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From Kosovo to Kabul and Beyond

Human Rights and International Intervention

By (author) David Chandler
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Pluto Press, London, United Kingdom
Published: 20th Dec 2005
Dimensions: w 135mm h 215mm d 13mm
Weight: 363g
ISBN-10: 0745325041
ISBN-13: 9780745325040
Barcode No: 9780745325040
Synopsis
This new and updated edition of David Chandler's acclaimed book takes a critical look at the way in which human rights issues have been brought to the fore in international affairs. The UN and Nato's new policy of interventionism--as shown in Iraq, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo and East Timor--has been hailed as part of a new 'ethical' approach to foreign policy. David Chandler offers a rigorous critique of this apparently benign shift in international relations to reveal the worrying political implications of a new human rights discourse. He asks why the West can now prioritise the rights of individuals over the traditional rights of state sovereignty, and why this shift has happened so quickly. Charting the development of a human rights-based foreign policy, he considers the theoretical problems of defining human rights and sets this within the changing framework of international law. Meticulous and compelling, From Kosovo to Kabul and Beyond offers a disturbing insight into the political implications of a human rights-led foreign policy, and the covert agenda that it conceals.

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'Thorough and relentless in its critique of human rights consensus' -- Spiked 'David Chandler has emerged in recent years as one of Britain's foremost critics of the hypocrisy of human rights' -- The Spectator 'That the human rights rationale for interventionism is a genuine menace to human rights and to democracy is convincingly demonstrated in this fine book' -- Edward S. Herman 'Deftly unpicks the hypocrisy and double standards behind our 'ethical' bombing in the Balkans and Asia' -- Independent