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Saving Strangers: Humanitarian Intervention in International Society

Nicholas J. Wheeler


Argues that there has been a change of norm in relation to the legitimacy of humanitarian intervention in the 1990s. It shows how humanitarian justifications for the use of force lacked legitimacy in Cold War international society, focusing on the cases of India, Vietnam, and Tanzania's interventions in the 1970s. This reflected the dominance of pluralist international society thinking in shaping the legal rules and institutions of international society. By focusing on cases of intervention in Iraq, Somalia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Kosovo, the second part of the book shows how a new solidarist con ... More

Keywords: humanitarian intervention, international society, justification, legitimacy, military intervention, norm, pluralism, solidarism, UN Security Council

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199253104
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199253102.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas J. Wheeler, author
Senior Lecturer, Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth