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Discussion Questions

  1. What are the limits of sovereignty and the international legal principle of nonintervention?

  2. To what extent is humanitarian intervention now a legitimate practice in international society?

  3. How can just and unjust interventions be distinguished?

  4. What kinds and degrees of threats to a population justify an international response?

  5. Must interventions be authorized by an international body, such as the UN Security Council?

  6. When might unauthorized or unilateral interventions be appropriate?

  7. Do states have to be democratic and respect human rights in order to earn the right against intervention?

  8. Does international society have a moral duty to end the genocide in Darfur?

  9. What other kinds of concerns should trigger an interventionist response? Does taking environmentalism seriously require us to further rethink the assumptions of the state system?

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