Moral Responsibility, Statecraft and Humanitarian Intervention
The US Response to Rwanda, Darfur, and Libya
This book explores the moral complexity of statecraft in the context of decision-making on armed intervention in the post-Cold War era.
This book adds to the debate on humanitarian intervention by analyzing the moral complexity of statecraft when confronted with situations of severe human rights violations. Through a comparative case study of President Bill Clinton administration’s failure to intervene in the Rwanda genocide (1994), the George W. Bush administration’s tepid response to the Darfur atrocities (2003-07), and the Barack Obama administration’s leadership behind the limited U.N. intervention in Libya (2011), it explores the factors – domestic and international – that influence decision-making about humanitarian intervention. These cases show, not only how international moral concerns often compete with interest-based and domestic concerns, but how decision-makers are often confronted by competing moral imperatives. In such situations, it is often not clear which imperatives should be followed. In an increasingly interconnected world, this book examines how we expect state leaders to balance different moral responsibilities.
This book will be of much interest to students of humanitarian intervention, the Responsibility to Protect, human rights, US foreign policy, African politics and IR in general.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. The Moral Dimension of Statecraft 2. The US Response to Rwanda 3. The US Response to Darfur 4. The US Response to Libya 5. Responsibility to Whom?
Cathinka Vik is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Technology and Society at Gjovik University College, Norway, and has a PhD in International Relations from the University of Miami.