Palmarias of the Libyan Army destroyed by French air force near Benghazi, 19 March 2011. Photo: Bernd Brincken
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To Save R2P, the International System Must Save Itself

Palmarias of the Libyan Army destroyed by French air force near Benghazi, 19 March 2011. Photo: Bernd Brincken

At the end of a century of violence, the international community decisively intervened in East Timor in 1999 to prevent atrocities occurring at the hand of Indonesian militias. Conducting the first successful intervention after Rwanda and Srebrenica …

Royal Navy Frigate HMS Sutherland Conducts Night Firings with 4.5" Gun Off The Coast of Libya
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Libya: Reminiscence of Operation Unified Protector

Royal Navy Frigate HMS Sutherland Conducts Night Firings with 4.5″ Gun Off The Coast of Libya (29 July, 2011) via Flickr Commons

On 17th March 2011 – the United Nations Security Council passed the resolution 1973 authorizing member states “to take all necessary measures” against any threat towards “civilians and civilian populated areas” in the …

A Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 aircraft at a base in Southern Italy during operations in Libya in 2011 – SAC Sally Raimondo via Defence Imagery
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What’s Missing In Military Intervention

A Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 aircraft at a base in Southern Italy during operations in Libya in 2011 – SAC Sally Raimondo via Defence Imagery

Beginning in the 1990s, the concept of military intervention became increasingly accepted as a means of upholding the new humanitarianism of a post-Cold War order in which states’ sovereignty would …