About the Author vi Foreword to the Second Edition by Gareth Evans viii Preface and Acknowledgments xiii List of Abbreviations xviii Introduction 1 1 Conceptual Building Blocks 6 2 "Humanitarian" Interventions: Thumbnail Sketches 34 3 New Wars and New Humanitarianisms 66 4 New Thinking: The Responsibility to Protect 97 5 So What? Moving from Rhetoric to Reality 133 Notes 174 Selected Readings 210 Index 215
Thomas G. Weiss is presidential professor of political science and director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the City University of New York Graduate Center.
"In Humanitarian Intervention: Ideas in Action, Tom Weissagain demonstrates his unique talent for bringing conceptualclarity and rigorous analysis to pressing and messy real-worlddilemmas. Protecting endangered people abroad raises thorny issues- politically, practically, and ethically. In this engaging book,Weiss offers a conceptual guide to understanding these dilemmas,and his application of these concepts to contemporary humanitarianemergencies will be useful to both scholars and practitionersalike. This is an essential book for anyone interested inhumanitarian action." Martha Finnemore, George Washington University "Few observers have written more, or more persuasively, thanProfessor Weiss, and this is his best work to date. A sensible,thorough and realistic treatment." Fernando R. Tesoon, Florida State University College ofLaw