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State-Building Or The Dilemma Of Intervention: An Introduction

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Recent developments in international law and international politics have highlighted the importance of state-building. When states collapse, divide, or parts of states secede, new states need to be built. This chapter develops the framework in which the international community acts when involved in the process of state-building. It begins with a description of what we call the dilemma of intervention, followed by a definition of the notion of state-building. With the end of the relatively stable Cold War era came the era of interventions. Looking back at the last fifteen years, one can identify a variety of reasons for these interventions: (a) humanitarianism; (b) the right to self-defence; and (c) Realpolitik. Since the most drastic consequences of interventions are generally showing in the aftermath of a military intervention, the chapter introduces the reader to the general legal framework for international influence.

Keywords: humanitarianism; international law; military intervention; self-defence; state-building



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