Geopolitics of Intervention: Way Forward

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Political Science book series (BRIEFSPOLITICAL)


The rise of R2P and the doctrine of international humanitarian intervention has triggered a backlash on the UN. As the critiques grew in tenor and intensity since the outbreak of the Arab Uprisings, an unlikely diplomatic battle has been brewing in the UN which could shape the future course of R2P and humanitarian intervention. At the core of this battle is the rise of the ‘Small Five’ or S5 that attempt to limit the unbridled veto power of the P5. The motivating force of the S5 is the R2P-related concept of RN2V—the responsibility not to veto. Beyond the UN reform, scholars are looking at what they call the new politics of protection and where R2P and international humanitarian intervention fit into the larger phenomenon of the emerging global order. A major question being explored is whether the trend towards international humanitarian intervention will give rise to an “Eastphalian order” in which the principle of sovereignty, now under threat largely from the West, is being defended by the East and the non-Western powers.


Small five Responsibility not to veto UN reform Veto system New politics of protection International criminal court 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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