in some of the world's most notorious war zones. Could more be saved? Drawing on over two decades of research, Thomas G. Weiss answers "yes" and provides a persuasive introduction to the theory and practice of humanitarian intervention in the modern world. He examines political, ethical, legal, strategic, economic, and operational dimensions and uses a wide range of cases to highlight key debates and controversies.

The updated and expanded second edition of this succinct and highly accessible survey is neither celebratory nor complacent. The author locates the normative evolution of what is increasingly known as "the responsibility to protect" in the context of the global war on terror, UN debates, and such international actions as Libya. The result is an engaging exploration of the current dilemmas and future challenges for robust international humanitarian action in the twenty-first century.

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  • April 2013
  • 240 pages
  • 152 x 229 mm / 6 x 9 in
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Table of Contents

About the Author vi

Foreword to the Second Edition by Gareth Evans viii

Preface and Acknowledgments xiii

List of Abbreviations xviii

Introduction 1

1 Conceptual Building Blocks 6

2 "Humanitarian" Interventions: Thumbnail Sketches 34

3 New Wars and New Humanitarianisms 66

4 New Thinking: The Responsibility to Protect 97

5 So What? Moving from Rhetoric to Reality 133

Notes 174

Selected Readings 210

Index 215

About the Author
Thomas G. Weiss is presidential professor of political science and director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the City University of New York Graduate Center.
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"In Humanitarian Intervention: Ideas in Action, Tom Weiss again demonstrates his unique talent for bringing conceptual clarity and rigorous analysis to pressing and messy real-world dilemmas. Protecting endangered people abroad raises thorny issues - politically, practically, and ethically. In this engaging book, Weiss offers a conceptual guide to understanding these dilemmas, and his application of these concepts to contemporary humanitarian emergencies will be useful to both scholars and practitioners alike. This is an essential book for anyone interested in humanitarian action."
Martha Finnemore, George Washington University

"Few observers have written more, or more persuasively, than Professor Weiss, and this is his best work to date. A sensible, thorough and realistic treatment."
Fernando R. Tesóon, Florida State University College of Law

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