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Mänsklig säkerhet eller suveränitet? En postkolonial studie av The Responsbility to Protect

Pudaric, Martin LU (2017) STVK02 20162
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The inability of the Security Council to consistently apply The Responsibility to Protect has drawn criticism towards the council, accusing it of a western bias. If true, this could prove a serious dent in the UN’s ambition to maintain international peace and security according to the seventh chapter of the UN charter. The aim of this study is to compare and analyze different conflicts in order to identify variables which could tell us something about a potential bias. Since the criticism has been voiced mainly by representatives of the “third world”, a postcolonial perspective will be used to analyze the results of the study along with postcolonial theories on state-building and a critical perspective on security. The results of the study... (More)
The inability of the Security Council to consistently apply The Responsibility to Protect has drawn criticism towards the council, accusing it of a western bias. If true, this could prove a serious dent in the UN’s ambition to maintain international peace and security according to the seventh chapter of the UN charter. The aim of this study is to compare and analyze different conflicts in order to identify variables which could tell us something about a potential bias. Since the criticism has been voiced mainly by representatives of the “third world”, a postcolonial perspective will be used to analyze the results of the study along with postcolonial theories on state-building and a critical perspective on security. The results of the study show us that there is a significant difference in importance between the variables when an intervention is considered, and that the occurrence of war crimes and crimes against humanity is rarely considered enough for an intervention to be executed.
The finalizing discussion concludes that there doesn’t appear to be any clear logic in the way which the Security Council applies The Responsibility to Protect, which could lead to serious legitimacy issues for the Security Council if left unsolved. (Less)
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author
Pudaric, Martin LU
supervisor
organization
course
STVK02 20162
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
The Responsibility to Protect, Sovereignty, Intervention, Human Security, Postcolonialism
language
Swedish
id
8897609
date added to LUP
2017-02-08 14:25:52
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2017-02-08 14:25:52
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  abstract     = {The inability of the Security Council to consistently apply The Responsibility to Protect has drawn criticism towards the council, accusing it of a western bias. If true, this could prove a serious dent in the UN’s ambition to maintain international peace and security according to the seventh chapter of the UN charter. The aim of this study is to compare and analyze different conflicts in order to identify variables which could tell us something about a potential bias. Since the criticism has been voiced mainly by representatives of the “third world”, a postcolonial perspective will be used to analyze the results of the study along with postcolonial theories on state-building and a critical perspective on security. The results of the study show us that there is a significant difference in importance between the variables when an intervention is considered, and that the occurrence of war crimes and crimes against humanity is rarely considered enough for an intervention to be executed.
The finalizing discussion concludes that there doesn’t appear to be any clear logic in the way which the Security Council applies The Responsibility to Protect, which could lead to serious legitimacy issues for the Security Council if left unsolved.},
  author       = {Pudaric, Martin},
  keyword      = {The Responsibility to Protect,Sovereignty,Intervention,Human Security,Postcolonialism},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Mänsklig säkerhet eller suveränitet? En postkolonial studie av The Responsbility to Protect},
  year         = {2017},
}