Realpolitik and humanitarian intervention: The case of Somalia

  title={Realpolitik and humanitarian intervention: The case of Somalia},
  author={David N. Gibbs},
  journal={International Politics},
  • D. N. Gibbs
  • Published 2000
  • Political Science
  • International Politics
This article examines factors that motivate major powers to participate in humanitarian interventions, with a case study of US intervention in Somalia during the period 1992-93. Two potential explanations are assessed: First, the ar ticle considers the conventional perspective that the Un i ted States interven ti on was guided by hu m a n i t a rian con s i dera ti on s , particularly a desire to attenuate effects of famine,war, and political disorder in Somalia. Second,US intervention may have… 
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