From Kosovo to Kabul : Human Rights and International Intervention
This text takes a critical look at the way in which human rights issues have been brought to the fore in international affairs. For ten years, the language of international intervention has been transformed. The UN and Nato's new policy of interventionism - as shown in Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo and East Timor - has been hailed as "humanitarian action", part of a new "ethical" approach to foreign policy. The establisment of an international criminal court and ad hoc tribunals for war crimes in the former Yugoslavia reflect this shift in perception, which has been welcomed by world leaders, government critics and even NGOs. 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.
- Hardback | 288 pages
- 135 x 215 x 19.05mm | 567g
- 01 Jun 2002
- PLUTO PRESS
- London, United Kingdom
- references, select bibliography, index
About David Chandler
David Chandler is currently a Research Fellow at Leeds Metropolitan University. He is the author of Bosnia: Faking Democracy After Dayton (Pluto Press, 1999).
Table of contents
Introduction - "the idea of the age"; human rights-based "humanitarianism"; the attraction of ethical foreign policy; the limits of human rights theory; international law and the challenge of human rights; war - the lesser of two evils; the retreat from political equality; conclusion - humanism or human rights.
'Chandler deftly unpicks the hypocrisy and double standards behind our "ethical" bombing in the balkans and Asia.' Boyd Tonkin, The Independent 'Chandler's book is thorough and relentless in its critique of human rights consensus.' --Jon Holbrook - Spiked