Humanitarian Intervention: A Military View

  • J. W. Brinkman
Part of the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague book series (ISSTH)


Humanitarian operations are certainly not new. Armed forces have, for a long time, been involved in many humanitarian operations all over the world. Military interventions are also not new. Historically there are numerous examples of these kind of operations. Humanitarian intervention, however, is a relatively new phenomenon which adds another mechanism to international endeavours to maintain peace and ensure respect for human rights. It is therefore of great importance to define the term precisely which I do as follows: ‘Humanitarian intervention is a military enforcement operation for humanitarian purposes’.


Humanitarian Intervention Military Force Military Operation Military Intervention Humanitarian Assistance 
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© Institute of Social Studies 1998

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