The limitations of the use of hard power for humanitarian intervention by the UK in a 2025 timeframe

Hughes, Thomas Piran (2013) The limitations of the use of hard power for humanitarian intervention by the UK in a 2025 timeframe. MPhil(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This thesis examines the UK’s ability to legitimately apply hard power for the purpose of humanitarian intervention, over the next 10-15 years. It outlines the differences in the potential uses of hard power, with specific reference to the provisions made by the UN Charter, and also to UK Defence publications, which articulate the ‘Military Tasks’ and ‘Strategic Priorities’ within the ‘Strategy for Defence’. It examines the use of hard power in the form of humanitarian intervention, specifically linking legitimacy (with reference to Just War Theory and the UN’s ‘Responsibility to Protect’ concept) to a necessity for post-intervention stabilisation. Having established that intervention and stabilisation must be linked to legitimise a humanitarian intervention, the complexity and cost (in economic and human terms)of intervention with a subsequent period of stabilisation are discussed. Where it might be acknowledged that the true cost of intervention is too steep, other ways of projecting influence are outlined, specifically ideas to effect upstream prevention of the need for humanitarian intervention.

Item Type: Thesis (MPhil(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Keywords: humanitarian intervention, just war tradition, legitimacy, costs of humanitarian intervention, complexity of stabilisation, upstream prevention.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
J Political Science > JZ International relations
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Supervisor's Name: Marshall, Dr. Alex and Strachan, Prof. Sir Hew
Date of Award: 2013
Depositing User: Captain Thomas Hughes
Unique ID: glathesis:2013-5025
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2014 16:08
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2014 07:39

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