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<b>Humanitarian Intervention and Afghanistan</b>

Simon Chesterman

in Humanitarian Intervention and International Relations

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780199267217
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601118 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199267219.003.0009
Humanitarian Intervention and Afghanistan

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This chapter argues that humanitarian intervention in Afghanistan provided much needed legitimacy to US military actions which were undertaken for (at best) partly humanitarian reasons. Operation Enduring Freedom, like most incidents claimed as humanitarian intervention, displayed a range of intentions — some genuine, some asserted, others claimed after the fact. It showed a recognition on the part of the acting state that such intervention cannot be purely military in character to be effective.

Keywords: humanitarian intervention; Afghanistan; United States; Operation Enduring Freedom

Chapter.  5965 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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