Justifying humanitarian intervention

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  • Created on: 15-06-15 12:00
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  • Is humanitarian intervention ever justified?
    • NO- Realist
      • Moral pluralism; (Postmodernism) societies are diverse and any intervention is cultural imperialism
      • International law is binding, does not justify the intervention of states
      • National interest- states must protect sovereignty and also their own security (offensive realist- Kenneth Waltz)
      • Double standards- the simplistic idea of 'good vs. evil' is contrived, as states such as the USA commit their own atrocities
    • YES- Liberal
      • Common humanity through universal civil and political rights
      • Interdependence- states are no longer islands
      • Regional stability- preserve balance of power
      • Democracy- idea of 'responsible sovereignty' and democratic peace thesis


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