Politics vs. Justice: The Ethics of Humanitarian and Diplomatic Intervention
in Hilmi M. Zawati, the Triumph of Ethnic Hatred and the Failure of International Political Will: Gendered Violence and Genocide in the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda (Lewiston, N.Y.: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2010) Pp. 269-343.
75 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2015
Date Written: November 12, 2010
The ethno-national wars in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda were a test of the will of the international community to prevent or stop tragedy. The subsequent international embarrassments placed international credibility in question. As usual, politics and strategic interests overrode legal principles when the international community sought to resolve conflicts in neglected parts of the world. The United Nations, as well as the United States and the EC countries, were remarkably timid when it came to dealing with the Yugoslav and Rwandan conflicts before and during the crises. This ignominious failure was due to the superpowers’ lack of political will and diminished strategic interests in both countries, particularly after the end of the Cold War and the enforcement of the New World Order. This chapter critically scrutinizes the international community’s humanitarian and diplomatic failure in dealing with the crises in both countries.
Keywords: Politics vs. Justice; Ethics of Humanitarian and Diplomatic Intervention; Ethno-National Conflict; Failure of International Political Will; Former Yugoslavia; Rwanda; Bosnia-Herzegovina; Croatia; Kosovo; Hilmi Zawati.
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