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Between Pragmatism and Humanitarianism: The Humanitarian Intervention Concept and the NATO Intervention in Yugoslavia in 1999.

Nesic, Nikola LU (2010) SIMT73 20101
Master of Science in Global Studies
Graduate School
Abstract (Swedish)
The aim of this thesis is to study the legitimacy of interventionism which is based on human rights protection. In order to provide a wide and deep presentation of this complex phenomenon, this thesis is related to liberal democracy perspectives and the wider liberal tradition. To tie this study empirically this thesis provides a case study of humanitarian intervention in Yugoslavia in 1999. By seeking to overcome the contradiction between humanitarian intervention and state sovereignty, this thesis tries to find a balance as a compromise between solidarity and peace, a compromise which can avoid the abuse of the right on intervention and gross violations of human rights at the same time. Besides established theoretical literature, this... (More)
The aim of this thesis is to study the legitimacy of interventionism which is based on human rights protection. In order to provide a wide and deep presentation of this complex phenomenon, this thesis is related to liberal democracy perspectives and the wider liberal tradition. To tie this study empirically this thesis provides a case study of humanitarian intervention in Yugoslavia in 1999. By seeking to overcome the contradiction between humanitarian intervention and state sovereignty, this thesis tries to find a balance as a compromise between solidarity and peace, a compromise which can avoid the abuse of the right on intervention and gross violations of human rights at the same time. Besides established theoretical literature, this study includes sources and materials from the field, public statements and written works by actors and observers, political agreements and proposals. Special attention in this thesis was directed towards critical accounts of the unilateral humanitarian intervention concept, while Just war criteria as outlined by Wheeler were presented as essential parts of the humanitarian intervention doctrine. Apart from description, which aims to show positive and negative sides of this doctrine, this thesis offers some possible amendments in order to minimize risks of interventions. Аs possible solutions, this study argues for the necessity of extensive and impartial consultation among the involved states, transparent negotiations where peace and fair agreements with mutual benefits must be the final common goals, the free flow of information to disable war propaganda, and many other integrated elements. (Less)
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Nesic, Nikola LU
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SIMT73 20101
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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Kosovo and Metohija, Serbia, Yugoslavia, just war, humanitarian intervention, state sovereignty, human rights, Rambouillet
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English
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1710031
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  abstract     = {The aim of this thesis is to study the legitimacy of interventionism which is based on human rights protection. In order to provide a wide and deep presentation of this complex phenomenon, this thesis is related to liberal democracy perspectives and the wider liberal tradition. To tie this study empirically this thesis provides a case study of humanitarian intervention in Yugoslavia in 1999. By seeking to overcome the contradiction between humanitarian intervention and state sovereignty, this thesis tries to find a balance as a compromise between solidarity and peace, a compromise which can avoid the abuse of the right on intervention and gross violations of human rights at the same time.  Besides established theoretical literature, this study includes sources and materials from the field, public statements and written works by actors and observers, political agreements and proposals. Special attention in this thesis was directed towards critical accounts of the unilateral humanitarian intervention concept, while Just war criteria as outlined by Wheeler were presented as essential parts of the humanitarian intervention doctrine. Apart from description, which aims to show positive and negative sides of this doctrine, this thesis offers some possible amendments in order to minimize risks of interventions. Аs possible solutions, this study argues for the necessity of extensive and impartial consultation among the involved states, transparent negotiations where peace and fair agreements with mutual benefits must be the final common goals, the free flow of information to disable war propaganda, and many other integrated elements.},
  author       = {Nesic, Nikola},
  keyword      = {Kosovo and Metohija,Serbia,Yugoslavia,just war,humanitarian intervention,state sovereignty,human rights,Rambouillet},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Between Pragmatism and Humanitarianism: The Humanitarian Intervention Concept and the NATO Intervention in Yugoslavia in 1999.},
  year         = {2010},
}