Motivations for Humanitarian intervention

Theoretical and Empirical Considerations

  • Andreas Krieg

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Ethics book series (BRIEFSETHIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. The Normative Debate

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. The Empirical Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Andreas Krieg
      Pages 123-132
    3. Andreas Krieg
      Pages 133-136

About this book


This Brief sheds light on the motivation of humanitarian intervention from a theoretical and empirical point of view. An in-depth analysis of the theoretical arguments surrounding the issue of a legitimate motivation for humanitarian intervention demonstrate to what extent either altruism or national/self-interests are considered a righteous stimulus. The question about what constitutes a just intervention has been at the core of debates in Just War Theory for centuries. In particular in regards to humanitarian intervention it is oftentimes difficult to define the criteria for a righteous intervention. More than in conventional military interventions, the motivation and intention behind humanitarian intervention is a crucial factor.   Whether the humanitarian intervention cases of the post-Cold War era were driven by altruistic or by self-interested considerations is a question is covered within and enables a comprehensive and holistic evaluation of the question of what motivates Western democracies to intervene or to abstain from intervention in humanitarian crises. ​


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Authors and affiliations

  • Andreas Krieg
    • 1
  1. 1., War & Defence StudiesKing's College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

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