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  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, U.S.A.; New Ed edition (23 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199253102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199253104
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 2.3 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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The emerging literature on humanitarian intervention has been enriched by this exquisitely written and argued thesis in support of what has historically been a theoretical norm. A balanced assessment. (ASIL Newsletter (American Society of International Law))

We do not lack for publications on the topic of humanitarian intervention ... Among the best of these publications is Nicholas Wheeler's Saving Strangers ... stimulating, well-considered contributions. (www.apsanet.org (The American Political Science Association Online))

About the Author

Nicholas J. Wheeler holds a Chair in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. He is the author of Saving Strangers: Humanitarian Intervention in International Society (2000), co-author (with Ken Booth) of The Security Dilemma: Fear, Cooperation and Trust in World Politics (2007) and co-editor (with Tim Dunne) of Human Rights in Global Politics (2000).


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By A Customer on 14 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
The subject of humanitarian intervention, and whether it has become a legitimate practice amongst the society of states, has been one of the defining debates in international relations in the 1990's. Dr Wheeler's book on this incredibly complex moral question is of the very highest calibre in terms of its scope and definition. One of its key strengths as a text lies in its suitability for both those who are new to the subject matter, especially in its discussion of the case studies, and for the more experienced reader in terms of the theoretical basis of Wheeler's position on how one can judge the success or otherwise of humanitarian intervention.
The book's overall objective is to trace the development of humanitarian intervention over the last thirty years. The case studies include interventions in the 1970's by India, Vietnam and Tanzania, all of which are extremely well presented and well structured. Whilst it is difficult to argue that these cases constituted what we would now term "humanitarian intervention", their inclusion in this book is very important as they mirror many of the concerns felt in the 1990's about the dilemma of pursuing humanitarian justice, whilst preserving the balance of global order, a key debate in not only humanitarian intervention, but in international relations as a whole.
The 1990's case studies are undoubtedly the core strength of the text, and are extremely well presented. The cases featured include the Iraq "no-Fly Zones", the U.S intervention in Somalia, the Rwandan Genocide, and the related cases of Bosnia and Kosovo. Presented in chronological order, they chart the history of action and inaction of the international community to incidents of humanitarian emergency over the course of the 1990's.
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Humanitarian Intervention has been a touchy topic in the world politics arena ever since the term was coined. N. Wheeler explores this topic in a wonderfully organised and objective manner. Looking into intervention in the 1970s, and the response of the world and mainly the United Nations Wheeler puts forward and interesting and easy to understand view of both the physical and theoretical world of Humanitarian intervention.

Using compelling case studies presented in an immaculate way Wheeler points out the pros and cons of humanitarian intervention, the total lack of understanding or desire to help by certain strong nations in the world, and the legal difficulties in international law and international relations regarding the act of intervening in the business of sovereign states.

The book is ideal for first year students of international relations, helping them to understand the theoretical and legal aspect of a very big issue within the field. However it is also helpful to more experienced readers as a point of references and a well structured point of view.

I would recommend this book very highly to anyone who is interested in the subject matter.
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