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dc.contributor.author Wheeler, Nicholas
dc.contributor.author Coicaud, Jean-Marc
dc.date.accessioned 2009-04-24T10:14:32Z
dc.date.available 2009-04-24T10:14:32Z
dc.date.issued 2008-12-21
dc.identifier.citation Wheeler , N & Coicaud , J-M 2008 , National Interest Versus Solidarity: Particular and Universal Ethics in International Life . United Nations University Press . en
dc.identifier.isbn 9789280811476
dc.identifier.other PURE: 576470
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/1965
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1965
dc.identifier.uri http://www.unu.edu/unupress/sample-chapters/1147-NationalInterestAndInternationalSolidarity.pdf en
dc.description Wheeler, Nicholas, Coicaud, Jean-Marc, (eds) National Interest Versus Solidarity: Particular and Universal Ethics in International Life (Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 2008) What this book is about: Although this book originated from the issue of humanitarian intervention, it was never meant to be limited to that. Rather, from the outset the idea was to examine the relevance of the debates (arguments and counter-arguments) generated by the question of humanitarian intervention at a more general level. Extrapolating the discussions around humanitarian intervention to a broader international environment, the aim was to gain a better understanding of the motivations of actors who intervene in areas of crisis, and their evolution. Being understood, also, that intervening actors are usually from the top echelons of the international hierarchy of power, and that the areas where the interventions take place tend to be at the weaker end of the international distribution of power. It is in this perspective that the extent to which national interest and internationalist, or solidarity, considerations enter actors’ rationale to get involved in international crises became a primary concern of the editors of and contributors to this book. Focusing on crises in the context of which it is not obvious from a traditional national-interest point of view why international actors would choose to intervene, or how committed they are to solving the crises, the goal was to evaluate the respective weights of national interest (including security) on the one hand and internationalist (solidarity) considerations on the other. Since they are part of the framework of analysis, it may be helpful to first clarify what is, by and large, meant in this book by the notions of national interest, solidarity in general and solidarity at the international level, especially in relation to democratic values. en
dc.description.abstract This book has its origin in the intellectual and political climate of the 1990s, in the geopolitical and normative changes that followed the end of the Cold War.1 During this period, humanitarian interventions in particular became one of the key features of international and multilateral life, and the analysis of their motivation and implementation the topic of heated debates. Few were left indifferent to the suffering of millions of people, which international interventions were meant to alleviate. Yet, since helping meant challenging the mainstream conception of international order – a conception associated with the traditional and somewhat narrow understanding of the principle of national sovereignty (entailing noninterference in the internal affairs of other states) and of national interest – the issue of humanitarian intervention came to divide policymakers, academia and public opinion. Taking a clear and well-thought-out stand on humanitarian intervention, weighing the positive against the negative aspects, proved to be a demanding exercise. en
dc.format.extent 336 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher United Nations University Press
dc.title National Interest Versus Solidarity: Particular and Universal Ethics in International Life en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Book en
dc.contributor.institution Department of International Politics en


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