The Syndrome of Humanitarian Interventionism

The following is an extract from my chapter, “Imperial Abduction Lore and Humanitarian Seduction,” which serves as the introduction to Good Intentions: Norms and Practices of Imperial Humanitarianism (Montreal: Alert Press, 2014), pp. 1-34: The dominant ideology of US-led globalization since September 11, 2001, is one that configures society as existing in a state of… Read More The Syndrome of Humanitarian Interventionism

New Book: Good Intentions (Norms and Practices of Imperial Humanitarianism)

Good Intentions: Norms and Practices of Imperial Humanitarianism is the fourth volume in the New Imperialism series published by Alert Press, and it has just been released in hardcover, paperback, and in a couple of free versions online (a simple PDF, a bookmarked PDF [also here], or individual chapter files as below). In addition, over… Read More New Book: Good Intentions (Norms and Practices of Imperial Humanitarianism)

The Explicable Absence of R2P in Ukraine

When it comes to Ukraine’s conflict, where is the (precarious) quasi-elite of advocates of the “responsibility to protect” (R2P)? Why, yet again, have they chosen this moment to be silent? Quick to churn out incessant, not to mention intellectually vapid, op-eds calling for Western military aggression against Syria, and outraged by how Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi spoke… Read More The Explicable Absence of R2P in Ukraine