Through the looking-glass
The new critics of intervention
in Cosmopolitan dystopia
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This chapter considers existing critiques of the post-Cold War era of the ‘new interventionism’. The strengths and weaknesses of these various accounts are explored, ranging from English School pluralism through legal defences of non-intervention rooted in the UN Charter, and political realist defences of international order and grand strategy, to those who argue that intervention has transformed the international order. Each of these various critiques is found wanting, either in its explanatory power or in its normative implications, or both. The critique offered in this chapter motivates the search for a more consistent account of liberal interventionism and its specific features.

Cosmopolitan dystopia

International intervention and the failure of the West


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