liberal interventionism

  • August 28, 2013

    The performance of the young US State Department spokesperson on BBC Newsnight this evening (27 August) was extremely chilling, not least for the insouciant way in which a series of necessarily probing questions about a military strike on Syria were simply waved away with stock remarks like, "we'll factor that in".

  • August 27, 2013

    According to the US state department, a strike on Syria could come "within days" as military assets are "ready to go". Simon Barrow looks at what underlies both the accusations of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and the current US-driven fervour for another military intervention in the troubled region.

  • June 8, 2013

    Civilians in Mali are among dozens tortured, killed and disappeared, including while in detention, since the launch of the French army’s intervention.

  • May 20, 2011

    Whatever happens in Libya in the coming weeks, the dichotomy in western policy between armed intervention in one situation and lack of an adequate response elsewhere will continue, casting a shadow over humanitarian claims and undermining other proclaimed purposes, says Professor Paul Rogers. The damage and the lost opportunities produced will be measured for years to come. The west's military-political strategy prolongs the war in Libya and gives space to authoritarian regimes elsewhere in the region.

  • April 8, 2011

    Is humanitarian military intervention correctly characterised 'lesser evil'? John Heathershaw considers five questions about the nature and the prospects of intervention in Libya. He asks poignantly where the responsibility is in the much-vaunted ‘responsibility to protect’?

  • March 22, 2011

    British parliamentarians have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the government's military action in Iraq, but with many expressing serious misgivings.

  • March 21, 2011

    "Is it ever right for Christians to support military action in places like Libya?" That was the question posed to me on Premier Christian Radio this morning, alongside the pragmatic issue of what is happening following the Western bombing raids and what the wider implications are.

  • March 21, 2011

    The German government has responded robustly to critics who say that it should endorse the current US, UK and French bombing raids on Libya.

  • March 20, 2011

    The UK chancellor has pointedly refused to rule out British ground troops being sent to Libya, despite the clear position of UN Security Resolution 1973.

  • March 20, 2011

    Global concern is growing over the military action taken by US, UK and French forces in Libya, both in terms of its short- and long-term impact.