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Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility To ProtectWho Should Intervene?$
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James Pattison

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199561049

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199561049.001.0001

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Conclusion: Realizing Legitimate Humanitarian Intervention

Conclusion: Realizing Legitimate Humanitarian Intervention

(p.245) 9 Conclusion: Realizing Legitimate Humanitarian Intervention
Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility To Protect

James Pattison

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers how we can achieve legitimate humanitarian intervention in the future. The challenges are threefold. First, there are too many occasions when humanitarian intervention should be undertaken, but is not. How, then, can the general willingness of potential interveners to undertake humanitarian intervention be increased? Second, too often the most legitimate agent fails to act. How can we improve the likelihood of the most legitimate agent intervening? Third, there need to be significant reforms to the agents and mechanisms of humanitarian intervention. How can these reforms be realized? In response to these challenges, the chapter first re‐emphasizes our duties to meet these challenges. Second, it offers some proposals for amending states' perceptions of their national interest. Third, it emphasizes that humanitarian intervention is an important, but limited, part of the responsibility to protect.

Keywords:   agents, duty, humanitarian intervention, national interest, reform, responsibility to protect, will

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