Humanitarian Intervention and Legitimacy Wars
Seeking Peace and Justice in the 21st Century
By Richard Falk
Routledge – 2015 – 224 pages
Series: Global Horizons
In the aftermath of the Cold War there has been a dramatic shift in thinking about the maintenance of peace and security on a global level. This shift is away from a preoccupation with how to prevent major wars between sovereign states to a preoccupation about non-state transnational warfare and violence and strife within states in a world order that continues to be juridically and politically delimited by spatial ideas of national sovereignty and national independence as signified by international boundaries.
In this book, Richard Falk draws upon these changes to examine the ethics and politics of humanitarian intervention in the 21st Century. As well as analysing the theoretical and conceptual basis of the responsibility to protect, the book also contains a number of case studies looking at Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo and Syria. The final section explores when humanitarian intervention can succeed and the changing nature of international political legitimacy in countries such as India, Tibet, South Africa and Palestine.
This book will be of interest to students of International Relations theory, Peace Studies and Global Politics.
INTRODUCTION: TOWARD A NEW REALISM, CHAPTER 1: HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION AND LEGITIMACY WARS, PART I: LAW, POLITICS AND MORALITY, CHAPTER 2: SOVEREIGNITY REVISITED, CHAPTER 3: THE GOLDSTONE REPORT AND THE GOLDSTONE RETREAT, CHAPTER 4: TOWARD A JURISPRUDENCE OF CONSCIENCE, CHAPTER 5: ON HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION: A WORLD ORDER DILEMMA, CHAPTER 6: CIVIL SOCIETY PERSPECTIVES ON HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION, PART II: TRIAL AND ERROR, CHAPTER 7: THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE IRAQ WAR, CHAPTER 8: THE TET OFFENSIVE IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR OF THE AFGHANISTAN WAR: WHEN ‘DEFEAT’ IS ‘VICTORY’, CHAPTER 9: RETHINKING THE AFGHAN INTERVENTION, CHAPTER 10: WILL WE EVER LEARN? KICKING THE INTERVENTION HABIT, CHAPTER 11: VIOLENTLY OBSTRUCTING FREEDOM FLOTILLA II, CHAPTER 12: THE KOSOVO ADVISORY OPINION: CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND PRECEDENT, CHAPTER 13: WHY INTERNATIONAL LAW MATTERS IN THE PALESTINIAN STRUGGLE, PART III: SOVEREIGNITY, SELF-DETERMINATION, AND THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT, CHAPTER 14: DILEMMAS OF SOVEREIGNTY AND INTERVENTION, CHAPTER 15: WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT SYRIA? TRAGEDY AND IMPOTENCE, CHAPTER 16: ON SYRIA: WHAT TO DO IN 2013, CHAPTER 17: INTERVENTIONARY MOTIVES, NSA THE SNOWDEN AFFAIR, PART IV: LOOKING TO THE FUTURE, CHAPTER 18: TOWARD A GLOBAL IMAGINARY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY, CHAPTER 19: NONVIOLENT GEOPOLITICS: RATIONALITY AND RESISTANCE, CHAPTER 20: DECLINING MILITARISM AND RISING PROSPECTS FOR SOFT POWER GEOPOLITICS, CHAPTER 21: GLOBALIZATION-FROM-BELOW: AN INNOVATIVE POLITICS OF RESISTANCE, CHAPTER 22: THE LEGITIMACY WAR TEMPLATE: PALESTINE AND BDS, CHAPTER 23: APPROPRIATING NORMATIVE GEOPOLITICS: CIVIL SOCIETY & INTERNATIONAL LAW
Richard Falk is Albert G. Professor of International Law and Practice Emeritus at Princeton University, USA where he was a member of the faculty for 40 years. Since 2002 he has been a Research Professor at the Center Global & International Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara USA. He has been Special Rapporteur on Occupied Palestine for the UN Human Rights Council since 2008, and served on a panel of experts appointed by the President of the UN General Assembly, 2008-2009