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Waging War to Make Peace: U.S. Intervention in Global Conflicts (Praeger Security International)

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"Susan Yoshihara has broken through the obfuscation surrounding 'humanitarian intervention' with this important analysis. Policy-makers and scholars alike will see new insights into the issues under debate. And the certainties that many see, erroneously, in international law and morality will never be the same again." (Ambassador John Bolton)

"This remarkable book analyzes the debates in Britain, France, Germany, and the United States on the use of force in the 1999 Kosovo conflict and the 2003 Iraq war. The analysis is conducted within the framework of centuries-old traditions of thinking about how to justify and authorize the use of force, and about moral and legal obligations to intervene in defense of human rights. The result is a study of enduring merit. It maintains a focus on human dignity and humanitarian responsibilities, and it offers enlightening insights on continuing tensions among distinct views on national sovereignty, international law, and moral duties." (David Yost, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, author of NATO Transformed: the Alliance's New Roles in International Security)

"Susan Yoshihara's book offers an illuminating perspective on an issue that has generated more heat than light in recent years: the legitimacy of humanitarian intervention. Drawing on Martin Wight's three traditions of international thought, she reflects on the relationship between law, politics and morality as played out in the debates over intervention in Kosovo and Iraq. Her account covers topics as diverse as the drivers of US foreign policy and NATO politics to the impact of values on international relations and the obligations states have to act in the face of human suffering. Sophisticated yet accessible to non-specialists, this thought-provoking book deserves to be read policy-makers, lawyers and theorists of world politics alike." (Ian Johnstone, Professor of International Law, The Fletcher School, Tufts University)

About the Author

Susan Yoshihara, PhD, is vice president for research at Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) and director of the International Organizations Research Group in New York, NY.


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Product Details

  • Series: Praeger Security International
  • Hardcover: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (April 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275999912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275999919
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,853,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By William P. Mckenna on August 18, 2011
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I would definitely recommend Waging War to Make Peace for those interested in the moral and foreign policy justifications used for humanitarian military intervention. The focus in this book is on the justifications used for military interventions in Kosovo and Iraq. In addition to examining these justifications, the author has helpfully embedded a primer on the various traditions of international relations and provides an analyses of the justifications (or the objections to these justifications) from China, Germany, Great Britain, France and the United States which were quite interesting.
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