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Globalization, international intervention and the assignment of blame

Alessandra Sarquis

Abstract


Critical theorists dwell on the pressing issue of how states and multilateral organizations actually become agents who assign moral responsibilities among themselves.  A promising, yet insufficient approach to the issue considers that these collective agents are constituted inside ethical practices of responsibilities dominated by a power inequality amongst them. I argue that such approach fails to consider the extent to which the dynamic interaction of old and new political actors in a globalized context affects these practices and allows for inclusiveness and fluidity in the allocation of blame. The argument is pursued by analyzing the forms by which this dynamic interaction has been affecting the narrative and practice of UN interventions, particularly in Iraq and Kosovo.


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states, moral responsibility, global practices, UN interventions.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.14666/2194-7759-7-2-003

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