Eliot A. Cohen
Hard Choices: Moral Dilemmas in Humanitarian Interventionby Jonathan Moore
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Since Somalia, the international community has found itself changing its view of humanitarian intervention. Operations designed to alleviate suffering and achieve peace sometimes produce damaging results. The United Nations, nongovernmental organizations, military and civilian agencies alike find themselves in the midst of confusion and weakness where what they seek are clarity and stability. Competing needs, rights, and values can obscure even the best international efforts to quell violence and assuage crises of poverty. More attention must be paid to the complexity of issues and moral dilemmas involved. This volume of original essays by international policy leaders, practitioners, and scholars brings together insights into the conflicting moral pressures present in different kinds of interventions ranging from Rwanda and Somalia to Haiti, Cambodia, and Bosnia. From their various cultural and professional perspectives the authors cover issues of human rights, sanctions, arms trade, refugees, HIV, and the media. Together they make the case that, although there are no easy answers, moral reflection and content can improve the quality of decisionmaking and intervention in internal conflicts. Published under the auspices of The International Committee of the Red Cross.
Eliot A. Cohen
Larman C. Wilson, American University
Diane Paul, Human Rights Watch, Brown University Humanitarianism and War Project, Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rig
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Jonathan Moore is a senior advisor to the administrator of the UN Development Program and associate at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University.
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