'The genocide in Rwanda showed us how terrible the consequences of inaction can be in the face of mass murder. But the conflict in Kosovo raised equally important questions about the consequences of action without international consensus and clear legal authority. On the one hand, is it legitimate for a regional organisation to use force without a UN mandate On the other, is it permissible to let gross and systematic violations of human rights, with grave humanitarian consequences, continue unchecked ' (United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan). This book is a comprehensive, integrated discussion of 'the dilemma' of humanitarian intervention. Written by leading analysts of international politics, ethics, and law, it seeks, among other things, to identify strategies that may, if not resolve, at least reduce the current tension between human rights and state sovereignty. This volume is an invaluable contribution to the debate on all aspects of this vital global issue.
This 2003 paperback first edition is in a good, used condition. There are a few scuffs and minor scratches on the cover, front and back, and the spine is creased. The corners are bumped. The text block appears to be clean and unmarked.