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A singular development of the post Cold-War era is the use ofmilitary force to protect human beings. From Rwanda to Kosovo,Sierra Leone to East Timor, and more recently Libya to Côted'Ivoire, soldiers have rescued some civilians in some of theworld's most notorious war zones. Could more be saved? Drawing onover two decades of research, Thomas G. Weiss answers "yes" andprovides a persuasive introduction to the theory and practice ofhumanitarian intervention in the modern world. He examinespolitical, ethical, legal, strategic, economic, and operationaldimensions and uses a wide range of cases to highlight key debatesand controversies.
The updated and expanded second edition of this succinct andhighly accessible survey is neither celebratory nor complacent. Theauthor locates the normative evolution of what is increasinglyknown as "the responsibility to protect" in the context of theglobal war on terror, UN debates, and such international actions asLibya. The result is an engaging exploration of the currentdilemmas and future challenges for robust internationalhumanitarian action in the twenty-first century.