Humanitarian Intervention and Great Power Management in a Post-hegemonic World Order

Peter Viggo Jakobsen, Tonny Brems Knudsen

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This chapter examines the resort to humanitarian intervention in the unfolding post-hegemonic, multipolar and regionalized world order with Libya, Côte d’Ivoire, Syria and Mali as the main cases. It argues that humanitarian crisis management at the United Nations Security Council is shaped by the underlying fundamental institution of great power management and the associated practices of concert, soft balancing and hard balancing, which are back as real options after the end of US hegemony. Furthermore, there is strong evidence that great power agreement on humanitarian intervention and the legitimacy of such steps depends on the initiatives and involvement of regional organizations. In the African context, the regional organizations typically seek to align humanitarian principles with concerns for state building. This indicates that humanitarian intervention has become post-hegemonic, rather than obsolete.
TitelPower Transition in the Anarchical Society : Rising Powers, Institutional Change and the New World Order
RedaktørerTonny Brems Knudsen, Cornelia Navari
ForlagPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Trykt)978-3-030-97710-8
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-3-030-97711-5
StatusUdgivet - 2022
NavnPalgrave Studies in International Relations


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