Enforcing Restraint: Collective Intervention in Internal Conflicts

Enforcing Restraint: Collective Intervention in Internal Conflicts


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Despite the seemingly uncontrollable conflicts within the boundaries of many nation-states today, the end of the Cold War has provided new opportunities to mobilize the collective will of the international community to deal with these internal disputes. One of the first books to focus on the evolution in attitudes toward intervention, Enforcing Restraint is a timely examination of the role of the international community, and the increased responsibility of the United States, in resolving internal strife where it threatens international stability.

In Enforcing Restraint, eight authorities on international relations and international law examine acute cases of internal crises that provoked collective responses – Yugoslavia, Iraq, Haiti, Liberia, Somalia, and Cambodia. The authors survey options open to the international community for dealing with each crisis, including economic sanctions and the use of force.

The book also addresses the role of the United Nations and regional or other subglobal organizations, the impact of sanctions on domestic populations, and the relevance of international law to the control of violence within borders. Framing the case studies are an overview of past collective action and the circumstances that provoked it and prospects for new standards of international law to be universally applied.


Comparative and Foreign Law | International Law | International Relations | Law | Political Science | Social and Behavioral Sciences




Council on Foreign Relations Press


New York, NY

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