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Two Decades of Military Interventions: Questions of Law, Morality, and Effectiveness

In the past two decades, the UK has been involved, along with other countries, in many military interventions. There have also been cases in which states have failed to intervene. These actions, and failures to act, have raised a range of questions. In July 2009, a British Academy Forum explored the underlying factors that have led to these interventions, the lawfulness of the use of force, the adequacy of existing international rules and institutions, and the capacity of intervening forces to achieve change. One of the participants, Dr Dominik Zaum, discusses the issues.

• Dominik Zaum

The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.

Published in British Academy Review, Issue 14 (November 2009).