The Issue Of International Politics

1846 Words Oct 18th, 2015 8 Pages
This essay focuses on one of the most controversial topics in international politics. The question of when, if ever, is it acceptable for states to take strict and in particular coercive military action against another state for the purpose of protecting humans at risk. After the end of the cold war, this became a lingering issue in international politics. During this period, there have been many cries for intervention - some of them being answered and some being ignored. But there continues to be a difference of opinion in the international community as to whether there is an imperative requirement of the right to intervention. If so, when should this right be exercised and who should be responsible for carrying out such an important task? These are just some of the questions highlighted in the following argument.

According to Britannica (2015), sovereignty in political theory, is the ultimate authority in the decision-making process of the state and in the maintenance of order within its territories. The idea of sovereignty also points to the idea of non-intervention whereby other states cannot intervene in the domestic affairs of a particular state. A point strengthened by Article 2 (4) of the United Nations Charter: “The Charter prohibits the threat or use of force and calls on all Members to respect the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of other States. “
However, one of the most awkward issues faced by the United Nations in recent…
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