Humanitarian Intervention

The Case for British Strikes Against the Islamic State

James Snell | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

We can, with our technology, our material and our enviable financial position, intervene on the right side. We can fight the aggressors, the fascists, and rescue Iraq from the scourge of Islamist violence. But this is only possible in coalition, in alliance. Leaving the Kurds to fight the Islamic State alone is immoral; abandoning Iraq is equally bad; and letting the United States shoulder the burdens of internationalism alone fails the very definition of the term.

When Will the Crisis in Syria End?

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Politics
Tasnim Nazeer

When will the bloodshed of innocent civilians in Syria come to an end? Why should innocent Syrian civilians have to pay the price for violence that has been prevalent in the country since the uprising against President Bashar al Assad? The humanitarian crisis in Syria is at its worst as civilians are being left without basic human needs due to limited funds.

Syria's Spillover Effect on Jordan

Nikita Malik | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nikita Malik

The Jordanian border is difficult to police. There are more than 40 crossing points, and they are used by both refugees fleeing Syria's civil war and smugglers. Although border guards receive Syrians seeking refuge in Jordan on a daily basis, they must increasingly watch for infiltrators from both sides.

What We Need to Save Lives in South Sudan

Arjan Hehenkamp | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK
Arjan Hehenkamp

Ordinary South Sudan citizens have been extraordinarily affected by the violent events of the past weeks. The destruction of hospitals and markets, as well as the increased pressure on host communities due to mass displacement, brings me to this conclusion: South Sudan will face a humanitarian emergency for the months to come, and its people will need all the help they can get.

Intervention in Syria Is Still an Urgent Necessity

James Snell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Iran's government has tricked us all. With the ascension of Hassan Rouhani - a high ranking cleric - to the Presidency, the nation's theocratic leaders endeavoured to demonstrate that they had moved away from the geopolitical machinations of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's court...

Syria, UN and Military Intervention

Sajid Suleman | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics
Sajid Suleman

The civil war in Syria is at a critical juncture with alleged use of chemical weapons and threats of foreign military intervention. If there is to be an international response, it must come from the United Nations and not individual States taking the law into their own hands.

Tread Carefully: The Perils of US Intervention

Harry Brown | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Brown

Now, it is all but certain that President Obama is to conduct some form of military intervention in light of the use of chemical weapons on the Syrian population perpetrated by the Assad Regime. This week marks an important phase in the build up to a possible humanitarian intervention.

A Win for Democracy, A Loss for Morality

Richard Pass | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Pass

On the one hand, the British public, clearly sceptical of intervention in Syria, had their voices heard. Last night was, however, also a profoundly bitter moment because of what it says to the world about the morality of the British people. Is it not ironic and tragic to be celebrating the triumph of democracy and freedom of speech through ignoring the cries of the Syrian people for exactly the same rights?

Unanswered Questions on Syria

Hasan Dindjer | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Hasan Dindjer

The march towards military action against Syria has begun. This much is clear from the bellicose rhetoric of Western leaders, the leaks to the press about possible military strategies, and the rolling cast of experts gracing our screens to explain how strikes against Syria might work...

The Kurdish Revival?

Gary Kent | Posted 22.08.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The public outrage led to Prime Minister John Major taking the lead in establishing a no-fly zone over the safe haven of Iraqi Kurdistan. It was a triumph for humanitarian intervention which was not, as it happened, sanctioned by the UN. It saved the Kurds.

As Syrian Intervention Looms, Can We Trust David Cameron on Foreign Policy?

James Elliott | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Politics
James Elliott

One question that has consistently been ducked by the warmongering interventionists, who range from encouraging arms sales to jihadis to openly calling for the abandonment of all negotiations, is this: Can we trust David Cameron when it comes to foreign policy?

A Humanitarian 'Proxy War' in Syria?

Dr Jonathan Gilmore | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Jonathan Gilmore

For over two years now, European policymakers have struggled to provide a coherent response to the convulsion of violence that has befallen Syria. As with Libya in 2011, much of the debate has centred on the question of what role European states should play in protecting vulnerable civilians beyond our borders.

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Halabja and Kurdish Genocide in Iraq Shows We Must Move From 'Never Again' to 'Always Prevent'

John Slinger | Posted 23.05.2013 | UK Politics
John Slinger

While many of the world's governments want to prevent genocide, they almost never act to achieve this aim. This despite most being signatories to the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide which is explicitly designed to compel them to do just that.

This House Would Go to War for Human Rights

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 16.01.2013 | UK Politics
The Cambridge Union Society

On Thursday evening, the topic for discussion at the Cambridge Union Society was the justification for humanitarian military intervention. Edward Delman and Mark Nelson, both postgraduate students and Cambridge University, argue in proposition and in opposition of the motion respectively.

Back to the Future of Intervention With Syria

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 10.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

Richard Chew writes about the need for Western intervention in Syria and compares the current crisis to that of thirty years ago when the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood led a Sunni resistance to Hafez Al-Assad's minority Alawite regime.

Saddam Hussein and Sam Main - The Rights and Wrongs of Intervention

Samuel Walker | Posted 14.02.2012 | UK
Samuel Walker

On 15 November, America officially left Iraq - mission accomplished, the war is over. While pondering the rights and wrongs of the intervention in Iraq, I heard about Sam Main a young Scottish student who was thrown of the Edinburgh to Perth train by the 'Big Man' for not having a ticket.

The Necessary Force of Humanitarian Intervention

Francis Hoar | Posted 24.10.2011 | UK Politics
Francis Hoar

It isn't when people are proved right that they become convinced of the righteousness of their arguments. It is when they have been proved wrong.