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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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Conclusion: waiting for the Americans

Conclusion: waiting for the Americans

(p.176) Conclusion: waiting for the Americans
Cosmopolitan Dystopia

Philip Cunliffe

Manchester University Press

This chapter offers concluding thoughts regarding humanitarian exceptionalism. It is argued that liberal interventionism has globalised political infantilism, and so undercuts the aspiration to political self-reliance and autonomy, as well as amplifying the conceits of US global leadership as the ‘indispensable nation’, luring the US and its Western allies into thinking that international order is easily malleable. The result has been enormously destructive. It is argued that the problem has not been the instrumentalisation of human rights, but the fact that they embody the ideology of permanent war and political paternalism.

Keywords:   sovereignty, self-determination, human rights, exceptionalism, international order

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