Kirthi Jayakumar's Blog – December 2012 Archive (5)

Intervening in Mali

In my Last Post, I spoke about the DR Congo vis-a-vis Intervention on Humanitarian Grounds. This post focuses on Mali.

When a bunch of junior soldiers seized control of Mali’s Presidential Palace, declaring the government dissolved and its constitution suspended, the world didn’t sit up and take notice. When there was a spate of destruction directed at…

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Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on December 31, 2012 at 1:22am — No Comments

Is there a Responsibility to Protect the DR Congo?

In my Last Post, I spoke about Syria. In today's post, I will be speaking about the DR Congo.

Over the past few years, one thing has become clear in foreign policy. When a people find themselves in a predicament where they are oppressed and deprived of their rights, external help comes to them sometimes, from other states in the world.…

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Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on December 26, 2012 at 1:00am — No Comments

Syria and the Prospect of Intervention

In my last post, I spoke about the relationship between R2P and Humanitarian Intervention. This post takes a look at Syria and evaluates the prospect of intervention.

Traditional international law restricts arbitrary conduct of states in their relations with each other. States are expected to respect the sovereign rights of other states by ensuring that they do not violate…

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Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on December 18, 2012 at 1:30am — No Comments

R2P and Humanitarian Intervention

In my last post, I spoke about the grounds that should underlie any policy of Intervention on Humanitarian Grounds. This post will address the overlapping ideals of the Responsibility to Protect and Humanitarian Intervention.

In 2005, a doctrine called the Responsibility to Protect had evolved at the behest of the UN General Assembly. Five years before…

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Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on December 9, 2012 at 10:47am — No Comments

Grounds that should underlie Humanitarian Intervention.

In the last post, I spoke about the principles that should ideally underlie an endeavour of humanitarian intervention, and perhaps, manifest in any overarching legislation that aspires to cover the issue.

Primarily, an intervention on humanitarian grounds must pursue a “just cause”. A situation warranting intervention could be anything from a state representing…

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Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on December 3, 2012 at 1:30am — No Comments

Carnegie Council

Fight for Liberty, with Max Boot, Philip Bobbitt, Garry Kasparov, & Bret Stephens

We live in a time when liberal democracy is on the defensive, not only in the U.S. but around the world. Yet these speakers, whose roots reflect the political spectrum, are optimistic that having a fresh discussion on moral values and basic principles such as freedom of speech, a free press, and the rule of law can help bring democracy back to health. Don't miss this valuable discussion.

Global Ethics Weekly: Science Fiction, Micro-democracy, & Information, with Malka Older

Malka Older has spent time as an aid worker in Darfur, Indonesia, and Japan, as was discussed in last week's podcast, but she also has another role: science fiction novelist. Her latest book, "State Tectonics," is the third in a series that explores the concepts of "micro-democracy" and a "global information management bureacracy" in the near future. How have separatists from East Timor to Catalonia influenced Older's novels?

Unlocking the Potential of Young Working Women in the Middle East and North Africa

Through the story of Fatima AlRiami, a doctor in Yemen, Mariel Davis of Education for Employment not only illustrates some of the challenges that young women face in entering the workforce in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), but also highlights the potential of those who do make it into the labor market.

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