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The media and international intervention
Author: Philip Hammond

The first major post-Cold War conflict, the 1991 Gulf war, indicated how much had already changed. Saddam Hussein had enjoyed Western support in Iraq's war against Iran in the 1980s, but was abruptly cast as the 'new Hitler' after his invasion of Kuwait in August 1990. This book is about how the media have interpreted conflict and international intervention in the years after the Cold War. By comparing press coverage of a number of different wars and crises, it seeks to establish which have been the dominant themes in explaining the post-Cold War international order and to discover how far the patterns established prior to the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks have subsequently changed. The key concern is with the legitimacy of Western intervention: the aim is to investigate the extent to which Western military action is represented in news reporting as justifiable and necessary. The book presents a study that looks at UK press coverage of six conflicts and the international response to them: two instances of 'humanitarian military intervention' (Somalia and Kosovo); two cases in which the international community was criticised for not intervening (Bosnia and Rwanda); and two post-9/11 interventions (Afghanistan and Iraq). There were a number of overlapping UN and US interventions in Somalia in the early 1990s. Operation Restore Hope was the first major instance of post-Cold War humanitarian military intervention, following the precedent set by the establishment of 'safe havens' for Iraqi Kurds and other minorities at the end of the 1991 Gulf war.

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Philip Hammond

pulled out in March 1994 and all other UN troops had left by March 1995. Operation Restore Hope, the largest operation, deployed over 30,000 US and allied forces, with the declared objective of protecting the delivery of humanitarian aid against looting, and was the first major instance of post-Cold War humanitarian military intervention, following the precedent set by the establishment of ‘safe havens

in Framing post-Cold War conflicts
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Policymaking and intelligence on Iraq
James P. Pfiffner and Mark Phythian

the President and Prime Minister, the roles of Congress and Parliament, the role and limits of intelligence, the management of public opinion, and the ethics of humanitarian military intervention. The case is unusual for such a contemporary event in that much official documentation is publicly available, allowing students to gain a nuanced understanding of both the process of going to war in Iraq and the making and

in Intelligence and national security policymaking on Iraq
Ben Cohen and Eve Garrard

precipitate a general humanitarian crisis in the country concerned, likewise had to be respected; or that the sovereignty of a regime that presided over people starving to death through its own misrule had also to be respected. A system of international law that accommodates such things must surely be accounted gravely deficient. To this it may be counter-argued that the threshold under discussion applies only to humanitarian military intervention; the perpetrators of state crimes may still be brought to justice after the event. The point is an important one. Dispensing

in The Norman Geras Reader
Norman Geras

describe as either genocidal or such as to precipitate a general humanitarian crisis in the country concerned, likewise had to be respected; or that the sovereignty of a regime that presided over people starving to death through its own misrule had also to be respected. A system of international law that accommodates such things must surely be accounted gravely deficient. To this it may be counter-argued that the threshold under discussion applies only to humanitarian military intervention; the perpetrators of state crimes may still be brought to justice after the event

in Crimes against humanity
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Framing post-Cold War conflicts
Philip Hammond

1991 and was then criticised for not intervening enough. In Somalia, the US staged an elaborate and highly publicised ‘humanitarianmilitary intervention, justified in terms of a moral obligation to act, and was criticised for not doing enough or for lacking stamina and commitment. In the case of both Bosnia and Rwanda, the criticisms were similar, with the West apparently lagging behind the demands

in Framing post-Cold War conflicts
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Universalism and the Jewish question
Robert Fine and Philip Spencer

individuals responded to belated top-down attempts to put a check on mass murders – through humanitarian military interventions, the formulation of a Responsibility to Protect, the extension of the concepts of genocide and crimes against humanity in international criminal law, the institution of international criminal courts, etc. – left us wondering how the idea of progress could be defended or resurrected from the bottom up. As we moved into the new

in Antisemitism and the left
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Philip Hammond

attempted to turn the argument around by claiming that they were acting to uphold UN authority. According to the joint Azores summit statement, it was Saddam’s defiance of Security Council resolutions which had ‘undermined the authority of the UN’ ( Independent , 17 March). The argument recalled earlier debates about humanitarian military intervention: if the UN was unable or unwilling to act decisively, a

in Framing post-Cold War conflicts
Kader Asmal

‘Cosmopolitanism and organised violence’, p. 3. 17 Sen, ‘The uses and abuses of multiculturalism’, p. 3. 18 Kaldor, ‘Cosmopolitanism and organised violence’, p. 3. 19 Kaldor, ‘Cosmopolitanism and organised violence’, p. 4. 20 William Smith, ‘Anticipating a cosmopolitan future: the case of humanitarian military intervention’, International Politics, 44 (2007), 79. 21 Amartya Sen, Development as Freedom (New York: Alfred A Knopf,1999), p. 240. 22 Amartya Sen, ‘It’s right to rebel’, Yale Global (19 November 2002), http:// yaleglobal.yale.edu/content/it’s-right-rebel (last

in Peacemaking in the twenty-first century
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Naomi Head

Cosmopolitan Future: The Case of Humanitarian Military Intervention’, International Politics, 44:1 ( 2007 ), 79. 33 K. M. Fierke, Changing Games, Changing Strategies: Critical Investigations in Security (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1998 ), Chapter 1

in Justifying violence