Agency and Ethics
The Politics of Military Intervention
Publication Year: 2002
Published by: State University of New York Press
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... a new French policy; it had been suggested by the philosopher Leibnez in the seventeenth century in order to undermine the power of the Dutch. In 1798, however, the enemy was now England. While invading England herself was not possible, striking at perfidious Albion through Egypt and India seemed more sensible. The intervention, however, was not only about power politics. Areport ...
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... like any other, is the product of many helping hands. While those I mention here played an obvious role, others I have inadvertently forgotten have been just as instrumental. When this book, in a much different form, began as a dissertation, friends at Johns Hopkins University were extremely generous in discussing its ideas or reading chapters: David Bernell, Martha Bishai, ...
CHAPTER ONE: Introduction
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... intervention is not working. From Somalia to Bosnia to Rwanda to Kosovo to East Timor, the attempt by states to address complex humanitarian emergencies by means of military force has not been successful. The trauma of these failures has been further compounded by the often genuine moral urge that accompanies the decision to intervene. While it is probably impossible to act in a purely altruistic ...
CHAPTER TWO: Intervention in Russia
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... laid out a framework for analyzing intervention based on state agents pursuing normative goals in a political context of competition with others. Using this framework, this chapter explores the American and British interventions in revolutionary Russia from 1918 through 1920.1 The first section explores the American intervention in Russia, beginning with the aide-memoire issued in July of 1918 by the Wilson administration and ending with the decision to withdraw American ...
CHAPTER THREE: Intervention in Egypt
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... chapter continues to explore the normative and political nature of military intervention by analyzing the British and French intervention in Egypt in 1956.1 This intervention provides a good “test” of the argument for a number of reasons: One, this attack on Egypt is rarely considered to have originated from within any normative framework. It is usually ...
CHAPTER FOUR: Intervention in Somalia
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... chapter continues with the themes articulated thus far with an analysis of the intervention in Somalia from 1992 to 1993. While the normative elements of this intervention are more well-known, the political ones will also be explored here. This chapter also expands the book’s arguments beyond the liberal democracies that have been the focus of the other case studies. The final section examines how the UN’s role in Somalia also ...
CHAPTER FIVE: The Dilemma of Humanitarian Intervention
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... book has been an attempt to explain the failure of intervention by means of a deductive analysis of the practice of intervention supported through three case studies. This chapter uses the theoretical framework and the three case studies to move toward some alternative conceptions of humanitarian aid, political agency, and global politics. Specifically, I explore the dilemma of international humanitarianism; that ...
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SUNY series in Global Politics
Page Count: 266
Publication Year: 2002