The State Centric Construction Of The International Politics

3219 WordsNov 16, 201413 Pages
The state-centric construction of the international politics has forever made forceful interventions a contentious issue. In defining forceful intervention, Pattison states that “ the conceptual condition of a forceful intervention requires the intervention to occur against someone’s wishes, particularly those who are responsible for the humanitarian crisis for the sole purpose of preventing, reducing or halting actual or impending loss of life and human suffering. It is crucial to note that this ‘humanitarian crisis’ is politically induced and is not the result of any natural disasters and that the only viable option left to deal with this circumstance is a military intervention. Hence this paper holds that a humanitarian crisis under above mentioned conditions justifies a forceful intervention i.e. a military intervention by one state in another state. The nature of these humanitarian crises has been similar throughout the history, but justifications for the interventions that follow after these crises have indeed evolved. The paper discusses three circumstances in three different epochs of world politics where forceful interventions were justified. The paper presents the interventions chronologically so as to demonstrate the evolutionary nature of the concept. Firstly, the paper presents the often neglected untold circumstances of the Indian subcontinent in the cold war, when India invaded East Pakistan (present day Bangladesh) in 1971 against the West Pakistan
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