The Non-intervention Norm and Intervention Practice in the 1990s
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Traditional inter-state wars are far fewer than before. Today, internal armed conflict has become the prevalent form of war, with perhaps some 90 per cent of wars falling into this category. However, regions differ enormously in terms of the use of force to resolve conflicts. Africa, for example, is a war-torn continent, whereas in Europe, which has witnessed hundreds of traditional wars throughout the centuries — war used to be a normal tool of foreign policy until the First World War — there is today no territorial threat. Europe integrated in the EU is even deemed a ‘security community’ where the sense of common security is so strong that politics has become ‘de-securitized’.
KeywordsForeign Policy Security Policy Humanitarian Intervention Legal Norm Political Legitimacy
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