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Faculty Book: Thomas G. Weiss

Thomas G. Weiss

Humanitarian Intervention: Ideas in Action
(Polity Press, 2007)

A singular development of the post-Cold War era is the use of military force to protect human beings. From Rwanda to Kosovo, Sierra Leone to East Timor, soldiers have rescued civilians in some of the world’s most notorious war zones. Drawing on two decades of research, Thomas G. Weiss provides a persuasive introduction to the theory and practice of humanitarian intervention in the modern world. He examines political, ethical, legal, strategic, economic, and operational dimensions and uses a wide range of cases to highlight key debates and controversies. This succinct and highly accessible survey is neither celebratory nor complacent. The author locates the normative evolution of what is increasingly known as “the responsibility to protect” in the context of the global war on terror and the 2005 UN World Summit. The result is an engaging exploration of the current dilemmas and future challenges for international humanitarian action in the twenty-first century. Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor of political science and director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: MAY 8, 2007

Category: Faculty Books | Political Science