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The Road To Kandahar: British Military Interventions And International Law

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The current manifestation of international intervention in Afghanistan, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), is being undertaken under the authority of the United Nations Security Council. This chapter seeks to give a more informed account of the arguments of law and justice behind the British military contribution to the current fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan. In the period prior to the establishment of the League, States developed the practice of armed reprisals usually in the form of bombardments or military expeditions, as well as other forms of gun boat diplomacy, whereby States would seek to punish wrongful acts committed against them by other States. The Cold War period saw frequent and flagrant violations of the prohibition on the use of force, with very little enforcement action being taken against transgressors.

Keywords: Afghanistan; British military intervention; Cold War period; international law; United Nations Security Council



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