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Title: British foreign policy in former Yugoslavia 1989-99 : from Westphalian realism to ethical humanitarian intervention?
Author: McCumiskey, John Patrick
Awarding Body: Manchester Metropolitan University
Current Institution: Manchester Metropolitan University
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis examines Britain's foreign policy in former Yugoslavia 1989-1999. lt argues that, although the general assumption is that Britain's foreign policy in former Yugoslavia in the course of the Slovene/Croat secessions 1991 and Bosnian War 1992-1995 was unethical and unjust, as opposed to the Blair intervention in Kosovo in 1999, in reality the situation is much more complex. The thesis provides an examination of the period in its entirety to assist an understanding of one of the most traumatic periods in recent European history and shows the difficulty of formulating a post-cold War British foreign policy in Europe's Byzantine region. The principal conclusion of the thesis is that, contrary to current assumptions, Britain's intervention under the Major government during 1991-1995 was not perfect, but it was more ethical and just than many people believe. Conversely, its intervention under the Blair government in 1999 was more unjust and unethical than many assume. Using theoretical interpretations of international norms maintained since the Peace of Westphalia, the thesis argues that the Blair government's actions were a break with those norms. In reality, New Labour's intervention has heralded a new era of pragmatic direct military intervention under the guise of humanitarian intervention and justwar. The thesis exposes the flaws in this approach, and contests the ethical nature of the new, apparently normative, theory of direct militaryhumanitarian action.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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