Ellery Stowell and the Enduring Dilemmas of Humanitarian Intervention

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Title Ellery Stowell and the Enduring Dilemmas of Humanitarian Intervention
Author Glanville, Luke
Journal Name International Studies Review
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Abstract Ellery Stowell’s detailed study of humanitarian intervention, published in 1921, rewards a close reading today. In this article, I consider two broad themes of his work that continue to be of particular relevance. First, his discussion of the rightfulness of humanitarian intervention is grounded in a concept of responsible sovereignty which is remarkably similar to present-day notions of “sovereignty as responsibility” and “the responsibility to protect.” I suggest that this points to an enduring intimate relationship between sovereignty and responsibility which both advocates and critics of intervention for the protection of populations today have a problematic tendency to either ignore or forget. Second, his argument that external actors possess not merely a right but an obligation to intervene to enforce the protection of populations has clear parallels with the present-day notion that the society of states bears a “responsibility to protect” populations. I observe that, while much has changed, advocates of “the responsibility to protect” continue to struggle to overcome some of the same dilemmas about the “imperfect” nature of this obligation that confronted Stowell.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2486.2011.01023.x
Copyright Statement Self-archiving of the author-manuscript version is not yet supported by this journal. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version or contact the author[s] for more information.
Volume 13
Issue Number 2
Page from 241
Page to 258
ISSN 1521-9488
Date Accessioned 2011-11-15
Language en_US
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject International Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/42313
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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