Responsibility to Protect or Trojan Horse The Crisis in Darfur and Humanitarian Intervention after Iraq by A J Bellamy

0 Comment


In a reflective exploration of the arguments of A.J. Bellamy in the article, it becomes lucid that he takes up a very relevant topic for discussion and offers some convincing arguments in a systematic discussion. Significantly, the context of its subject matter is highly important to the international debates in the background of the norms of humanitarian intervention since the 2003 war in Iraq. The norm of humanitarian intervention as put forward by the author has a great relevance in the context of rising interference of the international community in the affairs of the local governments and states in the contemporary world. According to the author, the situation in Darfur has been crucial in revealing two of the most delicate changes to the humanitarian intervention norm at the international scenario. A.J. Bellamy puts forward his arguments in a very effective way when he argues that the debates on Darfur have offered convincing evidence about the weakened standing of the United States and the U.K. as norm carriers of the international humanitarian intervention. He also makes use of the arguments by other writers on the topic to prove that there is a lack of confidence in the leading role taken by these states at the international setting, although there is no perceptible change in the level of consensus about humanitarian intervention. On the basis of the Darfur case, the author tries to prove that the language involving responsibility to legitimize arguments against action by claiming that primary responsibility in certain contested cases. still lies with the state, and not (yet) with an international body. (Bellamy 2005, p. 33). Therefore, the arguments made by the author in this article have helped highlight the important and responsible role to be played by the international society based on the humanitarian intervention norm. In other words, these arguments by the author are important