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Cosmopolitan Dystopia: International Intervention and the Failure of the West

Philip Cunliffe


Liberal cosmopolitanism promised a humane and progressive vision of global reform and improvement, in contrast to the terrible utopian projects of the twentieth century. Yet the efforts to globalise human rights and democracy through force have subverted the liberal international order and produced a new type of cosmopolitan dystopia, in the form of permanent war, jihadist insurrection and a new paternalism embodied in transnational protectorates and the paradigm of ‘sovereignty as responsibility’. Cosmopolitan Dystopia explains how this came about through the rise of humanitarian exceptionali ... More

Keywords: cosmopolitanism, sovereignty, humanitarianism, intervention, R2P

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781526105721
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7765/9781526151452


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Cunliffe, author
University of Kent