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Can Intervention Work? (Amnesty International Global Ethics)


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Rory Stewart (author of ) and Gerald Knaus distill their remarkable firsthand experiences of political and military interventions into a potent examination of what we can and cannot achieve in a new era of "nation building." As they delve into the massive, military-driven efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkans, the expansion of the EU, and the bloodless "color" revolutions in the former Soviet states, the authors reveal each effort's enormous consequences for international relations, human rights, and our understanding of state building. Stewart and Knaus parse carefully the philosophies that have informed interventionism--from neoconservative to liberal imperialist--and draw on their diverse experiences in the military, nongovernmental organizations, and the Iraqi provincial government to reveal what we can ultimately expect from large-scale interventions, and how they might best realize positive change in the world.

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This book, part of the Amnesty International Global Ethics Series, contains two essays about international interventions in isolated conflicts. Rory Stewart, a member of the British parliament, reflects on why intervention in Iraq failed when it seemed likely to succeed. Gerald Knaus, a Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School, examines the UN intervention in Kosovo in the 1990s and why it seems to have been a success when the international community decided it was a failure. They are not academic essays, though they grew out of conversations in a course and study group at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2010-11. They are more concerned with what makes interventions fail and succeed than any moral or ethical questions about war or politics, though both authors agree that some situations call for intervention. Each essay starts with a detailed time-line of relevant events and ends with copious notes, but the book is not indexed. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


Best-selling author Rory Stewart and political economist Gerald Knaus examine the impact of large-scale interventions, from Bosnia to Afghanistan.

About the Author

Rory Stewart is a member of the British Parliament and the former Ryan Professor of Human Rights Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School.Gerald Knaus, founding chairman of the European Stability Initiative, is a Carr Center Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School.

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Stewart, Rory
W. W. Norton & Company
Knaus, Gerald
International Relations
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Norton Global Ethics Series
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