A Reading List on: Military Intervention

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While the merits of intervention on humanitarian grounds can be debated, the capacity of states to wage war is not limited to those occasions where it can be justified, on that basis or any.  According to some observers, the first decade of the 21st century witnessed a reassertion — in places like Georgia and Lebanon — of this more old-fashioned form of intervention.  This syllabus on military intervention more broadly will help keep you abreast of these less sanguine developments.

Recent Journal Articles

America’s Military Interventionism: a Social Evolutionary Interpretation
Shiping Tang, S R Joey Long
European Journal of International Relations
Published Online May 11, 2011

Explaining Public Support for the Use of Military Force: The Impact of Reference Point Framing and Prospective Decision Making
Hector Perla Jr
International Organization

Published Online February 8, 2011

Foreign Intervention and Warfare in Civil Wars
Adam Lockyer
Review of International Studies

Published Online January 5, 2011

Civil War Diffusion and Regional Motivations for Intervention
Jacob D Kathman
The Journal of Conflict Resolution

Published Online July 7, 2011

Managing Threat, Cost, and Incentive to Kill: The Short and Long Term Effects of Intervention in Mass Killings
Jacob D Kathman and Reed M Wood
The Journal of Conflict Resolution

Published Online May 26, 2011

Other Essays

“Obama’s Unconstitutional War”
Bruce Ackerman
Foreign Policy

March 24, 2011
“Obama’s Illegal War”
The Washington Times

March 18, 2011

“The Legal Implications of Military Intervention
in Libya”
Craig Martin
Huffington Post

March 2, 2011

New and Upcoming Books

Coalitions of Convenience – United States Military
Interventions after the Cold War

Sarah E Kreps;
Oxford University Press 2011
Click here to read a review

Extraterritorial Use of Force Against Non-State Actors
Noam Lubell;
Oxford University Press 2011
Click here to read a review

Necessity, Proportionality, and the Use of Force
by States

Judith Gardam;
Cambridge University Press, 2011

American Military Intervention in Unconventional War
From the Philippines to Iraq

Wayne Bert;
Palgrave MacMillan, 2011
Click here to read a review

Ethics and the Use of Force – Just War
in Historical Perspective

James Turner Johnson;
Ashgate Publishing, 2011
Click here to read a review

The Use of Force in International Law
Tarcisio Gazzini, Nikolaos Tsagourias (eds.);
Ashgate Publishing, 2012

Books being taught*

The Purpose of Intervention: Changing Beliefs about the Use of Force
Martha Finnemore
Cornell University Press, 2004

Balancing Risks: Great Power Intervention in the Periphery
Jeffrey Taliaferro
Cornell University Press, 2004

Does Peacekeeping Work? Shaping Belligerents’ Choices after Civil War
Virginia Page Fortna
Princeton University Press, 2008

At War’s End: Building Peace after Civil Conflict
Roland Paris
Cambridge University Press, 2004

The Ties That Divide: Ethnic Politics, Foreign Policy, and International Conflict
Stephen M Saideman
Columbia University Press, 2001

Deciding to Intervene: The Reagan Doctrine and American Foreign Policy
James M Scott
Duke University Press, 1996

*Selected from Professor Elizabeth Saunders’ course on Military Intervention at The George Washington University, Washington DC, United States.


Intervention in World Politics
Hedley Bull (ed.)
Clarendon Press/Oxford 1984

Foreign Military Intervention: The Dynamics of Protracted Conflict
Ariel E Levite, Bruce W Jentleson, Larry Berman (eds.)
Columbia University Press, 1992

The ISN’s own Digital Library contains further reading:

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