Beyond Intervention

Adam Branch

in Displacing Human Rights

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199782086
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919130 | DOI:
Beyond Intervention

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Chapter 8 asks if the West can re-orient its approach to Africa so as to allow autonomous political projects to emerge instead of stifling those projects. Beginning with the dilemmas faced by Western human rights intervention in Africa, the chapter sketches a concept of human rights oriented around autonomous political organization and action and shows three routes through which intervention might avoid counterproductive political and practical consequences: first, by an Africanized practice of coercive humanitarian intervention that strives to re-establish the preconditions for political life in the face of overwhelming violence; second, through a practice of negotiated dis-intervention; and third, through what I call solidarity with consequences. All involve refutations of the Western interventionist model itself.

Keywords: humanitarian intervention; dis-intervention; solidarity; autonomy; global justice

Chapter.  6116 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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