2 Aug

Military interventionThe British House of Commons Defence Select Committee has called for evidence in respect of UK intervention operations – asking various questions such as: does UK still have a role in intervention operations; if so, why, where, when and how? Dave Tisdale has here provided the following assessment as a start point for a possible input.

Since the formation of the United Nations international diplomacy has been locked into a legal position dictated through undertakings in the overarching UN Charter with action restrained or enabled by UN Security Council  resolutions and oversight and obligations inherent in historically extant international jurisprudence. The actions of nations being viewed and judged through this prism of internationally accepted legal, ethical and moral behaviour.

But how, in the 21st century, does this international system perform in practice? How do legal, ethical and moral imperatives impact national decisions? Notwithstanding the UN Charter, how do the realities of strategic necessity in international diplomacy – the application of soft, flexible and hard power – in pursuit of national interests impact the need for, and legitimacy of, International Intervention Operations?  

Using Syria as a recent case study and exploring previous UK military interventions, Dave provides an interesting insight into the topic.  Read Dave’s full report here: Military Intervention

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