Humanitarian Intervention


Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture: Holding World Leaders Accountable to Reducing Global Poverty and Protecting Civilians (Audio)

Speaker: Jan Egeland
Presider: Gillian M. Sorensen

Listen to Jan Egeland, special adviser to the secretary-general of the United Nations, discuss the current state of international humanitarian affairs and how world leaders can be more involved in solving related crises.

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Oxfam: A Fair Foreign Policy

This report from UK development charity Oxfam says that UK foreign policy is at a crossroads, as one prime minister hands over the reins to another. It cautions that as foreign-policy discussions remain dominated by the debacle in Iraq, the danger is that UK foreign policy could lurch to a much more cautious approach, turning away from trying to solve the world’s worst crises, with potentially catastrophic consequences for people in them.

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Council Special Report No. 22

Darfur and Beyond

Author: Lee Feinstein

This report argues that the new UN secretary-general should take the General Assembly's endorsement of responsibility to protect as a mandate and as a mission statement. And the United States and others must take steps to bolster UN action and be available when the UN is not.

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Teaching Module: Perspectives on the Postwar Reconstruction "Fiasco"'

Author: David L. Phillips

Why should the United States care about rogue regimes or failed states? Simply put, unstable regimes are a threat to U.S. interests. Terror groups and criminal networks find haven in weak or failed states. They exploit porous borders to move people, money, weapons, and drugs. Human security is affected when government institutions are unable to meet basic needs or provide essential services. Poverty, disease, and humanitarian emergencies have transnational implications. Not only are conflict prevention and nation-building investments in U.S. security, they are also consistent with American ideals.

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