"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.