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The Dark Sides of Virtue By David Kennedy, Jr.

The Dark Sides of Virtue
by David Kennedy, Jr.

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Explores what can go awry when we put our humanitarian yearnings into action on a global scale - and what we can do in response. This book examines campaigns for human rights, refugee protection, economic development, and for humanitarian limits to the conduct of war.
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The Dark Sides of Virtue: Reassessing International Humanitarianism by David Kennedy, Jr.

In this provocative and timely book, David Kennedy explores what can go awry when we put our humanitarian yearnings into action on a global scale--and what we can do in response. Rooted in Kennedy's own experience in numerous humanitarian efforts, the book examines campaigns for human rights, refugee protection, economic development, and for humanitarian limits to the conduct of war. It takes us from the jails of Uruguay to the corridors of the United Nations, from the founding of a non-governmental organization dedicated to the liberation of East Timor to work aboard an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. Kennedy shares the satisfactions of international humanitarian engagement--but also the disappointments of a faith betrayed. With humanitarianism's new power comes knowledge that even the most well-intentioned projects can create as many problems as they solve. Kennedy develops a checklist of the unforeseen consequences, blind spots, and biases of humanitarian work--from focusing too much on rules and too little on results to the ambiguities of waging war in the name of human rights. He explores the mix of altruism, self-doubt, self-congratulation, and simple disorientation that accompany efforts to bring humanitarian commitments to foreign settings. Writing for all those who wish that "globalization" could be more humane, Kennedy urges us to think and work more pragmatically. A work of unusual verve, honesty, and insight, this insider's account urges us to embrace the freedom and the responsibility that come with a deeper awareness of the dark sides of humanitarian governance.

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The Dark Sides of Virtue Reviews


"David Kennedy's new book reflects on the misunderstandings and mistakes that sometimes lurk amidst the work and results of well-intentioned people who are trying to make the world a better place... This is a disheartening but essential book."--Donald W. Jackson, The Law and Politics Book Review "Important and timely... The most systematic and attentive treatment of the problems that arise when ideas of humanitarian professionalism contradict the real needs of people in distress."--Eric A. Heinze, Perspectives in Political Science "This is an interesting and important book... [W]hat Kennedy does do well is to argue that the humanitarian community has by and large failed to confront the reality of bad consequences flowing from good intentions."--Ramesh Thakur, Japanese Journal of Political Science "David Kennedy ... has written in this work a provocative analysis of those who would better the lives of individuals through action in international relations... Kennedy is always stimulating and well worth reading."--David P. Forsythe, The American Journal of International Law "There is a sort of almost spiritually liberating quality in [Kennedy's] relentless self-examination, in his search for a meta-shift of focus for the discipline, in his search for new boundaries to trespass beyond what can be concretely said... Kennedy's call for a pragmatic and responsible humanitarian self-empowerment can appeal to many."--Ignacio de la Rasilla del Moral, European Journal of International Law

About David Kennedy, Jr.


David Kennedy is Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

Table of Contents


Preface xi Acknowledgments xxvii PART I: The International Humanitarian as Advocate and Activist 1 Chapter One: The International Human Rights Movement: Part of the Problem? 3 Chapter Two: Spring Break: The Activist Individual 37 Chapter Three: Autumn Weekend: The Activist Community 85 PART II: The International Humanitarian as Policy Maker 109 Chapter Four: Humanitarian Policy Making: Pragmatism without Politics? 111 Chapter Five: The Rule of Law as a Strategy for Economic Development 149 Chapter Six: Bringing Market Democracy to Eastern and Central Europe 169 Chapter Seven: The International Protection of Refugees 199 Chapter Eight: Humanitarianism and Force 235 PART III: What International Humanitarianism Should Become 325 Chapter Nine: Humanitarian Power 327 Index 359

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GOR003597443
The Dark Sides of Virtue: Reassessing International Humanitarianism by David Kennedy, Jr.
David Kennedy, Jr.
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Princeton University Press
2005-08-08
400
0691123942
9780691123943
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