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(p. 265) 15. Humanitarian Intervention and Peace Operations 

(p. 265) 15. Humanitarian Intervention and Peace Operations
(p. 265) 15. Humanitarian Intervention and Peace Operations

Sheena Chestnut Greitens

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date: 08 July 2020

This chapter deals with humanitarian interventions and peace operations. It first describes the transition from traditional peacekeeping to more ambitious post-cold war peace operations, paying attention to some of the difficulties of principle and practice that emerged in that transition. It then considers the politics of intervention and the constraints imposed by international and domestic politics, focusing on the politics of the United Nations Security Council and the impact of Western public opinion on humanitarian interventions. It also analyses the applicability of the main principles of war to peace operations and how these principles interact with political imperatives. The chapter concludes by discussing future challenges for peacekeeping and the effects of peacekeeping, taking into account the perspectives of the individuals and communities targeted by intervention and peacekeeping efforts.

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