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Cosmopolitan DystopiaInternational Intervention and the Failure of the West$
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Philip Cunliffe

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526105721

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526151452

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Through the looking-glass: the new critics of intervention

Through the looking-glass: the new critics of intervention

(p.63) Chapter 2 Through the looking-glass: the new critics of intervention
Cosmopolitan Dystopia

Philip Cunliffe

Manchester University Press

This chapter considers existing critiques of the post-Cold War era of the ‘new interventionism’. The strengths and weaknesses of these various accounts are explored, ranging from English School pluralism through legal defences of non-intervention rooted in the UN Charter, and political realist defences of international order and grand strategy, to those who argue that intervention has transformed the international order. Each of these various critiques is found wanting, either in its explanatory power or in its normative implications, or both. The critique offered in this chapter motivates the search for a more consistent account of liberal interventionism and its specific features.

Keywords:   English School, pluralism, realism, UN, UN Charter, sovereignty

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