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Humanitarian Intervention and International Relations$
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Jennifer M. Welsh

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267217

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199267219.001.0001

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Humanitarian Intervention and Afghanistan

Humanitarian Intervention and Afghanistan

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(p.163) 9 Humanitarian Intervention and Afghanistan
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Humanitarian Intervention and International Relations
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Simon Chesterman (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199267219.003.0009

This chapter argues that humanitarian intervention in Afghanistan provided much needed legitimacy to US military actions which were undertaken for (at best) partly humanitarian reasons. Operation Enduring Freedom, like most incidents claimed as humanitarian intervention, displayed a range of intentions — some genuine, some asserted, others claimed after the fact. It showed a recognition on the part of the acting state that such intervention cannot be purely military in character to be effective.

Keywords:   humanitarian intervention, Afghanistan, United States, Operation Enduring Freedom

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