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Humanitarian Intervention The Case of Somalia
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Learning Goals Somalia as an illustration of some of the ethical dilemmas of humanitarian intervention. Big question: When is it morally appropriate for countries to intervene in humanitarian crises (of whatever scope or strength)?
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Situation in Somalia Before the intervention, what was the situation in Somalia? Long-time dictator Mohd. Siad Barre had fallen (January 1991). No more superpower struggle in the Horn of Africa, no real strategic interest in Somalia, allowed to dissolve into feuding militias/clans. Bad weather and bad politics contribute to creating a famine. Media coverage generates sympathy. Desire to “do something” (not sit by as in Ethiopia in the 80s)
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Why did the U.S. intervene in Somalia, 1991-1993? Was there a just cause? Revival of interest in humanitarian intervention in wake of Cold War, new possibilities of multilateral action Humanitarian intervention consensus possible when: 1) UN authorized, 2) truly humanitarian— large number of lives at risk, 3) last no longer than needed to overcome humanitarian crisis. Somalia? Sovereignty no longer considered absolute
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Give content to a New World Order (Bush) Bush lost election, do something grand on the way out, foreign policy president Didn’t do anything much contemporaneously as Yugoslavia imploding and Iraq cracking down on
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course PLS 222 taught by Professor Tan during the Spring '08 term at University of North Carolina Wilmington.

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