From Kosovo to Kabul and Beyond

From Kosovo to Kabul and Beyond : Human Rights and International Intervention

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This new and updated edition of David Chandler's acclaimed book takes a critical look at the way in which human rights issues have been brought to the fore in international affairs.The UN and Nato's new policy of interventionism--as shown in Iraq, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo and East Timor--has been hailed as part of a new 'ethical' approach to foreign policy. David Chandler offers a rigorous critique of this apparently benign shift in international relations to reveal the worrying political implications of a new human rights discourse. He asks why the West can now prioritise the rights of individuals over the traditional rights of state sovereignty, and why this shift has happened so quickly. Charting the development of a human rights-based foreign policy, he considers the theoretical problems of defining human rights and sets this within the changing framework of international law. Meticulous and compelling, From Kosovo to Kabul and Beyond offers a disturbing insight into the political implications of a human rights-led foreign policy, and the covert agenda that it more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 134 x 212 x 18mm | 358.34g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New
  • 0745325041
  • 9780745325040
  • 755,824

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'Thorough and relentless in its critique of human rights consensus' -- Spiked 'David Chandler has emerged in recent years as one of Britain's foremost critics of the hypocrisy of human rights' -- The Spectator 'That the human rights rationale for interventionism is a genuine menace to human rights and to democracy is convincingly demonstrated in this fine book' -- Edward S. Herman 'Deftly unpicks the hypocrisy and double standards behind our 'ethical' bombing in the Balkans and Asia' -- Independentshow more

About David Chandler

David Chandler is Professor of International Relations, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster. He has written widely on democracy, human rights and international relations and is also the author of From Kosovo to Kabul: Human Rights and International Intervention (Pluto Press) and Constructing Global Civil Society: Morality and Power in International Relations (2004), editor of Rethinking Human Rights: Critical Approaches to International Politics (2002) and Peace without Politics: Ten Years of State-Building in Bosnia (2005), and co-editor of Global Civil Society: Contested Futures (2005).show more

Table of contents

1. Introduction: `The Idea of the Age' 2. Human Rights-Based `Humanitarianism' 3. The Attraction of Ethical Foreign Policy 4. The Limits of Human Rights Theory 5. International Law and the Challenge of Human Rights 6. War: The Lesser of Two Evils 7. The Retreat from Political Equality 8. Conclusion: Humanism or Human Rights Afterword to new edition References and Select Bibliography Indexshow more

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