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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
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 compelling
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
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 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 21st Century.