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America and the Misshaping of a New World Order$
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Giles Gunn and Carl Gutierrez-Jones

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520098701

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520098701.001.0001

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On Humanitarian Intervention: A New World Order Dilemma

On Humanitarian Intervention: A New World Order Dilemma

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(p.215) 12. On Humanitarian Intervention: A New World Order Dilemma
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America and the Misshaping of a New World Order
Author(s):
Richard Falk
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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520098701.003.0012

This chapter focuses on the debate on humanitarian intervention by the United Nations Security Council, which emerged in the 1990s reaching an initial climax in relation to the Kosovo war of 1999, against the impact of information technology (IT). This norm was later controversially confused by the attempt of the Bush presidency to validate the Iraq war in the post-9/11 atmosphere as an instance of humanitarian intervention. The manipulation of these norms provide geopolitical actors with pretexts for waging wars that cause great havoc and large-scale suffering, victimizing the very people that were supposedly being protected as well as undermining authentic calls for humanitarian intervention. Humanitarian intervention may be effective as an emergency measure to protect a vulnerable population or minority, but it is rarely able to impose a new political structure on a country, given the realities of postcolonial world order. When humanitarian effort morphs into a political restructuring operation, nationalist energies tend to be effectively mobilized to resist the foreign presence.

Keywords:   United Nations Security Council, Bush presidency, humanitarian intervention, political restructuring, Kosovo war

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