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Brazil as a Rising Power Intervention Norms and the Contestation of Global Order

Edited By Kai Michael Kenkel, Philip Cunliffe Copyright 2016
    234 Pages
    by Routledge

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    by Routledge

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    This book examines the normative tensions inherent in upward mobility within the international system, focusing particularly on the clash between sovereign self-interest and the putatively universal norms associated with international interventions. It provides extensive detail and deep analysis of Brazil’s nature as a rising power, and that nature’s implications for how the country crafts its international profile on issues such as intervention. In addition, the book proposes innovative ways of (re)organising thematic, conceptual and empirical research on the normative behaviour of emergent powers with regard to institutions of global governance and questions of intervention.

    In analysing what distinguishes Brazil as a rising power, the contributors begin from the assumption that participation in intervention is an increasingly crucial element in demonstrating the capacity and responsibility for which demand accrues as a state seeks increased international profile. As such, the debates around intervention serve as an indicative locus for examining the clash of norms that accompanies emergence as a global player. The book’s approach is to organise the analysis around thematic rather than chronological or praxis-based lines, using the Brazilian case as an illustrative example capable of extrapolation to other emerging powers such as Turkey, India and others.

    This work draws together rich empirical detail with sophisticated and varied conceptual analysis and will be of interest to scholars of international relations, Latin-American politics and global governance.


    Introduction.  Rebels or aspirants: Rising powers, normative contestation and intervention KAI MICHAEL KENKEL AND PHILIP CUNLIFFE  1. Rising powers and international intervention: The constraints on collective action ALCIDES COSTA VAZ  2. Norms and tolerance between words and deeds: Brazil’s long-term approach to global governance ANTONIO JORGE RAMALHO  3. Modernization in-between: The ambivalent role of Brazil in contemporary peacebuilding efforts in Africa MARTA FERNÁNDEZ AND CARLOS FREDERICO PEREIRA DA SILVA GAMA  4. International interventions and the use of force: A theoretical framework for understanding rising powers’ normative responses CARLOS CHAGAS VIANNA BRAGA  5. The ethics of the "responsibility while protecting": Brazil, the Responsibility to Protect, and the restrictive approach to humanitarian intervention JAMES PATTISON  6. Multilateral interventions as a power-enhancing instrument: Rising powers’ path from the periphery to the center NIL SEDA SATANA  7. A right of intervention or a global-social R2P? OLIVER P. RICHMOND  8. R2P and the interplay between policy and norms in a shifting global order RAMESH THAKUR


    Philip Cunliffe is a Senior Lecturer in International Conflict at the University of Kent.

    Kai Michael Kenkel is part of the permanent faculty at PUC-Rio, Brazil.