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Diplomatic Interventions

Conflict and Change in a Globalizing World


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. K. M. Fierke
    Pages 1-18
  3. K. M. Fierke
    Pages 19-40
  4. K. M. Fierke
    Pages 41-60
  5. K. M. Fierke
    Pages 61-78
  6. K. M. Fierke
    Pages 79-100
  7. K. M. Fierke
    Pages 101-116
  8. K. M. Fierke
    Pages 117-136
  9. K. M. Fierke
    Pages 137-157
  10. K. M. Fierke
    Pages 158-179
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 180-221

About this book


Diplomatic Interventions argues that war is a social construction. In so doing, it unsettles the definition of intervention, as a coercive interference by one state in the affairs of another, to examine the range of communicative or 'diplomatic' practices which through their presence modify the experience of war. The tension between claims that war is pervasive and that war is a social construct is analysed in relation to a range of moral, legal, military, economic, cultural, and therapeutic interventions. The concluding chapter highlights how the book itself is a critical intervention that requires us look at again from a new angle at international practice.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Politics and International StudiesQueen’s UniversityBelfastIreland

About the authors

K.M. FIERKE is a Reader in the School of Politics and International Studies at Queen's University Belfast. She is author of Changing Games, Changing Strategies: Critical Investigations in Security (1998), co-editor of Constructing International Relations: The Next Generation (2001), and has published articles in several prominent journals as well as contributing to numerous edited books.

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' Diplomatic Interventions is an important contribution to the constructivist literature, offering a compelling argument for the social construction of war. With a breadth that spans the just war doctrine, humanitarian intervention, war crimes, pre-emptive self-defence, arms sales, cultural propaganda, and much more, Fierke persuasively argues that, in effect, war is what we make of it. Essential reading for all who study war and conflict resolution.' - Brian Frederking, McKendree College, USA