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The Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation$
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Wolfgang Merkel, Raj Kollmorgen, and Hans-Jürgen Wagener

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198829911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198829911.001.0001

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Military Intervention

Military Intervention

(p.564) Chapter 61 Military Intervention
The Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation

Sonja Grimm

Oxford University Press

A military intervention can open a window of opportunity for the reorganization of a political system. Military intervention through outside forces into sovereign states is strictly limited in international law. Since the end of the Cold War, however, the UN Security Council has begun to classify gross human rights violations in intrastate and substate armed conflicts increasingly as a threat to world peace and international security and mandated humanitarian interventions on the basis of a so-called responsibility to protect (R2P). Such peace-enforcement missions can trigger a regime change. They nowadays include substantial state-building efforts under external oversight, but rarely if ever lead to successful democratization.

Keywords:   military intervention, responsibility to protect, UN Charter, Chapter VII mandate, democratization, political reorganization, regime change, external oversight

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