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Legality and Legitimacy in Global Affairs$
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Richard Falk, Mark Juergensmeyer, and Vesselin Popovski

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199781577

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199781577.001.0001

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The Legitimacy of Invading Religious Regimes

The Legitimacy of Invading Religious Regimes

(p.273) 10 The Legitimacy of Invading Religious Regimes
Legality and Legitimacy in Global Affairs

Mark Juergensmeyer

Oxford University Press

Can the control of a government by religious extremists be a legitimate, if not legal, reason for an international military intervention in a country? This is one of the key issues behind the US military invasion and occupation of Afghanistan in 2001, and keeping the country safe from the Taliban is one of the reasons for the America’s continued military presence there. This essay examines the assumptions behind that logic, and looks at the possibility of the evolution of authoritarian religious regimes into forms of government that are compatible with democracy and human rights.

Keywords:   religious extremists, legitimate, legal, military intervention, Afghanistan, Taliban, 9/11 attack, authoritarian religious regimes, democracy, human rights

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