The conceit of humanitarian intervention rajan menon challenges the conventional wisdom on humanitarian intervention brings to light the strategic consequences of military intervention challenging the view that it is the effective and natural solution to mass atrocities. I n this contrarian book menon argues that the entire project of humanitarian intervention is deeply problematic his critique is realist despite lots of talk about international norms and human rights power and interests still drive world politics he asserts the united states and european countries waited three years before intervening in the bosnian war and they finally did so in . The conceit of humanitarian intervention by rajan menon is a study of the various interventions that have occurred in the post cold war world and a look at the motives for the countries that have intervened and more importantly when they have not intervened. The conceit of humanitarian intervention is an excellent guide for policy makers and for anyone participating in the policy discussion the next time a situation arises in which talk begins about . The post cold war period has witnessed a substantial increase in armed humanitarian interventions the use of military force by one or more states acting with or without the imprimatur of the united nations to stop mass atrocities in another state generally without its consent and thus without regard to its sovereignty
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