- Title: The Conceit of Humanitarian Intervention
- Author: Rajan Menon
- ISBN: 9780199384877
- Page: 224
- Format: Hardcover
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Since the Cold War, the world has seen a surge of humanitarian interventions that is, the use of military force to prevent mass atrocities While Western societies typically justify the use of force on the basis of protecting universal human rights, Rajan Menon argues that human rights serve as a rationalization, rather than a motivation, for interventions In The ConceiSince the Cold War, the world has seen a surge of humanitarian interventions that is, the use of military force to prevent mass atrocities While Western societies typically justify the use of force on the basis of protecting universal human rights, Rajan Menon argues that human rights serve as a rationalization, rather than a motivation, for interventions In The Conceit of Humanitarian Intervention, Menon challenges the prevailing attitudes towards military interventions based on human rights principles Menon demonstrates that armed interventions to prevent mass killings are invoked on a highly selective basis, and are typically contingent upon national interests and power politics Through case studies of campaigns in Iraq, Libya, and Bosnia, Menon examines the factors that determine whether or not a state will pursue an intervention A state is not likely to intervene when the state responsible for the atrocities is an ally, or when the cost is deemed too high for instance, Western nations chose not to intervene in Syria, despite ample evidence of mass killings Menon calls for a greater awareness of the realities of humanitarian interventions, in which states are motivated by power and self interest rather than an idealistic desire to protect human life Far from eschewing the importance of protecting human rights, Menon instead offers readers a realistic view of the politics behind interventions, forcing them to consider the myriad of troubling consequences of the policy A searing critique of the reigning wisdom on military interventions, The Conceit of Humanitarian Intervention is a must read for anyone with an interest in international relations.
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The Conceit of Humanitarian Intervention by Rajan Menon is a study of the failure of armed humanitarian intervention. Menon holds the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Chair in Political Science at the City College of New York/City University of New York and is a Senior Research Scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University, and a Global Ethics Fellow at the Carnegie Council on Ethics in International Affairs.For those who came to age after the end of the Cold War, the i [...]
Most people would agree that to be concerned for the welfare of others is a good thing. When bad things happen, one should not stand by and do nothing. If one does stand by and do nothing, conscience demands at least the appearance of doing something or one risks standing in the eyes of others. I say this not as an accusation against those who do not act, but an admission that self preservation is never far from our thinking.Our own welfare quite naturally comes first and the further the injured [...]
A succinct critique of humanitarian interventionism. Does the obvious (which humanitarian interventionist/American exceptionalists never d0), compare the rhetoric of H.I.s with the actual empirical evidence of state behavior, and the outcomes of their policy recommendations. In the end this IR/ethical interventionism, largely advocated by liberal intelligentsia, amounts to morality washing of imperial actions by strong states. Despite the global consequences, the dominate intellectual class dogm [...]
Mr. Menon shoots down the entire notion of humanitarian intervention grounded in universal norms and morality. When they do occur, it's usually aligned with a nation's strategic interests (oil, land, etc.). And they don't occur when the guilty nation is strong enough to fight back or has powerful friends and allies.
The introduction says this is a book for anyone interested in international relations, but I disagree. This book is for anyone interested in truly developing real humanitarian principles everywhere in their lives, from their own neighborhood to anywhere across the globe. Menon neither justifies nor condemns the historical events extensively drawn from, but presents the facts of history as they are in a way that shows how our current view may simply be a rationalization of the acts we take. It is [...]
realism is a real thing.
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