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Challenges for Humanitarian Intervention: Ethical Demand and Political Reality

C. A. J. Coady, Ned Dobos, and Sagar Sanyal


An enduring concern about armed humanitarian intervention, and the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ doctrine that advocates its use under certain circumstances, is that such interventions are liable to be employed as a foreign policy instrument by powerful states pursuing geopolitical interests. This collection of essays critically investigates the causes and consequences, as well as the uses and abuses, of armed humanitarian intervention. Some of the chapters interrogate how the presence of ulterior motives impact on the moral credentials of armed humanitarian intervention. Others shine a light on ... More

Keywords: Humanitarian intervention, Responsibility to Protect, foreign policy, national interest, evolution of norm, UN member states

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198812852
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198812852.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

C. A. J. Coady, editor
Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne

Ned Dobos, editor
Senior Lecturer in International and Political Studies, UNSW Canberra

Sagar Sanyal, editor
Adjunct Lecturer, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne