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A right to interfere?: Bernard Kouchner and the new humanitarianism

Allen, Tim and Styan, David (2000) A right to interfere?: Bernard Kouchner and the new humanitarianism. Journal of International Development, 12 (6). pp. 825-842. ISSN 0954-1748

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Identification Number: 10.1002/1099-1328(200008)12:6<825::AID-JID711>3.0.CO;2-I


This paper examines French influence on humanitarian intervention, and in particular focuses on the role of Bernard Kouchner and the promotion of international interference within sovereign states. It is argued that the English language literature on humanitarianism has tended to overlook or downplay the importance of Kouchner's activities, which in fact have far-reaching implications. The origins of Kouchner's notion of a legal obligation to interfere are traced back to the Biafra war, and to fierce debates about ‘third-worldism’ in Paris. It is pointed out how key UN General Assembly and Security Council Resolutions reflect Kouchner's impact, and how he is ascribing his ideas to the UN system as a whole in his current position as head of the UN Mission on Kosovo.

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Additional Information: © 2000 John Wiley & Sons
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JX International law
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2012 14:30
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2024 03:00

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