The Foreign Policy of Western Countries: the Problem of Intervention

  • John Roper


The end of the Cold War and the development of a ‘hot peace’ have created a situation in which intervention presents a series of problems to policy-makers and, in particular, for that section of informed opinion which is concerned about morality and international relations. In this chapter the problem will be considered under two headings, although this division is not intended to suggest that the two aspects are not related. The first examines the way in which international law and institutions have evolved in their approach to intervention, and the specific case of humanitarian intervention. The second section will look at the political operational experience, examining some general problems as well as briefly surveying the post-Cold War experience.


Foreign Policy Security Council Humanitarian Intervention Military Force Military Intervention 
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