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Introduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  25 November 2021

Fabian Klose
Affiliation:
Universität zu Köln
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In the year 2000, to coincide with the turn of the millennium, Kofi Annan, the then secretary-general of the United Nations, released a report in which he discussed at length the role of the UN and the challenges faced by the organisation in the twenty-first century.2 Annan’s detailed reflections extended from questions of globalisation, peacekeeping, the global struggle to overcome poverty, and long-term environmental and climate protection to the structural reform of the UN and its various agencies and sub-organisations. They were intended as proposals to the member states of the UN ahead of its millennium summit, at which joint solutions to pressing problems both present and future were to be discussed. A central concern of Annan’s was the propagation of universal human rights, and he accordingly pushed to bolster the international protection mechanisms already in place. His proposed strategies not only included the establishment of the International Criminal Court and the general strengthening of international humanitarian law, but also implied the concept of humanitarian intervention – the direct intervention, ultimately backed up by force, in the internal affairs of a sovereign state for the purpose of protecting humanitarian norms.3

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In the Cause of Humanity
A History of Humanitarian Intervention in the Long Nineteenth Century
, pp. 1 - 18
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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  • Introduction
  • Fabian Klose, Universität zu Köln
  • Book: In the Cause of Humanity
  • Online publication: 25 November 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009029186.001
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  • Introduction
  • Fabian Klose, Universität zu Köln
  • Book: In the Cause of Humanity
  • Online publication: 25 November 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009029186.001
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  • Introduction
  • Fabian Klose, Universität zu Köln
  • Book: In the Cause of Humanity
  • Online publication: 25 November 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009029186.001
Available formats
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