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The Question of Intervention: John Stuart Mill and the Responsibility to Protect

Michael W. Doyle


The question of when or whether a nation should intervene in another country's affairs is one of the most important concerns in today's volatile world. Taking John Stuart Mill's famous 1859 essay “A Few Words on Non Intervention” as his starting point, international relations scholar Michael W. Doyle addresses the thorny issue of when a state's sovereignty should be respected and when it should be overridden or disregarded by other states in the name of humanitarian protection, national self determination, or national security. In this time of complex social and political interplay and increas ... More

Keywords: intervention, nonintervention, humanitarian protection, national self determination, national security, John Stuart Mill, United Nations, Peacebuilding, Responsibility to protect

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300172638
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300172638.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael W. Doyle, author
Columbia University